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How To Pack A Cardboard Bike Box

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Travelling with your bike? Save money by using a cardboard bike box. Subscribe to GCN on YouTube: http://gcn.eu/SubscribeToGCN Bike bags and bike boxes offer great protection for your pride and joy, but in this video Daniel Lloyd takes you through another, cheaper option. Cardboard bike boxes are often thrown out by bike shops, and with some extra padding, they can make great improvised bike boxes. Got anything to add? Leave your tips in the comments below. Music: Sarah Williams White - Hope and Lust: http://gcn.eu/1roOxct About GCN: The Global Cycling Network puts you in the centre of the action: from the iconic summit of the Stelvio to the epic trails of Fort William, Scotland, everywhere there is pavé or dirt, world-class racing, and pro riders, we will be there bringing you all the action, essential analysis and unparalleled access every week, every month, and every year. Welcome to the Global Cycling Network | Inside cycling Youtube Channel - http://gcn.eu/gcnYT Facebook - http://gcn.eu/gcnFb Google+ - http://gcn.eu/gcnGPlus Twitter - http://gcn.eu/gcnTW Leave us a comment below! Music licensed by Cue Songs
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School Developers (15 days ago)
E X C E L L E N T ! ! ! GOOD ON YOU!
You can now get easy to install and remove bike box wheels from www.bikeboxrollers.com
Akmal Vlog (2 months ago)
I got the same box from my local specialized store and its the same and its 2019 they does not change their box as much
jayhenryrules (2 months ago)
Am I the only one who noticed that the rear derailleur cable needs a cap on the end of it? I do way too much bike maintenance...
money calling (3 months ago)
Felt bikes are excelente
Tim Bridgman (4 months ago)
Great video but worth either cutting plastic tube and use the scewers or picking up front and rear fork spacers to prevent forks being squashed. When a new bike is delivered it also comes with hub end caps which are useful for no piercing the box. Remember to deflate tyres. Wrap large chairing in cardboard to help protect teeth. I also use a shoebox for pedals tools and any other items removed to reduce other baggage. Towels and clothes can also help protect frame.
Gavin Creagh (5 months ago)
I'm thinking about doing this method, but I'm concerned about the spokes. Are the wheels going to be easily damaged if the spokes take a bump or two, or should they be fine?
Catend (8 months ago)
what is the grey tube cushion called?
Bihter Kaytaz-Eker (3 months ago)
You can find it if you search as 'pipe insulation'. I have bought recently to prepare my bike for an international flight.
LILY FINNEGAN (10 months ago)
reeeeeee
cryora (10 months ago)
I thought of covering the box with tarp so that it also becomes weather resistant. The problem is that the tarp I just bought is flammable. Will that be allowed as checked luggage?
Lance Lovecraft (11 months ago)
my bicycle is my only mode of transportation. I want to take it to other cities via flight but I can't get a case as i will be on my bicycle the whole time
Ryan Sharp (11 months ago)
who's watching in 2018.
Emef Griffin (1 year ago)
Are you guys getting charged with this method? Thanx.
Malcolm Hetherington (1 year ago)
Spacers for the dropouts!
Mark Evasion (1 year ago)
i think you forgot to say deflate the tires - very important for non-pressurised plane holds!
Stephen Williams (1 year ago)
I would have put wheel spacer between the front fork and the rear
Ashkan Ahmadi (1 year ago)
Good informative video thanks but PLEASE WASH/CHANGE THOSE NASTY BAR TAPES!!
Catalin Onel (1 year ago)
and don't forget to fly easyjet http://road.cc/content/news/222669-pro-cyclist-tweets-picture-bike-destroyed-baggage-handlers
Kris Brosnihan (2 years ago)
Good video. Aside from the music.
Lance Smith (2 years ago)
I probably wouldn't do it on the gravel :)
Michael Angelo Samson (2 years ago)
Should it be alright to put the pedals and skewers on the luggage for checkin at the airport? I hope so. That's what I'm going to do. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Aldi 001 (2 years ago)
could I just wrap the frame with bubble wrap
Brian Hayes (2 years ago)
The music on this video hahahaha I like the song but doesn't fit lol.
