Nowadays, a bike is not only transportation but also a way to express the personality and passion of a person. It is one of the lightest among all vehicles, and you can move from one place to another quickly.
However, when you are moving your place, you should not just throw your bike at your truck’s back. It can ruin your bike for sure. So, what you have to do is packing your bike first.
In this article, we are about to discuss how to pack a bike for moving. I hope the following steps will be helpful.
How to Pack A Bike for Moving Anywhere
If you plan to move from one place to another, make sure you gather the following supplies to pack a bike.
- Bicycle boxes. You will be able to find a box at the nearest bicycle shop. Consider using the original box if you have it.
- Permanent marker
- Zip ties
- Cardboard pieces
- Bubble wrap
- Disassembly tools
- Specific bike tools
- Foam padding
- Tape to seal the box
These are the supplies you will need to pack your bike. Make sure you have all the supplies.
Disassemble your bike
Once you have all the supplies, now you can start disassembling your bike. You need to separate the bike part before packing it. The following bike parts need to disassemble.
- The front wheel of the bike
- The pedals of the bike
- The handlebars of the bike
- The seat post and saddle
- Derailleur and hanger
- Remove all the decorations if there is any.
Pad and cushion the disassembled parts
If you are done with disassembling all the bike parts, make sure you wrap all the bike parts with bubble wrap or padding. If your bike frame has any painted parts, carefully cover those parts with the foam tube padding and use zip ties or tape to secure the padding.
You can use bubble wrap to wrap the other parts of the bike, such as seats, paddles, and handlebars, to avoid damage. Smaller components won’t hurt too quickly if you put them in the right spot, but don’t forget to wrap them with a bubble wrap.
Moreover, the front wheel has to be wrapped properly. Make sure you place the caps at the end of the axle. It would help if you also used a wheel bag specially made for padding the front wheel. You can find it from a bike or a packing company.
You also need to very careful when you do the packing of the disk brakes. To pack the disk brakes, you need to remove all the callipers. After removing all the callipers, you will have cushion all the callipers.
Make sure you collect all the removed brakes; otherwise, there is always a chance to lose them. Once you lose them, it’s hard to find a suitable one for your bike.
Prepare additional bike parts for transit.
Preparing additional bike parts is also one of the most critical steps to pack a bike for moving? Because once you are done with padding and cushion of the disassembled parts, you have to focus on the additional bike parts such as front forks.
If you put the front fork in a moving box, there is a chance that it will pierce throughout it. To prevent this, you have to use a spacer between the fork dropouts. You can also use a PVC pipe as the spacer, but it will be wise to buy the original separator from the bike shop.
Use the zip tie to tie the more significant components of the bike. The bike seat and seat post are also considered as the largest components of the bike. After zipping all the larger parts, you need to put them into a box.
Now, you are ready to place the cushioned bike into the bike box, but make sure you don’t lose any of the bike parts. Seal all the boxes with the tape and use a marker to write down your information on the box’s surface.
Secure and label the box
Securing and labelling the box is very important. Make sure none of the components of the box doesn’t move or shake. If the components inside shakes, you need to secure them correctly.
Once you are done securing and labelling the box, you need to put the boxes properly in the truck. You can also use the fragile word on the top of each box so that the loader and unloader can identify them at a glance.
I am sure that you love your bike, and you don’t want to damage it while moving to another place. That’s why you must take a little time to pack your bike to move. In this article, I have already discussed how to pack a bike for moving.
If you find the above steps complicated, I recommend hiring someone who knows how to pack a bike. But don’t just throw your bike randomly while moving to another place.