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Old 01-10-20, 10:25 PM
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How to pack a frame for shipping?

I need to send a steel frame interstate, and can't find much info on how to pack it - there are plenty of tutorials on disassembling and packing full bikes into boxes, but nothing about wrapping just the frame.

I'm aware that the fork/rear dropouts need some material in between them so they don't get bent in transit, but should I unscrew the headset and take the forks off of the frame? Should I just use styrofoam wrap/bubble wrap and then wrap that with cardboard?

Any info is appreciated thanks
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I work in a bike shop so I will share how we do it. Dropouts get a spacer,you can probably get then at a shop we always have extras, foam tube like pipe insulation around all tubes . Then pack the empty areas with foam,bubble wrap lots of newspaper.
Then use Ship Bikes to send as they use FedEx.
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Typically when I get a new frame the fork is separate but that is usually due to the fact I don't have a headset on it because I don't much go for anything but Cane Creek and generally 110 series (except threaded I go Chris King)

It sounds like you got it pretty well figured out. Basically your goal is to make sure the frame doesn't get damaged in shipping do if you wrap it well and put something to hold the dropouts you will be fine.
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Remember that the cost of shipping things like this is the size of the box, not the weight
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This frame was shipped last summer. The tubes are protected with foam pool noodles. The dropouts are supported with a wood dowel attached with screws and fender washers. I also fill the voids in the box with strips of cardboard cut the width of the box, they're folded into 10" triangles three layers thick. This is a lot of extra work, but the box is almost crush proof.

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Originally Posted by brian3069 View Post

I had a bike frame shipped to me last year and it was packed just like this! It came from factory this way. It was in a giant bike box and was wrapped up in these noodles. It was much prettier but it was the same and it was great. Rear drop outs had a plastic dummy axle in it and the BB had plugs threaded in. The headset also had plastic caps installed. No issues. Took me like 30 minutes to unwrap the darn thing!

They used bike flights to ship being it came from Canada and it was perfect.
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Shipping costs are affected by the size of the object as much as by the weight. Try to find a frame box at your local bike store rather than a whole bike box. A more compact carton = lower shipping cost.
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Get a box from a bike shop- one near me gives em out for free with all the packaging in the box. You can then reuse the cardboard and dropout spacers that came with the prior bike.
Get a few pool noodles or some foam pipe insulation. Zip tie and packing tape everything in place.

Cut the box to fit. It takes an extra 10min to cut off any excess length, but it reduces the chance of frame movement and also reduces the shipping cost.
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This is how I shipped an entire 25"-frame touring bike clear across the country. Pool noodles and zip ties. I used PVC pipe and the wheel skewers in the dropouts.

I didn't have the proper tool to remove the headset bearing retainer, so it got shipped with the fork still installed.

I shipped it in a double-wall box that my coworker's e-bike came in. Very sturdy box!

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