Hi guys! I'm getting my first carbon bike and I need to pack it to take it home. I'm worried about having the rear triangle crushed. what's your opinion to avoid that? I was thinking on using a block of styrofoam to make the box mote resistant. ..
Global Cycling Network (2 years ago)
yes, also you can put a dummy axle/old hub in place.
Ivan Granados (2 years ago)
How do you call what you have used to cover the frame? cheers
Mike Harbison (2 years ago)
Ivan Granados foam swimming noodle
jaded94 (2 years ago)
used the method in this video flying back from a tour and about to use it a second time! cheers gcn.
EyeDee (2 years ago)
You forgot to bubble wrap your bottle haha! Handy video, thanks for the upload!
ocripcurrent (2 years ago)
Don't forget a fork dropout spacer brace!!!
Michael Sean Muldoon (2 years ago)
thanks guys, I just repacked mine after watching this to send it to Cape Town :)
Dr Zaius (2 years ago)
A lot of people below are saying airlines make it mandatory to deflate tyres, and i just want to add that I flew with my bike last week in Australia, and the airline I flew on had it mandatory that regardless of the bike you ride, that you take off your handlebars, the front wheel, the front wheel was positioned near the rear wheel, and the pedals were off. So each airline has their own rules, so make sure you check what their rules are before you fly. If you're in Australia, follow what's in this video and you'll hit nearly all airlines guidelines.
Klaudyna Iwaniewicz (2 years ago)
Where can I get bubble wrap?
Aw Seeogaan (2 years ago)
Leave the back wheel on.... That is the way it comes in a bike box anyway.
raptuspl (3 years ago)
I got a 61cm xl frame and keep the rear wheel and derailleur (set the the easy gear) on. The handlebar is tied and secured to the fork. Also a good idea to put all the clothes in. In the video you put the bike in the box without securing the chainrings which might get damaged during the transport. I keep the chain on the big dog to avoid the sharp teeth going through the protective layer. So far no problems at all :)
Debashish Kaushik (3 years ago)
that does not look good for the bike at all
Alfred Stimoli (2 years ago)
How do you think your bike got to the bike shop in the first place?
Razvan Andries (3 years ago)
Very nice video guys, thank you !
fred (3 years ago)
I'd put a spare spindle or something similar in place of the wheels between the front and rear forks to stop them getting crushed. Useful vid.
Michael (3 years ago)
+Global Cycling Network Thanks for letting me share my passion with my folks this holiday season!! and for saving me from some grief! Great video. To all the doubtful, bikeflights.com + free shipping materials = win. $50 ain't bad.
Mark Lindsey (3 years ago)
I also add some polystyrene foam to the forks and rear drops outs for support and then add blocks of foam the width of the box for extra support.  Good ideas here.
Michael Alquist (3 years ago)
Good video but I've traveled exclusively with ONLY a bike box, so here are several things to remember:. 1) Place a wheel on each side of the bike frame (not both sides as shown). This will even the distribution of weight and allow for even better protection of the frame above what he's done there. Buy two small rubber balls (like the ones you'd buy for your dog) slice a few slots and slide over the outside facing hub center and tape, this way they won't penetrate the box. With that said, I've never used a box that I couldn't leave the rear wheel on but if you're unlucky enough to not get a box that is sized appropriately the method shown in the video will work. 2) Buy two tennis balls, cut slices in both and press over the end of each front fork prior to sizing and cutting the pipe wrap over forks. This will keep the forks from penetrating through the cardboard. 3) It appears the box was either too small or he didn't push the seat post all the way down into the seat stay. By pushing the seat post down, you can place your bike helmet (for those smart enough to wear and own one!) over the seat, this provides a super strong push out from the frame AND the helmet will actually fit perfectly in the box without bulging. Tape the helmet to the frame (more on why in #5 4) Tape the handlebars securely (he did not do that), otherwise they'll flail around and yes.. they can and will scratch the frame somehow! 5) If you are shipping this with you in the USA OR if it is going to the USA, forget about putting a lot of tape to seal as the TSA WILL open the box for inspection and reseal with TSA labeled tape anyway.. so don't get to elaborate, you'll only be disappointed when you get to your destination and find your pretty box has been violated! Remember to secure those wheels with tape to the frame in such a way (he did not do this in the video) 6) He is correct - do not include items like the pedals.SPD's or other small items unless you want them to fall out somehow 7) If you are returning (round trip) be sure to use a marker to identify on the pipe wraps where they go and take pictures with your smartphone once you're done so you remember exactly how you did it the first time. And NEVER leave water in your water bottles as the TSA has a habit of throwing them away if they do upon opening and inspection AND your bike might be tagged for further inspection and you won't see it on the other end of your trip..! Take it from me! 8) Take everything of value out of the seat post bag or it could be confiscated. I had a friend who left a bike tool and since it had a knife blade, it wasn't there when we got to the island!, and 9) Deflate your tires.. mandatory by the airlines, but not all inspections catch this. if you do not deflate your tire will most likely explode in the box while at high altitude.
