HOW-TO: Box your Bicycle for transport

How many times have we done this before? A picture is worth a 1000 words.

Classic Daniel Lloyd!

Daniel Lloyd is an English professional road racing cyclist and famous GCN presenter. Find him on Wikipedia, follow him on twitter, check out his Instagram, view his pro cycling stats, catch him on GCN, be serious on Linkedin and social on his Facebook page. Don’t miss the interview Dan Lloyd – “I loved riding the cobbled Classics”. Did he mention he raced for the Cervelo Test Team? 🙂

Thanks for showing us (again) Dan!

Now it is your turn.

Boxing your bicycle for transport requires a bit of time and effort, but with the right materials and some careful packing, you can ensure that your bike arrives safely at its destination. Here are the general steps to box your bicycle for transport:

Part 1

  1. Gather your materials: You will need a bicycle box (you can purchase one from a bike shop or online), packing materials (such as bubble wrap, foam padding, or packing paper), zip ties or tape, and a box cutter or scissors. The more the merrier. But the whole job will probably take you around 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Remove any accessories: Take off any accessories that can be easily removed, such as pedals, water bottle cages, and seat posts. Place them in a plastic bag and tape it to the frame. Note: I only lower the seat, turn the handlebar, remove the pedals and leave all the rest on. Because it makes the assembly so much quicker again.
  3. Lower your seat: Lower your seat to minimize the overall height of the bike. Or remove it completely and put in one of the vacant spaces elsewhere in the box. Just ensure that it isn’t loose or going to jiggle while in transport.
  4. Remove the front wheel: Remove the front wheel and place it in a plastic bag. Tape the bag to the frame. *I don;t have a seperate plastic bag for wheel and prefer to use bubble wrap to protect it. Make sure the surface cannot scratch against something else.
  5. Loosen the handlebars: Loosen the handlebars and turn them parallel to the frame. Secure them with zip ties or tape. Like a boss. now you are ready for part 2 of how to box your bicycle for transport.

Part 2

  1. Protect the frame and components: Wrap the frame and components with bubble wrap or foam padding. Be sure to protect the delicate parts of the bike, such as the derailleur, with extra padding. I prefer bubble wrap and always keep a huge roll in the garage.
  2. Place the bike in the box: Carefully place the bike in the box, with the frame facing down. Make sure that the wheels are aligned with the cutouts in the box. Remove and or replace the skewers where necessary. And consider sliding additional pieces of cardboard in-between the frame and the wheels if you are using a cardboard box.
  3. Secure the bike: Use zip ties or tape to secure the frame and components in place. Add extra padding to any areas that may be prone to damage during transport. Because you can fix anything with a cable tie, Chuck Norris.
  4. Seal the box: Close the box and seal it with tape. Duct tape works best, but the wide transparent Sellotape does the job just as well. Just don’t underestimate how much of this you might need… Oh and masking tape is no good as it peels off way to easily.
  5. Label the box: Label the box with your name, address, and the destination address. While you are at it, why not stick the waybill on it? Yes, when you book your bicycle transport with us, we will email you a PDF waybill to print and stick on the box, ready for collection.

Keep in mind that the specific steps for boxing your bike may vary depending on the type of bike and the size of the box. It’s always a good idea to consult with a professional at a bike shop if you have any questions or concerns.


All done. Now we collect and send it from A to B. If you haven’t booked yet, do so here:

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