Even if you haven’t invested a huge amount of money on your bicycle, you still want it to arrive at your new destination safe and sound. This is especially true if you are planning on a long-distance move. However, even if you are moving across town, it is not a good idea to just throw your bicycle into a moving van. Besides the fact that by doing so, you endanger your bike of being scratched, dented or mangled, by placing your unpacked bicycle in a moving vehicle it will take up much needed and unnecessary space. The following information is also good, if you plan on storing your bicycle for any length of time.
Tools For Disassembling Your Bicycle
Bicycle tools can be purchased as a set or else you can piece them together one at the time. You may have many of the tools in your current toolbox. The type of tools you will need to disassemble a bicycle are basically the same tools you use for maintenance for your bike and would include:
Screwdrivers that are both flathead and Phillip’s head (various sizes)
Set of Allen wrenches (2-12 mm)
An adjustable wrench
Supplies Needed to Pack Your Bicycle
Bike box (these are easily located and can be purchased at Home Depot, Lowe’s, U-Haul and even through Amazon).
Masking or packing tape
Disassembling Your Bicycle
The first thing you should know is which parts of a bicycle you should remove.
Parts of a Bicycle to be Removed Prior to Packing
Hint: after removing the parts of the bike, it is a good idea to replace the hardware (screws, nuts, etc.), back in place on the bike itself so they don’t get separated and/or lost in the process.
Seat post and seat (tip: prior to removing the seat, mark the position of the seat post).
Wheels (place the cap on the axel end after removal. This will prevent the axel from tearing into your packing material). Wrap the wheels or else purchase padded wheel bags at a bike shop.
Deraileur -the bicycle mechanism that moves the chain out and up, allowing it to shift to different cogs. (Tip: use a 5mm Allen wrench)
Brake hardware (careful here. Put these parts in a separate bag so they don’t get lost).
To begin, remove the pedals and wheels from the frame.
Next adjust the chain so it is on the outer chain ring. This helps to prevent it from being bent out of shape.
It is a good idea to invest in a fork spacer if you don’t already own one. One which is good is the Bopworx Detachable ForkGuards and is used to protect your fork during packing and moving. You can purchase one through any bike store or else Amazon.
Packing Your Bicycle
Once you have successfully removed all the necessary parts, you will need to wrap them in bubble wrap or some type of padding prior to placing them in the bike box. This would include you pedals, handlebars and seat.
A byline here is to remember to check that there are no loose or moving parts on the bike before putting your bike in the moving box. This means that if you hear anything rattling about in the box, you have not packed and secured your bicycle properly.
The following Youtube video is helpful to view in order to make sense of most of this, especially if you have never done this before. How to Pack a Bicycle and Box It for Travel and Transport [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1v5V6iIUtY]. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
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