Getting prepared to move or travel? Bringing your fixie bike on the go with you will be no issue when you learn how to box your fixie bike and ship it out for prompt arrival.
Getting Ready to Box - What You'll Need
If you have followed our previous guide and already have the dissembling tools in your home bike shop, the remaining materials needed are minimal.
Calling ahead to your local bike shop for a fixie bike box will be an ideal choice. A bike box is designed specifically for easy packaging of your bike. Many bike shops will have the box size for your bike, but on occasion they may run short and have to order it. The sooner you plan your shipping process, the better chance you can get all the materials, such as a bike box, together.
In addition to a fixie bike box, you will also need:
- Extra fork protectors;
- Extra axle protectors;
- Bubble wrap;
- String and/or
- Zip ties;
- Pipe insulation;
- 4 mm to 6 mm allen wrenches;
- 15 mm pedal wrench; and
- 15 mm open-end wrench (only for fixie bikes with nutted axles).
Once you assemble all these tools, the disassembling of the bike will come easy.
Step One: Deflating Your Fixed Gear Bike's Tires
It's important to avoid damage to your tires through changes in air pressure generally associated with any air travel. Deflating your tires enough so they are soft will prevent any air pressure changes from damaging your bike or tire.
Step Two: Removing Your Pedals for Packaging
Removing pedals is an easy feat. Using a wrench sized for your fixed gear bike, loosen the left pedal going clockwise and the right pedal going counter-clockwise. Continue to loosen until they are fully removed and ready for packaging.
Step Three: Removing the Brake (if Applicable)
Depending on your fixie bike, you may or may not have a brake. If you do not have a brake, it's important to remove the front wheel just for packaging reason.
If you fixie bike or multi-geared road bike has brakes, disconnect the front brake cable and use a wrench to remove the front wheel from the bike.
Step Four: Disconnecting Quick Release Axles
It's imperative to remove your quick release axles if they are on your fixed gear bike. Removing the quick release skewer and threading the end back on will keep it together.
Step Five: Taking Off the Seat
Loosen the seat post clamp on your fixie bike and pull it up and out of the frame.
Step Six: Adding Protection
Wrap and zip tie or string up the following items:
- Crank Arms
- Bike Frame
- Rear Axle Ends
This will easily secure the items in place and prevent damage from packaging and shipping.
Step Seven: Disconnecting Your Stem
If your fixie bike has a threadless headset, you will need to loosen and remove the stem's top cap. Afterward, loosen each individual side bolt so you can slide your fixie's stem up and off it's fork steerer tube.
Keep the headset bearings in place but carefully holding the fork in place when removing the stem.
Use a zip tie to fasten the steerer tube above the headset. Begin threading the top cap and slightly tighten it to ensure it stays in place.
Step Eight: Packaging the Fixie Bike for Easy Shipping
Attaching it to your bike rack or resting it on the ground, tie your fixie's bike wheel onto the left side of it's frame. It's important not to let the axle touch any part of the frame. This could potentially ruin the bike.
Tuck your left crank arm into the wheel spokes, making sure that it does not touch the rim of the wheel.
Make sure the forks are facing backward by rotating it 180 degrees. Rotate and tuck the handlebars onto the right of the frame and twist them if necessary to maintain a low profile in the packaging. Tighten the handlebars of your fixie with zip ties or string.
Cardboard and pad the areas where the bars or stem touch the wheels or frame of your fixie bike. Nothing on your fixed gear bike should be touching the wheels or frame.
Slide the bike into the bike using precaution. Bubble wrap the seat and post for added protection against damaging during the shipping process. Fasten them securely to the fixie's rear wheel for minimal noise.
Package the quick release, pedals and additional spare parts for your fixie bike into a small box or tote bag you may have lying around. Place it behind the fork.
Clothing, sleeping bags and towels you may also be bringing can be added into the box for added protection against potential shipping damages.
Secure the top and bottom of the box using tape. Add several strips to ensure secure packaging. Conceal any holes or rips in the packaging, if applicable.
Shipping your fixie bike can happen efficiently using these techniques. It will be ready for whenever you want to ship your bike.