Bike Packaging

Help protect your bike during shipping and arrive in good condition.

The onus is on you, not the driver to ensure your goods are suitably packaged as described below. Your goods could be rejected by the driver or at the sorting hub which will cause delays to your delivery and incur a failed collection charge.

Sending your bike with Paisley Freight? We have created a practical guide for packaging your bike to help protect your bike during shipping. We have included what materials you need and the best techniques for dismantling and securing your bike.

We strongly recommend our own custom packaging which can be purchased during the booking process.

Bike Box


  • Spanner

Packaging Materials

  • Cardboard Bicycle Box
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Adhesive Tape
  • Cable Ties
  • Packaging Peanuts (Optional)

Step 1. The Pedals

If pedals are not removed, you run the risk of them piercing through the cardboard and getting damaged. Using the spanner unthread the right-pedal (counter-clockwise to loosen) and vice-versa for the left. Wrap each pedal in bubble wrap.

Tip – Use a freezer bag or plastic pouch to keep pedals, bolts and other small objects safe.

Step 2. The Seat

You can lower your seat or remove altogether from the frame. Newer bikes may have a quick release lever if not, loosen using the spanner. Once loosened push down as far as it will go or pull upwards to remove the seat and post. Remember to retighten the bolt to secure the seat and wrap seat post in bubble wrap (if removed).

Step 3. The Wheels

Again, newer bikes will have a quick release bolt. If not, loosen the bolt and remove the wheel via the brake blocks.

Tip – Protect the rear wheel axle by covering with bubble wrap.

Step 4. The Frame

To protect the frame and forks from scratches wrap in bubble wrap (or foam piping) and secure with cable ties.

Step 5. Prevent Movement

Loosen the stem of your handlebars and lower as far down as they will go. Then rotate so they are parallel to the frame and secure with cable ties.

Now your handlebars are secure, to prevent your front wheel and seat post moving around the box attach to the frame using cable ties.

Step 6. The Box

For extra protection line the bottom of the box with approx. 2 inches of bubble wrap or packing peanuts. Lift the frame with attached components into the box and if you have used a bag for your accessories tape this to the inside of the box. Fill the rest of the box with remaining bubble wrap or packing peanuts. Secure the box closed with plenty of adhesive tape and mark which way is up.