How To Pack A Bike

Check out the six simple steps below:

Bike step 1

Remove the rear derailleur

Sitting proud of the frame, the rear derailleur is particularly susceptible to damage. Leaving the cable connected, remove it from the hanger and wrap it in bubble wrap. If this sounds too difficult, just shift it into the largest sprocket, as this will keep it tucked as close in to the frame as possible. Now is also a good time to detach the pedals.

Bike step 2

Protect the frame

Pipe lagging, which you can get cheaply from most DIY shops, is ideal for protecting your frame from accidental knocks. Cut it into lengths to match all the frame’s main tubes and attach it with tape.

Bike step 3

Remove the front wheel

Take out the front wheel and remove the skewer. If you’ve managed to get some plugs from the bike shop, pop them into the holes either side of the axle. If you’ve haven’t got any, tape squares of card over the ends to prevent them ripping the side of the box or accidentally damaging its contents.

Bike step 4

Remove the handlebars

Now you want to get the bars flush with the frame. If your bike is small, you may be able to just rotate the stem 90 degrees and turn the bars up and under the top tube. Otherwise, you’ll need to remove the stem. Take the handlebars and strap them to the top tube. Adjustable toe straps are perfect for securing the bars, otherwise tape or zip ties will do.

Bike step 5

Pack the accessories

Don’t forget any of the small parts you’ve removed! These can go in a separate box or otherwise, strap them to the frame.

Bike step 6

Fit in the box

Lower the bike into the box. You want to pack the front wheel alongside the front of the frame. Find a piece of cardboard to put between it and the rest of the bike. Lastly, remove the seatpost and pop it in the box. The maximum box size for shipping a bicycle is (L) 145cm x (H) 76cm x (W) 22cm.