Tips for Packing Your Bike for Travel
bike travel tips
Packing Your Bike Tara Norton teaches you how to pack your bike box in 10 helpful steps
1.Type of case: Choose either a hard or a soft case ( both work). Some people feel more comfortable with the “bulletproof” protection of the hard cases while others prefer to use a soft case because they believe they are handled with more care by baggage handlers. Regardless, you’ve spent a lot of money on your bike, so protect your investment. Don’t simply purchase a big bag or use a large cardboard box to save money, buy or rent a good one. Consider one with four wheels instead of two for easy airport handling. Don’t start dismantling your bike last minute – it always takes a little bit longer than you think. Wear latex or rubber gloves when dismantling your bike to keep your hands clean. Put a couple pairs of extra gloves in your bike bag for assembly once at your destination and for dismantling your bike again to come home.
4.Pedals: Remove pedals before taking the wheels off the bike. Remember to “back off.” Both pedals are removed by turning the pedals backwards (the standard rule of “righty tighty” and “lefty loosey” does not apply to pedals. Invest in a pedal wrench or pedal Allen key that has a long lever – this makes it much easier to remove the pedals. Apply a small amount of lube to your pedal threads when re-installing your pedals to ensure they are easy to remove again the next time around.
and wrap it in a Place a towel or soft clothing between the frame and rotated handlebars (make sure there are no hard surfaces touching each other) to prevent your frame from getting scratched or damaged.
Don’t forget to put travel skewers in the front and rear drop outs to protect the fork and rear seatstays and chainstays.
7. 8. 9.Don’t travel with CO2 cartridges. Do your best to prevent customs officials from opening your bike bag and messing with your perfect packing job. Wheels: Remove some air from your tires. If you have deep dish wheels, pack a long pin (or whatever you use to remove air) for when you have to pack your bike up for the return trip. If you have a disc wheel, don’t forget your adapter to inf late the tire.
10.Take advantage of some extra space in your bike bag and pack items that won’t damage your bike like your helmet, race running shoes, clothing, and race day nutrition.