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Old 03-26-14, 05:08 PM
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Packing your bike--remove derailleur or hanger?

When packing a bike with a replaceable derailleur hanger, do you typically remove the derailleur and the hanger, or just the derailleur? I've always removed the derailleur in the past, but it strikes me that removing both might be the wiser thing to do if you have the removable variety. Thanks.
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If you remove the derailleur hanger, make sure you have some Loctite to apply when you reinstall it. If you don't, the screws will come loose in short order (in my experience). I generally leave both the RD and the hanger in place, though I do pack a spare hanger.
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I have never removed my RD or FD when packing. Shift to the lowest gear on both an you will be fine. That is assuming you are leaving the rear wheel on when packing.
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Pick up a rear derailleur "protector" from your LBS. The bike manufacturers use them for shipping their bikes. Our LBS has a box full of them. It is a black mushroom shaped plastic disc that slips onto your skewer nut, and protrudes out past the derailleur. We have shipped our bikes several times using them, leaving the derailleurs on the bikes, with no issues.


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I leave both on if using a box. I use a plastic protector and shift to inner ring and cog. I did take the RD off when I used a soft case.
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Perhaps I should have asked, "For those who remove the derailleur, do you also remove the hanger?" I'm certainly removing at least the derailleur, the only question is whether I'm also removing the hanger.

Sstorkel--thanks for the helpful note re: loctite. I always have a tube for disc rotor re-installation, but will be sure to use it on the hanger, too.
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Also, I remove the rear wheel when packing, so the plastic protector won't work for me. Helpful to see, though, as I've never seen one before. Thanks all.
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End of the tour removing the RD from the frame saves bending the hanger ..
Bubble wrap it and zip-tie it to the bike .

leave the hanger on and it will remain aligned well enough..

I'm at the end of a transcontinental ACA tour route and there are many bikes shipped east from here.

taking the rear wheel off too, you need a second dropout spreader
to keep it from getting crushed in the shipping .
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Originally Posted by skagitteam
Also, I remove the rear wheel when packing, so the plastic protector won't work for me. Helpful to see, though, as I've never seen one before. Thanks all.
That is the difference between when I use a box and when I use a soft case. The wheel comes off with the soft case and so does the derailleur. I have never removed the hanger. I do not consider them particularly vulnerable once the derailleur is off.
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