Mononomous 06 (1 year ago)
I need a llink to your video asap!
Christopher Mahon (3 years ago)
And this is what Eurostar wants now? Yikes.
Pedro P (3 years ago)
GCN gents, how about a video to built a box from scratch? Here is a good suggestion for you. Either you built it out of scrap boxes from the local groceries store or you get proper tick flat cardboard panels. I have not used any other method for transporting my bike in 10+ trips. Yes, I know it is a bit time consuming but it works. I would suggest to lay you frame flat on one of the panels and secure all the gear to it using electrical wire straps (certainly need to protect frame with soft cloth or padding). I always reinforce the box in these areas; forks, crank, rear-deraillouer. Then, you place that panel as a single unit with all the stuff within the box area and built the box around it. Cheers, hope you try. Pedro
Josh Gray (3 years ago)
I've had success with this method. A couple of tips: place a length a copper water pipe between the front forks and reinsert the skewer to prevent the forks getting squashed. And if the box has a hole on either side for carrying reinforce these with lots of tape.
steganographer (3 years ago)
airlines make it compulsory to deflate tires..
Kandi Klover (3 years ago)
i just got the scicon that was shown in the ad before this vid. thank you target advertising.
Winniefred b'vera (3 years ago)
seriously.... what is with the seductive music/?? :v
Austin Shoupe (9 months ago)
It's dark and groovy. I dig it. Figure if it had been Meg Myers, then it's worth complaining about.
G Cordery (2 years ago)
Hope and Lust by SWW
Ben Travis Jeffreys (3 years ago)
Perfect vid, thanks guys!
ConteudoAnimal com br (3 years ago)
Free cardboard in Brasil .... 100% not possible ... here is hell place to cycling
Big Boy (3 years ago)
So what to you do coming back? Ask for a bike box at the airport? Utter nonsense.
Mark Evasion (1 year ago)
big, but not too bright
mattbellamymate (1 year ago)
Big Boy Go to a bike shop at your destination? Utter simplicity
Flight4590 (3 years ago)
+Big Boy Use the same box maybe?
Abhinav Shanmugam (3 years ago)
I really think you guys should address what a few people have already stated.. A plastic spacer for the fork and rear end dropouts are a must!!! Not a recommendation but a must. Especially with an aluminum frame. Please change the video...
Mark Evasion (1 year ago)
how about using the hub on your rear wheel instead? oh sorry, you like exclamation marks!!!??!!!!
Nicolas kassis (4 years ago)
Might have been mentioned already but I didn't see it in the video. I'd recommend also marking the stem and seat post to know where they were originally.
Alex Miles (4 years ago)
very useful video!! thank you Dan, you make it looks like it is so easy
Armando Hurtado (4 years ago)
Hi! Thanks for your explanations. Do you think a X-Small Scott Speedster bike can fit, doing the same process. But instead of using a box using a cheap bag with dimensions of  70.5 x 36 x 60.5 cm? 
sekonic1973 (4 years ago)
I found this vid to be very useful, by the way where did you guys purchase the pipe leggings?
