After learning how to pack a bike into a bike bag, check out our Advice for Taking your Bike on Public Transport and The Cost of Transporting your Bike by Plane for more useful information on bike transportation! To pack a bike into a bike bag you will need:
– Bike bag (we used the
Polaris Axial Pod Bag for this)
– Multi tool
– Pedal spanner
– Plastic fork/ rear end spaces
– Electrical Tape
Tip: Use the left
/ right arrow keys
Turn your handlebars around to the side, so that they don’t take up as much space in the bike bag, reducing the bike’s width. Do this by undoing the side bolts of the stem, but not the top cap. Don’t take them out just make them loose and push the handle bars to the side. You can then tighten the stem bolt a little so that they stay in this position.
Take out saddle and seat post, then set aside for packing later.
Remove the pedals with your pedal spanner. Position the crank arm so that it’s pointing forward. Place the pedal spanner so that it’s pointing back. Push down on both the pedal and pedal spanner. This can get tough, as pedals will tighten as you ride. If this is the case, you can stand on the pedal spanner. Repeat on the other side.
The next step is to remove your wheels. Remember to undo your quick release for this which will enable you to gently pull the wheel from the frame. If you’re travelling by air, be sure to deflate your tyres about half way, because of the change in air pressure it can cause the tyres to explode. You also don’t want to damage your rims.
Now you want to remove your dérailleur from your mech hanger which is a really delicate part of the bike that can easily snap. Prevent this from happening by taking the mech hanger off using your multi tool.
Then tape the dérailleur to your bike's frame using electrical tape so that it stays close. Electrical tape is a good option because it won't leave any residue behind.
Lastly, make sure you put spacers in your dropouts and in your fork to prevent any damage from happening to your frame.
Liked How to: Pack a Bike into a Bike Bag? Check out these too!
How to: Wrap Bar Tape
How to: Overcome the Fear of Descending by Bike in 7 Easy Steps
5 Issues in Professional Women’s Cycling More Important Than THAT Kit