Some advice and a lot of first-hand anecdotes and observations from someone who accidentally had a career in the bike business.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
This is the worst one we've had in a while, but most of our bike shipments arrive with one or more kicked to crap. I wonder how it is in other industries. This came off the truck looking like this. Another box was merely ripped open at the top. Others arrive crushed, dented or punctured in various ways.
Several decades ago when I was considering a transcontinental bike tour I was going to take the bike almost completely apart so I could ship the frame and wheels separately in boxes smaller and sturdier that did not suggest that a bike was inside. It's a good argument for a take-apart frame so the box dimensions are more compact. Shippers seem to like that.