Pack A Bike For Shipping: Tips for Your Next Adventure
1. GET A PROPER BIKE TRAVEL CASE
Imagine this: You arrive at your destination after a long day of travel, open up your cardboard bike box and find a bent or broken derailleur hanger or brake rotor. You next spend half a day looking for bike shops to fix the problem. You don’t find a bike store and end up watching the race from the sideline. Don’t be that guy who trusted a cardboard box. Rent from us and put your fears to rest with our top of the line Thule bike bags. Our bike travel cases aren’t made from paper.
2. WIPE DOWN YOUR BIKE BEFORE YOU GO
Fact: Many countries (like New Zealand, for instance) have travel restrictions about items coming into their countries. They do not want foreign dirt coming into the country. Thus, your dirt-caked tires might look sweet, but they could result in your bike being sent back to America. Again don’t be that guy watching the race from the sidelines. Prevent this risk and give your bike a proper cleaning and washing before packing it up for travel. Plus, you may even gain some much needed speed with less dirt stuck to your bike.
3. MARK YOUR BICYCLE
Remember you are going to be breaking your bike down when shipping it and you will have to put it back together. Take a few easy steps now to prevent a ton of work and hassle later. Use electrical tape or a sharpie marker to mark the height of your seat post and stem. Shift the chain into the largest chainring (front), and the smallest cog (rear) as well to prevent wear and tear. Trust us, you will thank us later when you have that perfect seat post up and running.