Here's a great packing job. Shipper got the frame to fit in a BMX box. Really well done.
Marc St. Martin Livermore, CA USA
>From: Tom Sanders <email@example.com>
>Sent: Feb 20, 2009 6:17 AM
>Subject: [CR] Shipping a bike to anywhere: The need to make it as compact a package as possible
>Shipping is expensive and getting more so all the time. With size of the
>package being so crucial to the cost, it is perhaps time to discuss making a
>packed bike a more compact package.
>The first recommendation is something Brian Baylis told me years ago. When
>shipping a frame, remove the fork, wrap it (Brian recommended newspaper to
>wrap the fork in) and put it between the stays. This is about the smallest
>possible space you get a frame down to and also keeps the fork from
>producing a severe strain on the front end of the frame if a close encounter
>of the worst kind arises with the package and all the mysterious things that
>seem to so often impact shipped bikes.
>Next, a seller from Poland sent me a bike and he had the package within the
>box right down to the exact length of the frame and fork for an entire bike.
>It was all trussed up like a turkey with the wheels on the sides and I will
>send pics of the package to anyone who requests it. This sounds pretty
>basic, but I was much impressed with his cleverness. Most anyone can think
>of ways to make the bike itself a smaller package within the box. Often
>when shipping a bike around the country where pricing is not quite so
>ruinous there is a huge amount of empty space inside the box. So much so,
>that saavy shippers like Lou Deeter will tie off the bike within the box to
>limit movement within the box.
>Hope these hints will help some in lowering folks shipping expenses, and
>like I said above, I'll forward some pics of the Polish E-Bay seller's
>shipping package to any interested parties. I thought it was really clever.
>Lansing, MI USA