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When shipping a bike, RD on, RD off?

Old 09-04-11, 05:33 PM
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When shipping a bike, RD on, RD off?

Simple poll.

On.
Off.
Depends. Support a depends answer with an example.
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Old 09-04-11, 05:35 PM
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If it's a Suntour type that can be removed without breaking the chain, I'd pull it because it's easy. Otherwise, I'd leave it on.
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Old 09-04-11, 05:43 PM
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Off, don't cut any cables. Wrap it well and secure it inside the rear triangle.
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Off. no need for extra leverage to bend the hanger. No need for extra thing to stick through the box.
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Off, don't cut any cables. Wrap it well and secure it inside the rear triangle.
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Old 09-04-11, 06:06 PM
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On! The only things that should come off are the wheels, seatpost/saddle, and pedals. I heavily wrap all of the bike parts and complete frame with that foamy bubble wrap, and put more of that bubble wrap in all of the inside of the box to add additional protection. Additioally, if you can get some styrofoam sheets, put that along the inside of the box( sides, front and back), then the bike (completely wrapped) then the wheels, and finally that extra bubble wrap). Not all bike collectors/cyclists are mechanically inclined, so an additional task of putting on a BD would be challenging. The simpler the better for the new owner. This is my method, and I ship with the end user in mind. First, keeping his new baby safe, and second making it as easy as possible to put it ack together and ride. Thanks!

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Off. Wrap it in bubble wrap or something protective and tape it up onto the frame out of the way. It can stay connected. Another alternative that I have experienced is having a bike shipped to me with the padded derailleur just pulled up tight against the chain stay and taped. The one time I got a bike shipped to me with the derailleur still hanging, the dropout was bent halfway closed so that I could not insert the wheel. When that happens not only does it need to be repaired, but there is worry about alignment.I just had a bike shipped from New York and the guy disconnected the Sun Tour derailleur but left the cable attached and chain running through it. He wrapped the derailleur and taped it on top of the chain stay, wrapped the excess chain and tapped that up to. The entire frame was enclosed in in pipe insulation so all was fine.
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Rear wheel on, derailleur on. Rear wheel off, derailleur off.

The drop out cannot be bent if the rear wheel is left on. Shift to big cog, no problems, the derailleur is inside the triangle, chain is tight. Doesn't apply if you are a total klutz packing, which seems to be about 95% of the sellers.
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Old 09-04-11, 06:31 PM
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^ +1


On.

No need to take it off if the rear wheel is on, just shift up to the highest cog and it is out of the way.
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I'd also like to add, that a vast majority of buyers are not adept at re-assembling, and keeping it as simple as possible is a huge plus for those folks.

Installing a chain and rear derailleur is beyond the capability of a lot of people, and properly adjusting STI/Ergo's is near impossible for those folks.

If I'm selling a bike on eBay, I will make it as end user friendly as possible, unless told otherwise by the buyer. I've yet to have a complaint, and usually my packing is commented on in the feedback.
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^^why i don't sell complete bikes on ebay anymore.
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Another +1 for the derailleur being on when shipped. It's pretty impressive to see the efficiency in the way new bikes are shipped in a box, and the rear wheel and rear derailleur are on. There are variations from brand to brand, model to model, etc., but on derailleur-equipped bikes, the bike is always shipped with the derailleur on the bike.
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Off, and ship it with a new ss shift cable.
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Depends on the buyer's skill level. I vote for off if the buyer is competent. I would think that even with the rear wheel in place, an unfortunate whack by a UPS gorilla might bend the hanger.

*no offense meant to either UPS drivers ...or gorillas.
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I've never shipped a whole bike, so my opinion here isn't worth much. That said, I'd probably take it off. I'd assume the recipient either had enough knowledge to deal with setting it back up, or enough sense to take it to the LBS if they didn't. I'd just rather not risk bending the hanger.
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I voted "depends."

Basically it depends why would you want that, and is it even possible. If there's a good reason to leave it on (such an inept buyer) or whatever, and if can package it so it's safe on, then on. Either of those conditions lacking, it's off.
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+1 Depends, for the reason a couple of others mentioned. Rear wheel on, RD on. Rear wheel off, RD off.

I wish the seller would have left the rear wheel on my Prologue. Would have prevented the drop out from getting bent/crushed, and the chain from doing damage to the chain stay (derailleur was loose......, chain still attached.....)

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I have shipped hundreds of bikes and I try to always leave the rear derailleur on, if possible.

Shift to the biggest cog. Install a plastic protector (these come in many bicycle boxes and can usually be had, free of charge, from a local bicycle shop). Just go ask, or explain, what you want and my bet is you will walk out with several pieces that will help make the packing of a bicycle much easier.

If you do things this way, assemble is greatly simplified for the person receiving the bicycle. And, done this way, I have never had a derailleur come through the box, or get damaged during shipping.

Hope this is a help.
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Randy, my guess you have shipped more bikes than anyone on this forum. Do you have a rough idea of how many bikes you have shipped? You also tend to ship them further.
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Also remove the rear drop adjusting screws. They seem to bend during shipping.

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Off. And I let the buyer know before hand what thy'll need to do to the bike for re-assembly and I dont ship untill I get an acknowledgement responce.
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Old 09-05-11, 07:03 AM
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I've packed a few hundred and every one is different. If done correctly there should be no 'buldge' in the middle of the box:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...highlight=pack
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I normally leave the RD on but shift it to the largest cog like when they come from the factory. the one time I did ship a bike sans wheels I took the RD off and blocked the rear triangle prety good.
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U have to take all those small things and put them in another box, chain, rd, brake calipers, or anything that could fall off or damage the bike or could be damaged in transit, u have to play safe man.
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