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Packing a bike for shipping.

Old 08-06-06, 02:18 AM
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Packing a bike for shipping.

Hello,

I'm in the process of deciding how to get my bike from San Diego to DC. Originally I planned on having my LBS pack it up, ship it UPS, and then having my new LBS reassemble the bike. However, when all is said and done I would be ~$140 in the hole with no new toys to show for it.

Now I'm considering doing it myself. My plan is to get a box from my LBS, and do all the "wrenching" on my own.

Questions:
-I have a 56 cm Trek 1000. If I get a box for a 56 cm or slightly larger road bike, how much disassembly should I expect to fit it in the box. From what I've read thus far, it sounds like I should be able to remove the seat/post, remove the handlebar/stem (taping it to the top tube), remove the pedals, remove the wheels, and carefully fit it all into a box. Does this sound correct, or would more disassemble be required to fit a bike into a box a bike normally comes in new?
-If I'm packing it myself, how much care/effort should I put into protecting the bike in the box. I understand that I need to do something to support the fork and rear axle area (with a block of wood, for example). How much bubblewrapping or something similar should I do to the rest of the bike?
-Any other helpful advice?

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Old 08-06-06, 03:11 AM
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How are you getting from San Diego to DC?
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Old 08-06-06, 05:16 AM
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Check out this article: http://www.adventurecycling.org/features/boxingbike.cfm
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It cost me around $85 to send a bike I sold to Missouri. Alot depends on weight as well and size of the box. My LBS packed it and shipped for me and took the load off me of trying to find a box to pack it. Which of course they disassembled it too. Can't beat that in my book.
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There is a PDF written instructions on packing a bike on my website here.
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FedEx, FedEx Home Delivery......... UPS is a total ripoff. Should be less than $50. I have done it for $39 PA to AZ complete bike in standard box. Also if you do the packing yourself I saw a pretty good idea on frame protection: get some of the grey water pipe insulation they sell at home centers. It is already split and you can slip it over the frame parts and secure with tape. Most LBS are glad to get rid of the bike boxes. Good luck.
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