How to Properly Pack Bicycles for Moves

Bicycles are a great thing to have. They promote exercise, give you fresh air while riding, and can be a good way to spend time with family and friends. When a moving customer has one of more bicycles to move, however, you’ll need to know how to move them properly. Bicycles are oddly shaped, and it can be difficult to determine how to pack them, so they do not get damaged or damage anything other items in the moving truck. Replacing bicycles and bicycle parts can be expensive, so it’s important to be safe instead of sorry. Ensuring a bicycle’s safe transport will leave you with a happy customer and a stress-free move for you.

Did you know?

  • Repair firms will not repair damage to a carbon fiber frame because many believe that the bicycle will still be unsafe to ride. Even when the damages to the frame seem minor, the bicycle will have to be replaced.
    • The standard price for a carbon fiber bicycle ranges between $2,000 and $10,000.
  • Most claims on bicycles are made for:
    • Scratched and dented frames
    • Bent derailleur (this is the gadget near the rear that moves the chain onto different gears).
    • Bent brakes
    • Bent rims
    • Missing parts

Bicycle Packing Tips

girl moving a  bikeHere are some tips to help you to reduce your liability for bicycle claims:

  • Use foam pipe insulation to protect the frame of the bicycle. It is cheap, can be cut to size, and best of all… it is reusable! Carefully secure the foam to the frame to prevent scratches and dents
  • Do not disassemble the bicycle. Once the wheels are removed, the bicycle becomes more vulnerable to damage
  • Use bubble wrap to protect delicate parts that have not been protected with the foam insulator, like brakes, wheels, and the derailleur
  • Construct a box for shipping the bicycle. In addition to any wrapping and padding, the box can provide additional protection from bending of the rims, spokes and frame. If any parts require adjustment to safely place the bicycle into the box, be sure to readjust those parts at delivery
  • Make a note on the inventory of where you are placing any parts that you have may have removed, such as a water bottle or a mirror. Put these parts back into place when delivery is made
  • Most importantly, to protect yourself from avoidable claims, do not transport a bicycle unprotected.

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