Nothing Left Unpacked: How To Properly Prepare Your Bike For Moving Day
Estimates suggest that there are over one billion bicycles in the world at the moment. Chances are, you have at least one of them in your house. When it comes to moving, it’s tempting to think you can just roll them into the back of the removal truck without packing them, but if you want to keep your bikes in good condition, it’s important to pack them properly — particularly if you’re planning a long-haul move. If you have a bike or two to get ready for your move, here’s what you need to do to make sure they’re safe.
Prepare For Disassembly
Bikes will be most protected if you disassemble them, and doing this will also make the best use of space inside the removal van. Make sure you know what every part you remove is for and where it goes. It may help to make a list as you go along to make the reassembly process easier on the other side. Spinal injuries are associated with poor cycling posture, so it may also be helpful to measure the saddle height: you should have it positioned at the correct height for your body to protect your back and knees. Noting what this position is should take some of the headache out of putting the bike back together again. You’ll also need to prepare your workspace — be sure to cover the floor before you start disassembling your bike to protect it from grease and scratches. A neoprene floor mat would be ideal for this.
Take Your Bike Apart
Using a wrench, remove the front and rear racks, water bottle holders, fenders, pedals, and panniers. Wrap them individually in bubble wrap before packing them in a small box. Remember to pack all the nuts, bolts, and screws in a plastic bag too. Then deflate both tires and remove the front wheel. If you have difficulty doing this, check that the brakes are completely released. The back wheel can also be removed, but this will require removing the chain, cogs and derailleur too, so leave the back wheel in place if you’re not confident about this. Wrap everything that’s connected to the chain in bubble wrap and secure the chain to the bike frame with zip ties. Finally, remove the seat, wrapping it carefully to avoid damage.
Pack Your Bike
You’ll need a cardboard bike box for this: make sure it has been reinforced and is strong enough to take your bike. Turn the handlebars sideways; then slide your bike into the box, using extra cardboard to reinforce areas where there might be friction during transit. Attach the tires, seat, fenders, and racks to the bike with zip ties to reduce movement, and then pack empty space with bubble wrap. Make sure the separate pieces aren’t touching each other.
Once everything is safely inside the box, tape it shut with strong packing tape, leaving the handle holes open. Write your contact details, including the address of your new home, on the box for added security. Do this with the box of small parts too. It’s unlikely to become separated from the rest of your removal boxes, but making sure everything is properly labeled will ensure that everything arrives safely, no matter what.
Taking the time to pack your bike properly may seem like a nuisance, but it’s well worth the effort if you want to keep it in peak condition. Ensuring that it’s safely boxed will also maximize the space in the removal truck, making it easier to stack boxes securely. Once you get to the other side, you’ll be glad you made the effort.
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