Originally Posted by El Tarangu
Just by the by... What are you packing your bike in? I'm moving to Belgium in a couple of weeks, and I'm trying to figure out how to ship the rig. I've read on a different thread that some people just pack the bike up in one of the cardboard boxes that bikes get delivered in - can anyone say, from personal experience, how this compares to a hardshell or bike bag?
And can anyone tell me if this bag
is any use?
(Sorry for hijacking your thread btw)
My bike is packed in a bike bag. I think though, for a short flight, i'd be more inclined to leave it as 'whole' as you can. After pulling mine apart and wrapping and packing it i think i've come to the conclusion that the more a bike looks like a bike the safer it will be.
I think an ideal lightweight solution would be a bike box with polystyrene sheet with it hollowed out in the shape of the frame, so the frame rests in it. Makes it lightweight but safe.
What i ended up doing was buying lots of pipe lagging and wrapping the frame in that, bubble wrap around the rear derailleur which was taken off and put between the chain stays, fork stays in the front and rear stays and then making two carboard and foam inserts for either side of the bag to give the bike a bit more padding if the bag is put on its side or something put ontop of it. now somehow i just have to manage carrying it while wheeling my soft sided luggage.
Packing a bike is a hell of a lot harder than packing dive gear i have discovered!