How to Pack a Bike and Ship it Anywhere in Europe5 min read


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If you’re planning a temporary stay abroad, going on holiday, or moving away for good, you might be thinking about taking your bike along with you. You could be an adrenaline junkie with a love of mountain bikes looking for a solution to pack a bike for competitions abroad or you could simply be one of the millions of people in Europe who use a bike to commute to and from school or work. Either way, we’ve got a solution to getting your bike around.

Packing a bike properly is crucial when using the courier services provided by Eurosender. And we want to give a helping hand, so we’ve compiled some basic steps to help you know how to properly pack your bikes before a shipment.

What do you need?

Internal and External Packaging Supplies

  1. Plastic pouches – for storing delicate or small objects
  2. Cloths or rags– for cleaning residue and grease from the bike before you pack
  3. Cardboard boxes – for packing smaller parts of the bike, its wheels and framework
  4. Foam sheeting – for internal cushioning inside the cardboard boxe;
  5. Bubble wrap – for securing and protecting individual parts before packing
  6. Packing Peanuts – for internal cushioning of the cardboard boxes
  7. Thin rope – for securing the wheels
  8. Duct Tape – for sealing the box at the very end

Where to get the supplies?

  1. Plastic Pouches– any stationery or hardware store or supermarket
  2. Cloths or rags– DIY stores or material that’s no longer of use at home
  3. Cardboard boxes– any stationery or hardware store. Used ones also available in supermarkets or grocery stores, usually for free.
  4. Foam sheeting – hardware stores
  5. Bubble Wrap– any stationery or hardware store
  6. Packing Peanuts– hardware stores
  7. Duct Tape– any stationery or hardware store or supermarket.

You can also find a specially designed hard-travel case that is perfect to pack a bike. These cases have special compartments in which all the parts of the bike can be stored, fitted too with foam pads to protect from shocks during transit.

If you don’t have such a case, the cardboard box is the logical and cheaper alternative.

How to pack a bike properly?

1. Disassemble the parts

If you don’t have a cardboard box sturdy or big enough to fit the entire bike, then you’ll have to dismantle it bit by bit. First, take apart the main removable parts: the wheels and handlebars. Then remove the pedals and the saddle. If the saddle can’t be removed it should be lowered instead.
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2. Clean

Before the parts are packed away, any excess oil or residue should be wiped from them. Before then being wrapped in bubble wrap and/or plastic wrap to protect the items from scratches.

3. Packaging

When you are trying to pack your bike, bigger parts should be packed away into separate small cardboard boxes. The bolts should be put into plastic poaches.

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4. Secure the contents

When you pack a bike, you should use cushioning material to line and fill the interior of the cardboard box. Perfect materials for this are bubble wrap, foam pads or polystyrene chips. This is to avoid the contents moving inside the box during transit.

Also, make sure to place the dismantled parts at the bottom of the bigger box, using string and packthread to secure the items from moving around.

In case you don’t dismantle the bike parts, use thin rope to tie the wheels to the frame. In this way, they won’t move.

Putting everything together

1. Choosing the right cardboard boxes;

Make sure the box is big enough to fit all parts of your bike. Ensure the boxes size is able to accommodate both the bicycle frame and its parts.

2. Sealing the cardboard box;

Close the cardboard box and tape it. Use enough tape and seal all sides of the box. Apply at least three strips of tape evenly and cover all flaps and seams on the top and the bottom. Use strapping for heavier boxes.

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Even if dismantling all the bike parts is more time consuming, it is always a better option both moneywise – the final price depends on the volume of the package – and in terms of security – you lower the chances of damage through transit.

You can always choose to pack a bike and send it without removing the parts if you find a box big enough to fit it. Just take into consideration that if you choose to do so, due to the dimensions, the shipping costs might be higher.

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Don’t forget to pack the entire bike gear if you don’t want to carry it along with you, items such as:

  • Helmet
  • Water bottle
  • Flat repair kit
  • Wrenches
  • Bike lights
  • Lock and keys

Things to remember before shipping

  1. Measure the size of the box accurately before placing the order for courier services. The prices are based on the dimensions and weight and it is crucial that you give the exact ones.
  2. Make sure you erase any addresses written on the box because it may confuse the courier driver.
  3. Check with the shipping services provider if you need to print and place labels with the delivery address on the package or if the courier driver will bring it.
  4. Put specifications on heavy boxes, for example, if the package is heavy, then put a note that it may not be easily lifted by one person.
  5. Don’t forget to place the order 2 days in advance. If you will travel, we recommend not to set the pick-up date for the day prior to your departure, to increase your options should there be problems with the pick-up provided by the courier service.

By following these few steps, you minimize the costs of transporting a bike abroad and learn how to properly pack a bike. If you still have any doubts about how to pack items for shipping, Eurosender’s packing and shipping experts are always there to help you. Feel free to reach us through your most preferred method of contact. You can also check out more of our packing tips for different types of shipments.

Still wondering why you should ship a bike? Do not hesitate to visit our Youtube channel!

Last modified: May 15, 2017

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