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How do I pack my road bike?

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As soon as a buyer has been found for your road or gravel bike and has chosen the shipping option, we will send you packing material. We ask you to pack your bike according to our guidelines so that the bike can be collected from your home by our shipping company. If you have sold a mountain bike, please see the following article: How do I pack my mountain bike?

Simply follow the steps below. If you have any questions, please contact us at any time.

Step 1: The packaging material

In order to pack a road bike properly, you need the following utensils, which we at buycycle provide for you:

  • Folding carton 1600 x 200 x 800mm
  • 2 protective cardboards round VE
  • 3 folding boxes 250 x 180 x 125mm

The boxes are still folded to make transport easier.

Step 2: Cardboard folding

As a first step, set up the large folding box and bend the lower end so that the bottom closes. Make sure that it is aligned correctly (see arrows), as the box will be transported accordingly at the end. In addition, fold the three small folding boxes that serve as supports inside the box.

Step 3: One last check

Now turn your attention to your bike. Do a final check and make sure that the condition of the bike matches the description in your ad. This will help you avoid complaints and possible returns. Make sure that all components listed in the ad are included in the shipment (e.g. pedals, bottle cage, on-board computer, etc.).

As a tip, we also recommend shifting to the small chainring at the front and the largest sprocket at the rear. This way the rear derailleur is as close to the frame as possible.

Step 4: Down with the components

Now it's down to the nitty-gritty. In order for the bike to fit into the folding box, you have to dismantle or at least change some components depending on the type and size of the road bike. It is best to start with those components that do not affect the stability of your road bike:

Seatpost

Remove the seat post together with the saddle and stow it in one of the 3 folding boxes. Then put it aside for the time being.

Pedals

If you have decided to sell your road bike with pedals, unscrew them now. The pedals on the right in the direction of travel open counter-clockwise. The left pedals open clockwise. In both cases you have to turn in the direction of the rear wheel. Put the pedals in a small folding box 

Handlebar

Now open the stem cap screws to remove or turn the handlebars. Depending on the type and length of the stem, it may be sufficient to turn the handlebars to the side without removing them completely. Then screw the stem cap back on so that no parts are lost. During these steps, pay attention to the brake lines if they are attached externally.

If you have to remove the handlebars, secure them to the frame so that they do not move during transport. To further protect the handlebars, wrap them in newspaper or the bubble wrap provided.

Front wheel

Completely unscrew the front quick release or thru axle and remove the front wheel from the fork. In the case of disc brakes, you should clamp a piece of cardboard between the brake shoes so that they are protected. If available, put plastic protective caps on the right and left side of the axle. The dismounted wheel can be clamped between the two round protective caps so that it is protected. Put the wheel aside for the time being.

Step5: Final preparation

Now place one of the two small boxes in the front end of the large folding box. This serves as a support or protection for the fork.

Step 6: Off into the box

Now put your road bike into the box and make sure that the fork is well supported on the small box. For road bikes with disc brakes, you may have to remove the quick release or the thru axle from the rear wheel so that the bike fits well in the box.

 Now place the front wheel, which is clamped in the two round protective cardboards, to the left of the frame in the box. Then put the other small boxes with accessories and/or pedals into the box. These serve to provide additional stability to the box. To protect the frame as best as possible, use the bubble wrap provided. Then place the bubble-wrapped saddle and seat post next to the bike.

Please note that we have omitted the bubble wrap in the pictures for a better overview.

Step 7: Closure and departure

As soon as you have the feeling that your road bike is best protected in the box, close the box and use the self-adhesive inner surfaces. You can also seal it with adhesive tape. 

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