How to box a bicycle
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Hard Case Instruction Sheet.
Large adjustable wrench or
15mm pedal wrench or 15mm combinaton wrench
3, 4, 5 & 6 mm allen wrenches
Extra zip ties or old road inner tubes to rebox for return trip
Tape to reseal box
1. Pick a correct sized box for the bicycle - a little too big is better than too small. Avoid boxes that are torn, creased or just worn out.
2. Tape up the bottom!! It's often overlooked, but by the time bike boxes get to us, most are barely holding together down below.
3. Pad the tubes! Wrap the frame tubes in bubble wrap, foam or cardboard. Wrap top, down and seat tubes, and all four stays. Tape or zip tie padding securely (twice should do).
4. Protect sharp edges to keep them from piercing through the bicycle box. Each service department should have a collection of plastic plugs, braces and widgets collected from incoming stock bikes. The plastic brace for the front fork is probably the most important precaution taken to keep the front dropouts from piercing the box and dragging across every loading dock and truck bed they encounter. Also inportant are: Plug for seat tube, for front wheel axle and covers for the stem quil/wedge.