When selling your bike online the best way to maximise interest is to offer postage. To be confident that the bike is going to reach your customer in the same condition as when it leaves you Stallion Cycles is able to offer its vast experience of packing and posting bikes as an affordable service. If you are located near us then we can pack your bike and arrange for the courier to collect it from our premises for a £30 all in fee (includes bike box, bubblewrap, tape and all additional packaging. Labour to pack. Next Day delivery via courier), the cost is passed onto the buyer so you have no extra outlay.
Below is a photographic step by step guide of how we pack bikes for a courier whether they are one of our own or a customer who has sold their bike online and has taken advantage of our pack and post service. As you can see we take a great deal of time and effort to ensure it reaches you in the condition it leaves us.
Contact us to discuss your requirements or to book in your bike in for wrapping.
Although we used a racing bike for the photo shoot we are able to wrap and send all types of bikes.
Step 1: A suitable sized box is sourced to ship the bike in. Other packing materials such as bubble wrap, brown paper, polystyrene (not pictured) and of course adhesive tape all comes in useful.
Step 2: The bottom of the box is taped. Obviously we don't want the bike to fall out the bottom of the box as soon as we pick it up so plenty of tape making sure to cover all joins so that there is nothing that can catch and get torn.
Note: We make sure the box has handles cut into it so that the courier can move it about with ease. This aids teh courier in lifting making it less likely to be miss handled.
Step 3: The bike will require some dis-assembly. We remove the saddle and seatpost, pedals, front wheel (removing the skewer from the front wheel) and remove the handlebars from the bike (sometimes, especially on older bikes, it maybe necessary to disconnect the front brake so as to remove the bars).
Note: We put the bike in first gear (large cog on the back and smallest on the front) which keeps the front and rear mech away from the edge of the box)
Step 4: We need to make sure that nothing moves about in transit and that where parts touch they are protected from each other. So the front wheel we removed earlier is now secured to the frame using bubble wrap strips and sandwich bag ties (or cable ties, string, etc).
Step 5: Same with the handlebars, they need to be secured to the frame, with bubble protection to ensure they do not cause any damage.
Step 6: We place something between the the front fork to avoid any compression that may occur in transit
(very unlikely but best to be safe)
Step 6a: Again not entirely necessary a sheet of bubble wrap just offers a little more protection.
Step 7: The bike is now ready to go into the box, should slot in nicely as in the picture. We add some screwed up paper either side to eliminate any sideways movement.
Step 8: The parts we removed earlier are carefully wrapped and inserted into the box with the bike. A collection of carrier bags makes for excellent packing taking up big voids of space and keeping everything in place.
Step 9: The box is adequately packed out so that the bike will not move about. A sheet of brown paper makes it look neat and by tucking it down the sides past the handle cut outs keeps prying eyes out.
Step 10: The box is closed and adequate tape is applied to ensure that the box will not come undone in transit.
Affix the address label, book the courier via P4D and that's a job well done.