Pack and protect your bike for a long distance move
How To Move A Bicycle
Do you remember the first time you rode on two wheels, how exhilarating it felt? The freedom! In addition to the many reasons and advantages of riding a bike, they will always provide independence and a sense of freedom. So, you’ll want to keep your two wheeled vehicle protected while making any big move.
For a local move, it can be as simple as securing the bike onto a rack that is connected to your car. However, for a long distance move, a lot more care and preparation is needed to make sure that your bike doesn’t get damaged while in transit.
There are different ways that a bike can be moved. The most secure is to have it packed in a bike box.
Boxing It Yourself
There are three sizes of boxes that can be used to pack a bicycle, 45 inches, 55 inches and 70 inches. Each box size can accommodate the bike in different configurations.
70 inches – Using the largest size box will allow you to easily place the bicycle in the box as it, with both wheels attached. If you’re renting a moving truck and transporting your own belongings, or hiring a professional moving company, using this size box will work. This size box is too big however if you will be shipping via UPS, Fed-Ex, or USPS.
55 inches – With the medium sized box, you can keep the rear wheel attached to the bike, but will need to detach the front wheel. It is possible to fit the 2nd wheel in the same box, however, you will need to make sure that the box is properly padded and that no damage will occur to either parts of the bike, due to a tight fit. If needed, the 2nd wheel can be placed in a separate box. A box of this size can be shipped via UPS, Feb-Ex, or USPS in addition to a professional moving company.
45 inches – This is the smallest of the three boxes and can fit the frame with both of the wheels removed. The wheels can be wrapped together and will also fit inside the box. In addition to being able to ship with a professional moving company, UPS, Fed-Ex, and USPS, this size box can also be shipped via airline.
If you will be using one of the two smaller boxes and taking the bike apart, make sure you understand how to connect it back together once its ready to be unpacked. Take pictures and notes, and consider a labeling system so that you know where each piece goes. Any hardware that is removed from the bicycle should be kept in a sealed bag, clearly labeled and should remain in the box with the bike.
Have A Bike Shop Box It
Taking your bike apart and then putting it back together might seem a little daunting, and you’d prefer that someone else do it. This is an option, and can be done by professionals at a bike shop. Take it to be disassembled at your pick up location, and once you arrive at your new destination, have a bike shop put it back together. Even if you prefer to keep the bike in one piece, many bike shops will assist with packing and boxing your bicycle.
Once your bike is protected and securely packed, its ready to make its long distance journey to your new destination. Where once again the two of you will explore, through the freedom that comes from riding a bicycle.