Transporting your bike
Transporting your bike is usually a sign of good times ahead! For that we are more than happy to provide resources on how to transport your bike safely, so there are no hiccups during the journey and you can make the most out of your riding time.
Remember many of the components on a bicycle can be quite fragile and fine adjustments are often required, so it is crucial to be careful when transporting your ride, so it’ll make it to your destination free of any dramas.
TRANSPORTING THE BIKE BY TRAIN
This is probably the simplest method featured in this article. If you’re lucky enough to be able to ride to the nearest train station and get the train leading to your riding adventures, all you have to do is, well, ride it.
This way your adventure starts early and you don’t have to worry about purchasing a bike rack or half disassembling your bike. Besides the fact that this is actually the healthiest and more environmentally friendly way to travel with your bike. Well done!
TRANSPORTING THE BIKE IN YOUR CAR
If you need to drive your car to the riding destination but do not own, or have plans to own a bike rack, you can partially disassemble your bike to fit it inside the car.
Usually you can get away by just removing your front wheel and steering your handlebars to clear the way into the boot or the back seat. Bear in mind not to squeeze your brake levers while the wheel is off the bike, as this can push your pads out and make it harder to reinstall the wheel.
Be sure to master the front wheel installation before hitting the road, just for peace of mind that everything will be in its place before riding the bike again.
TRANSPORTING THE BIKE ON YOUR CAR
If you already own or are in the market for a bike rack, this can make transporting your bike a very simple task.
Car bike racks will come in all shapes and sizes. Different racks are available to fit different cars and will also feature various mounting methods. You can have a roof rack, a tow ball mounted rack, a boot rack, a ute vertical rack or a tailgate mounted pad.
This can all sound a bit overwhelming, but remember: it all depends on what car it’s going on and also what’s your preferred carrying method.
BIKE TRAVEL BAGS AND BOXES
If you’re travelling abroad or long distances you may want to pack your bike into a travel bag or box. There are currently many options in the market, we always like to recommend the hard cases as they will offer better side burst strength.
Another option is to use the cardboard box that your bike was shipped to you into. For this reason we recommend keeping not only the bike box, but all the foam, straps, protectors, etc. Basically all the protective material that comes with your bike can come handy when you need to disassemble it for a long journey.
And these are our top tips on how to transport your bike! Hope that can be helpful on your next bike trip or drive to your local trail.
Now last but not least, make sure to enjoy your time maintaining your bike as much as you do riding it, and happy riding!
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