Moving long-distance is a serious task that can only be achieved successfully through perfect planning and organization. For example, if you want to move a bicycle long-distance, it is important how to pack a bicycle correctly and how to preserve it during the relocation. There are so many different bicycles out there, but if you have decided to relocate yours it means that it is worth the trouble. Bicycles are not only for relaxation in nature, but they are often your means of transportation, and that is why they can be worth a lot of money. We have created this useful guide to help you pack your bicycle safely and decrease the risk of damage.
Get the right packing supplies
When packing your bicycle, the most important thing is to have absolutely everything you need. It is only in this way that you will be able to transport your bicycle without the fear of damaging it. Here is what moving supplies you need to get at the DIY store or the improvement store:
At least two moving blankets, depending on the size of the bicycle. You can also use your old blankets for this purpose and save money along the way.
You will need plenty of bubble wrap in order to pack the bicycle safely, so get the whole roll of it.
Get screwdrivers as you will need to disassemble a few items from the bicycle.
Cardboard bike box
If you have preserved the original box in which you got your bicycle, that is perfect. If, on the other hand, you threw it away a long time ago, ask a local bike shop to give you a bike box, or ask your movers whether they have any.
You will need another, smaller, yet also a sturdy box to pack the rest of the items.
You will need to get high-quality packing tape that will secure the bike parts during the move.
Labeling the boxes is essential, so purchase permanent, water-proof markers.
Disassemble the bike
Once you have gathered all the right packing supplies, it is time to move on to the next step. Disassembling the bike will go a long way in decreasing the risk of damage, so this step should not be skipped. When you disassemble the bike, it will get a better shape for transportation. Here is what you should focus on:
- Water holders
- Bike pedals
- Front fender as well as the rear fender
- Front rack as well as the rear rack
Use the disassembling tools to perform this, and if necessary consult a professional to help you. The help of a friend is always welcome, so if you know someone who is passionate about bicycles, don`t be afraid to give them a call.
Protect the disassembled parts
The next thing you should do is protect and pack the disassembled parts. Use bubble wrap to cover each part of the bike. Place the parts in the smaller cardboard box. If you have empty space left in the box, you can add bubble wrap, or crunched newspaper. Rattle the box to see whether the pieces are moving inside. If you can feel them move, then you need to add extra padding and cover. Once you cannot hear the moving inside the box, it is properly packed.
Deflate the tires
When moving your bicycle long-distance, it is very important to deflate the tires. For example, if you are shipping your bicycle via plane, the tires can explode due to pressure. In this case, you should deflate them completely. In case you are relocating your bicycle in a moving truck, van, or a car, you can deflate your tires by half. It will be enough, and the relocation will become much easier.
Remove the front wheel
Once you have deflated the tires, you need to remove the front wheel. The best-case scenario is to remove the back wheel as well. However, this is optional. If you decide to remove the back wheel, remember that you will need to remove the following parts as well: bike chain, rare cassettes, and derailleur. So, removing just the front wheel is less work, and equally safe to do when packing your bicycle for a long-distance move.
Place the bike inside the bike box
Now, the time has come to box up your bicycle. First, you should cover the bicycle with two moving blankets. This will protect your bicycle from scratches, dentures, and will reduce friction. Once you do this, you should use the duct tape to secure the blankets won`t move during transit. With the help from a friend, carefully place the bicycle into the cardboard bike box. Add bubble wrap to fill out empty space, as well as crunched newspaper, or simply more cardboard.
Tape the box and label it
After all the above steps have been completed it is time to seal the box shut and label it. Use extra duct tape to make sure that the box won`t open during transportation. Label the box as fragile. When packing fragile items, it’s always important to label the box. It is good advice to write your address on the box so that in case the box goes missing, you can still hope for someone to return it to you safely.
Hire professional movers if you do not have time to pack your bicycle for long-distance moving
A professional moving company can help you to pack your bicycle safely, and with a minimum risk of damage. They can safely disassemble, pack, and transport your favorite vehicle to your dream home.
We have seen how you can easily pack your bicycle for a long-distance move. The key factor in successfully doing this is to be organized from start until the end. Focus on the work ahead of you, and don`t let anything distract you. Good luck!