Peter Noll (4 years ago)
Packing over stones seems like a bad idea to me. The wheels should be secured to the bike so they don't move around. The seat post and handlebars should be marked with tape to know where they belong when you reassemble. Use of bubble wrap is questionable. Foam seems better.
Romi Arkan (4 years ago)
All I would do with that big bubble wrap is pop it... :D
Jakob Sjögren (4 years ago)
Don't forget to deflate your tires aswell, they tend to pop during air flights due to the low pressure
Patrick94GSR (4 years ago)
I recommend a chain with a quick link so you can remove the chain completely and carry it with the pedals and skewers.
c-record (4 years ago)
one crucial tip, be sure to put a plastic dummy axle in the forks and rear dropouts.  you can get them from bikeshops for free. 
Zachary Wong (4 years ago)
You should reverse the stem so that it is backwards - saves space.
matprlz (4 years ago)
Perfect timing for my 4000km of japan later this month!! Thanks GCN
Zach Mertz (4 years ago)
Could you use a pool noodle/foam float instead of that foam? They're thicker
Cup & Cone (4 years ago)
I used them once on a frame I sold. It worked, but the inner diameter of the pool floats is smaller than pipe insulation, so it may be harder to fit it around the tubes. I think I actually used the $1 pool floats from the Dollar Tree, which worked better than the more expensive ones, as they were a bit smaller.
Servizio Corse (4 years ago)
top tip: aks your LBS for a couple of those Plastic spacers the fork and rear frame are fitted with when first delivered to the shop, then there is less chance of the handlers braking our frame or fork. ;-)
Sam Beadle (4 years ago)
how do you get a gcn bottle
IngeniousFirefly (4 years ago)
I have taken Amtrak (interstate and intrastate train travel in the USA) and they have boxed bike shipping. All I did to make it fit was to drop the handlebars and lower the seatpost. The bike box was large enough to fit my 60 cm frame with little problems. The pedals did cause some bulging around the sides of the box, so I could have removed them. 
Sutlore Keng (4 years ago)
I used to do this package with Cervelo bike's cardboard box. It is longer than the box in the video, which means I don't have to put that much effort as in the video. Just took out the handle bar and position it as in the video, took out the saddle, front wheel, wrap up the frame, put it altogether and it is done.
Allesio Fondressi (4 years ago)
Remember to deflate your bike tires too....oh, 'ang on a bit luv, do remember to redushe your tyre pressure to zed.  How was that?
Zer0_L1ves (4 years ago)
I think getting a bike box or bike bag might be a better idea... than to waste so much effort and stuff (bubble wrap, tape etc.) whenever u need to fly with ur bike.... 
mattbellamymate (1 year ago)
adamknight4862 A lot of people likely don't want to be lugging an actual bike box around with them though, and just want to unpack the bike at the airport and cycle away
Trigger HappyTV (3 years ago)
+JonasVideoReview +1 on the Giant boxes they are great
TOMMY TOTO (3 years ago)
+Global Cycling Network is that Sean Kellys cardboard box?
Global Cycling Network (4 years ago)
True, but a cardboard box is great if you're doing it on a budget. 
Truth (4 years ago)
Shouldn't need to remove the back wheel.
newie (1 year ago)
great tip about the fork and brake! thanks mate
Rasmus Riemann (2 years ago)
those boxes are almost too large to handle
Lesley Myrick (4 years ago)
+thechosendude he could have easily left the rear wheel and mech in place if he would have just removed the seat and post entirely. Over 90% of manufacturers send their bikes to shops 90-95% complete. Basically bars, stem, pedals, seat and seat post install. My kestrel Legend SL came with the rear wheel and mech still attached.
Cup & Cone (4 years ago)
It depends on the manufacturer/box. I agree most companies use larger boxes with the rear wheel still fitted, but I still see some smaller boxes with both wheels off.
Zpand3x (4 years ago)
I agree :) keep the rear tire on, saddle off and take the rear derailleur off the dropout like in the video. also turn the fork 180° (mabey remove front brake also)
chesepuffs1 (4 years ago)
1st

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