Okay, so shipping a bike may not be something that we all will come across in our lives; however that said you may find there comes a time when you need to transfer pedal power elsewhere in the UK or abroad.
Perhaps you are relocating or maybe it’s time to sell on your wheels to someone else? Whatever the reason you may find that you ask yourself exactly how you can go about shipping a bicycle, so here are some of the best tips when it comes to getting someone else on your bike!
Taking it apart
Of course, the first thing that you should keep in mind is how much you can deconstruct the bike prior to transportation. Unfortunately it might be that you are no expert in taking a bike apart and equally it may be the case that the person who receives it won’t know how to put it back together once received either. That said there are some bits of the bike that you can move, remove or reposition with ease.
Handlebars can be removed as can front wheels, pedals and seat posts however if this is not possible then handlebars equally can be turned to 90 degrees before shipping.
Removing mud guards, racks and bottle holders is also a top tip as these should be easy to not only remove but also reattach.
Wrapping it up
Once you have removed (or moved) all the pieces of the bike that you can it is then time to wrap it up ready to go. It is important to also secure all of the loose parts of the frame, especially the handlebars in order to minimize movement and possible damage during transit. Foam tubing is the best method of protecting your frame during the shipping process.
As much as you can you should wrap items separately in order to protect them as best you can and any nuts, bolts and screws are best placed in a separate jiffy bag or box so that they do not go missing.
Packaging it perfect
Ultimately the best way to package your box is in a large, rigid box with flaps. The stronger the box the better is the best motto to take. Ideally you would be able to ship the bike in its original packaging but of course this is not always the case. You should always use the maximum packaging protection possible such as bubble wrap and packaging chips this is especially true if your bike is expensive then you will want to have the maximum protection possible.
We also suggest that you have as little of the bike as possible touching the sides of the box during transit.
Ready to go
Once packed up it is a great idea to seal your box with as strong a tape as you can, especially if you are shipping abroad and have multiple stopping points. Run the tape in both directions and across all the edges and joins of the box too.
Always label your package correctly and ensure that you have decaled fully the contents too. Remove all the existing labels and cover over any old barcodes or addresses and always attach any documentation that is required and before long your bike will have reached its new home.