How to Package a Road Bicycle for Shipping

How to Package a Road Bicycle for Shipping
Each day hundreds of bicycles are sold on sites like Most bike shops will offer to package a road bicycle for a fee, but this may not always be a convenient option, as shops are sometimes busy and not always accommodating. Packaging the road bicycle yourself will save time and money. Doing so properly will help to ensure that the bike arrives at its destination in fine condition.


Difficulty: Moderate


Things You’ll Need:
  • 54" x 28" x 8" cardboard shipping box
  • Set of hex wrenches
  • Foam wrap
  • Masking tape
Step 1
Purchase a bicycle box. The usual dimensions for this box are 54" x 28" x 8". Most likely the box will need to be purchased from a bike shop.
Step 2
If you have one, place the bike in a bike or work stand. Otherwise, have some one hold the bicycle while you disassemble it.
Step 3
Remove the front wheel. If the bicycle is going by air, lower the pressure in both tires to reduce any possibility of bursting due to low cabin pressure.
Step 4
Loosen the hex head bolt (or quick release lever) at the base of the seatpost. Remove the seatpost from the frame and wrap it in foam.
Step 5
Remove the handlebars from the stem. There will be between two and four hex head bolts securing the bar at its middle. Once your remove the handlebar, screw the bolts back into the stem so they won't be lost.
Step 6
Unscrew both pedals from the crank arms. Wrap foam around the crank arms and the pedals. Tape securely.
Step 7
To avoid scratches, wrap the bike's tubes, fork, seat stays and chain stays with foam wrap. Secure the wrap with tape.
Step 8
Before placing all the items in the box, lay the front wheel against the left side of the bicycle frame and place the handlebars over the wheel. Include the seat post and bicycle pedals last.

Tips & Warnings

You can't be too cautious here. Stuff the box with extra newspaper if you're concerned about the bicycle receiving a bumpy ride when in transit.


Article Written By Matthew Ferguson

Matthew Ferguson is a writer living in Savannah, Ga. He has been writing for over 10 years and his work has appeared on various online publications. A collection of his short stories was published in spring 2010. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University.

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