How to pack your bike in to a bike box

Packing your bike in to your bike box is a relatively simple job once you know how. The Global Cycling Network have produced a brilliant video on the subject.


There are some essential tools that you'll need for this job, a pump, allen keys, pedal spanner, tape and optionally extra padding and drop out protectors.


The way I think about removing pedals is to go against the way that you turn the cranks, the easiest way to achieve this is to hold the back brake on to stop the bike moving. Then gently put your foot on the arm of the spanner or wrench with your foot and gently apply pressure to loosen the pedal.

If you're using a pedal spanner be careful to avoid the chain rings on the drive side. Put the crank arm vertically and apply pressure to the pedal nearest the ground.

Stem and handlebars

Start by removing the top cap from the stem, loosen the bolts either side then gently pull the stem upwards from the fork steerer tube so that the handle bars are hanging by the cables, remember to put the cap back on once you've done this so you don't lose it, same with the bolts from the stem.

Saddle and seatpost

It's crucial that your saddle is the same height when you ride at home or abroad. Before you remove the saddle mark the position with a piece of tape, line the tape up with the edge of the frame loosen the bolts on the saddle clamp and remove the saddle, remember to put the bolts back with the clamp once the saddle is separated from the bike.


This is easiest when the chain is on the smallest sprocket on the rear cassette and the small ring on the chainset so that there's less tension on the chain overall. Open the brake callipers, undo the quick release on the wheel you are removing pull the derailleur down and away from the bike with your other hand and remove the wheel from the frame. You might have to help the chain and detach it from the rear cassette with your fingers.

Open the front brake callipers and undo the front quick release and lift the frame upwards so that you can remove the front wheel from the bike, it's much easier. Before you put your wheels in the box remember to deflate them.

Rear derailleur

Some people like to remove their rear derailleur for safety reasons. You can do this with an allen key (Torx T25 key for Campagnolo) turning anti clockwise.

Optional padding and securing your bike

Padding is more important if you don't have a hard case - but it never hurts to add more padding around your bike. Remember to strap the frame into position once it's in the box so it doesn't move about in transit. Place the second foam layer on top of your bike and insert the anti-crush pole, guiding it in to the recess on the

Extra notes

There's a couple of things that you must never put into the bike box, first of those is gas canisters, the small containers of air, pressurised air you use if you're out on a bike and you puncture, in fact they're not allowed full stop onto aircraft.

If you're lucky enough to have Campagnolo or Shimano electronic gears you'll need to take the battery pack off them and put that into either your hold luggage or into your hand luggage.

Another thing to bare in mind if you are putting a lot of other stuff other than just your bike inside the bike box is that the people at the oversized baggage they don't have to help you in terms of getting it onto the belt so you need to make sure you're more than capable of lifting it up yourself and that it is within your baggage allowance.

Thank you to GCN

A big thank you to the Global Cycling Network for allowing me use their content here to help you. Be sure to subscribe to them on YouTube, follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook and follow them on Google+.