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How to pack your bike for shipping

By Spencer Powlison

So you sold your bike to The Pro's Closet. Wonderful! Now it is time to get it packed up and shipped off. If you've never boxed up a bike before, don't worry. This video will help you through the basic steps of the process. Also, we've included further tips and suggestions below. 

IMPORTANT: Nothing should be loose in the box. When in doubt, add more padding!

More tips to box up your bike

Remove your accessories 

If you're shipping a bike to The Pro's Closet, remove and keep your pedals, bottle cages, computer mounts, saddlebag, and any other accessory that isn't part of your bike.

Frame and fork

Protect your bike frame from any rubbing or direct contact with the box, front wheel, or handlebars. Chances are, your frame is carbon fiber, and we'd hate to see it damaged in transit. Use foam padding liberally and make sure it's securely attached to your frame.

Drivetrain

Shift into the easiest gear combination front and rear before you begin prepping your bike for shipping. This moves the derailleurs out of harm's way. It's usually best to remove the rear derailleur, pad it thoroughly, and secure it to your frame with plenty of padding separating derailleur from frame. This protects both your derailleur and derailleur hanger from impacts.

Front wheel

You must remove the front wheel to fit your bike in the box. It is crucial to make sure the front wheel is secured to the frame with padding at every contact point to protect the frame. Damage in shipping often occurs when the front wheel's hub contacts the frame. Position your wheel with the hub away from your frame's down tube. Use a plastic end cap on your hub to prevent it from breaking though the side of the box.

Handlebars

As is the case with your front wheel, your handlebars must be secured to the frame with ample padding. Try a few different orientations to keep the shifters and brake levers away from the side of the box. You might need to add padding to protect them.

Seatpost

All seatposts must be removed and secured to the rear wheel for shipping. If you have a cable-actuated dropper seatpost, you may need to remove its lever from your bars to give the cable more slack. If you cannot untether the dropper post cable, you might have to secure the post at the top of your rear wheel.

Keep it tight!

Above all, you don't want any part of your bike to be loose or rattling. This will lead to damage. Use zip ties and padding to secure everything.


2 comments


  • Hi Bill,
    Our packing videos show mountain bikes because they’re generally larger and harder to pack. A road bike won’t be that different. All the principles are the same: remove the front wheel, shift to the easiest gear front and rear, remove the seatpost and attach it to the rear wheel, and use ample padding to keep parts from rubbing. The only real difference is the handlebars. If you need more space to fit them you may need to rotate drop bars up or down, turn them 90 degrees, or remove them from the stem. Make sure the bars aren’t contacting the frame. You can use padding between the bars and frame to protect the frame. No matter the bike, the key is preventing contact and rub, and keeping everything tight and well packed so the bike can’t move in the box. Hope that helps. 

    Bruce Lin on

  • All of your bike packing videos that I can find (2 of them) are for mountain bikes, is there one for road and how you’d like drop bar bikes packed?

    Bill on


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