Home Set as Homepage Add to Favorite Contact Submit  
             24 November, 2014
 
search for
 
 
 

Categories
Arts & Culture »
Automotive »
Business »
Career »
Communications »
Computers »
Entertainment »
Family Concerns »
Fashion »
Finances »
Food & Drinks »
Health & Fitness »
Hobbies & Crafts »
Home & Garden »
Home Based Business »
Home Management »
Internet »
Kids & Teens »
Legal »
Marketing »
Marriage & Wedding »
Parenting »
Politics & Government »
Real Estate »
Recreation & Sports »
Reference & Education »
Relationships »
Religion & Faith »
Science »
Self Improvement »
Shopping »
Society »
Travel & Leisure »
Womens Interest »
Writing & Speaking »
    
Category:  Articles » Recreation & Sports » Cycling

 

How to Pack a Downhill Bike For Shipping

Popularity:
         Views: 1651
2008-07-20 06:34:31     
Article by Jeff Hendrix

If you are considering buying or selling your bike, you will know that you have to prepare your bike for transport. You cannot safely mail your bike in one piece. So how does one prepare to ship a bike? The easiest way to is to take it to your local bike shop and have them pack it up. They can do it for somewhere between $20 and $50 depending on the shop. It will be professionally done and you can feel safe in knowing nothing will harm the bike in transit. If you want to pack the bike up yourself and save some money, then you will need to run to the bike shop anyway. Ask them nicely if you can get a bike box and a fork block. These two things come with every bike they build and get thrown away afterward. Since the bike shops have to pay to dispose of the boxes, they should be happy to give you both. Make sure the bike box is the right size. You will probably need to find one from another free ride or downhill bike because you will need a big box.

The first step to take in the packing process is to remove the seat post and seat. Keep them together as one unit. Get a bag and place the seat and seat post in the bag. Remove the pedals from both sides of the bike now and place them in the bag as well.

Now you should have done the basics and be getting the major frame components ready to ship. I recommend to protect the paint that you wrap the top and down tube in newspaper. It takes time to do this but it is well worth. Since shipping can be rough, the last thing you want is the bike to show up all scratched up and have the buyer complain you lied about the condition of the bike.

Once the bike is wrapped up nicely in newspaper, loosen the stem and take the handlebars and stem off. Do not do anything to the brake or shifting wires, just remove the stem and handlebars. Tape the handlebars to the top tube.

Take off both wheels now. On the front put the fork block. This helpful little device prevents the fork from both being crushed in transit and the fork from bursting through the box with its pointy ends. If you can, you should cut a block of wood to stick between where the hub is normally on the rear wheel. This will prevent the frame from receiving any damage while shipping. On a downhill bike this should not be nearly as much of a problem though, and you will probably be fine without doing it.

It is time to place the bike into the box now. Put in the frame first. Once you have that fit in, figure out how you will put the wheels in. Once you have those in, you should stuff the rest of the box with crumpled up newspaper or packing peanuts. Whatever you do in this step, do not force it. You do not want any point parts sticking out of the box. Everything should fit comfortably in. Anything that you forced in will probably rip open the box which will be trouble.

If you got everything in there snuggly and safely, give yourself a pat on the back because your almost done! Just seal it up with a lot of tape and take it down the post office. You are ready to ship it. Congratulations!

If you are looking for a new or used downhill bike, look no further than http://www.downhillforcheap.com
We compile all current auctions on downhill bikes so you don't have to spend hours searching around on the internet for them. Check it out!

Specialized in: Used Downhill Bikes - Downhill Bikes For Sale - Downhill Biking
URL: http://www.downhillforcheap.com
Print article      Bookmark this page
Related Articles 
Cycling in Traffic the Right Way (Popularity: ): While you might have the benefit of a fully blocked off roadway during certain cycling events such as triathlons and races, most of the time you will be privy to such incredible riding conditions. Most times, you will be faced with the dangerous, often times frustrating problem of traffic and the risk of being hit by a car or truck. Follow these tips carefully to keep safe while riding on ...
Cycling Shoes (Popularity: ): One of the nicest things about cycling is that it's generally possible to do it in your normal clothes without spending ages getting changed, or messing around with gadgets and pieces of kit. There is however one exception - regular cycling wears out your shoes very quickly, and for this reason it's best to wear specialist cycling shoes whenever possible.The reason why cycling is hard on shoes, is that your ...
Bikakure - The Book of the Commuter (Popularity: ): Although it stands to reason that a commuter should be mindful of the Way of the Commuter, it would seem that we are all negligent. Consequently, if someone were to ask, "What is the true meaning of the Way of the Commuter?" the person who would be able to answer promptly is rare. This is because it has not been established in one's mind beforehand. From this, one's unmindfulness of ...
Information on Bicycle Saddles (Popularity: ): A saddle is different from a traditional bicycle seat. A seat is designed to carry complete weight of the rider. while a saddle is built to carry some and not all of the cyclist's weight. A comfortable saddle is a necessity of every biker. Usually the cycle shops are full of bikers who want to replace their old saddles as they are not much satisfied with it.Choosing a right saddleBuy ...
How to Find Your Bicycle Saddle (Popularity: ): While riding a bicycle, the rider must enjoy the ride to the fullest. This is possible only when he has a good bicycle with an extremely comfortable seat. With an uncomfortable seat, riding the bicycle can cause a nerve breaking experience. This is how, bicycle saddles are so important.Saddle SpecificationsSaddle is defined as the seat for the bicycle rider. Thus, it obvious becomes an extremely crucial part of the bicycle. ...


Related Business 
Art Shipping (Popularity: ): Navis Pack & Ship specializes in packing, crating, and shipping art. Our custom pack and shipping services will ensure that your fine art collection, antiques, and other art shipping will be packed, crated, and transported safely to any location in the US, Canada, or around the world.
Bikes and Trails of Colorado, Inc. (Popularity: ): Offers bike tours and adventures throughout Denver and its countryside as well as downhill bike rides. Details on the various tours, pricing, registration and locations featured.
Wild Rockies (Popularity: ): Cross Country and Downhill Mountain Bike Race Series.
Cactus Bike (Popularity: ): Phoenix, Arizona shop specializing in mountian, downhill freeried and single speed.
Down Cycles (Popularity: ): Bike shop owned and run by people who ride. We stock many varieties of bikes and accessories, not just downhill.
Pitsterpro - Quality Pit Bikes, Mini Bikes, Pit Bike Parts & Accessories (Popularity: ): Pitsterpro Leads the pack in pit bike innovation, taking the pit bike industry to new heights. If you are looking for complete pit bikes or just parts and accessories Pitsterpro is the place to be. With our professional line of Pit Bikes ranging from 90cc to 160cc you can always find a bike that's right for you and fits you height and age or just you riding level.
Mountain Bike Ireland (Popularity: ): Information, pictures and results from the three major offroad disciplines, cross country, downhill and cyclocross.
Mountain Bike Ireland (Popularity: ): Information, pictures and results from the three major offroad disciplines: cross country, downhill and cyclocross.
CK Bikes (Popularity: ): Full service bike shop, new and used bikes for sale. Bike tune ups and repairs. Assembly shipping and custom overhauls.
iXS Downhill Cup (Popularity: ): Official site of the iXS downhill cup, a Swiss downhill competition. Includes racing calendar and entry lists, as well as official rules, results and photos.


 
 
Home | Top | Set as Homepage | Bookmark this Page | Privacy | Banners | Contact | Submit Article
© 2003-2010 ABC Directory. All Rights Reserved