9 tips to reach bike packing guru status

Find yourself traveling with your bike a lot? Watch as Dave shows you nine tips on how to ensure your bike gets to its destination in one piece. Make sure you watch it to the end as I am pretty certain Dave has something for zip ties!

00:35 - Tip #1: Use zip ties!
01:20 - Tip # 2: Use protective guards on your axles
01:40 - Tip #3: Use drop out protectors
01:57 - Tip #4: Tape your protectors in place
02:06 - Tip #5: Do this if your lazy like me
02:30 - Tip #6: Use bags and stuff sacks...
03:27 - Tip #7: Zip tie or strap these down
04:00 - Why stuff sacks are useful
04:18 - Tip #8: Beernutts are awesome
04:30 - An alternative to Beernutts
04:50 - Tip #9: How to use your wheels to protect your frame
05:30 - What was that Dave? Another new word?
05:43 - What was your favourite tip Dave? Remind me again what they are?

You can find our bike travel bag, named Royd here. Now I know it is obvious that Dave loves zip straps (just watch the end of the video if you don't believe me!) but you can also use our rigging straps to hold stuff down. If you like the look of our packing cells grab the Cellblock L and Cellblock M here. Oh, and we padded our frame up with our Beernutts.

Dave here from BOgear and I’ve just come back from a trip with my bike down to Melbourne. And so I thought I would take the time to show you how I've packed my bike, and a couple of little tips and tricks I've collected along the way, to make sure my bike gets to and from the destination in one piece.

So the first thing you will notice is we have lots of zip-ties. Basically the whole point of these is to hold everything together, and keep it secure so it doesn't move around. The most damage I've found doesn't come from the baggage gorillas throwing stuff around, but rather from vibration and rattling during transport. So a big tip is to always use zip-ties or something to hold everything together securely, just to make sure it's nice and tight.

Another tip is I have little protective guards on the ends of the axles. Technically you can run the nuts all the way to the end of the thread, which will give you a bigger surface area so it doesn't poke a hole in your bag. But just to be sure, I use a plastic spacer, which distributes the surface area a bit more and protects your bag. These plastic spacers should be available at your local bike shop.

Another thing you'll notice is I have dropout protectors on the rear and the front dropouts. So these protectors or spacers basically protect the frame from being skmidged (ok, so I made that word up!) during transport. I've also taped it to the frame, just so it doesn't pull out (tip #3 and #4).

Because I'm a lazy guy when it comes to packing, I don't remove my chain. Instead I wrapped it around my chain-ring, so there were no teeth to spike through and destroy the bag. The chain is then zip-tied tight to the frame, so it cannot unwrap or rattle loose from the chain-ring. I guess this is tip number five for lazy people like me!

Another thing to note is I have a lot of bags and stuff-sacs interspersed throughout. I put everything in here so my carry on luggage is smaller (tip #6), and at the end of my transit, I just have my Royd to collect. In the rear triangle of the frame I put the Royd packing cell, and fill it with bike paraphernalia: my D-lock, keys, lights and pedals. I've placed this bag here because that's where all the grease and gunk on the bike generally is, and I don't mind if this packing cell gets dirty.

I have two bags at the front of the frame. They're just super simple stuff-sacs that I keep my clothes in, one bag for dirty clothes, and the other for clean clothes. Both of these bags are tied in, and then wedged into a gap in the frame. If I wanted to I could zip-tie both ends down, so it doesn't go anywhere (tip #7).

The final bag is my Dumpsac tool kit, which is tied down to the stem and to the wheel and top-tube so it doesn't move around. You can put padding, little cases or bags in and amongst everything to stop shifting, rattling and to fill spaces. You can also add it on top of the wheels to give extra padding during transport.

Another thing you'll notice is I have two Beernutts on the top-tube and the down-tube, just to add a little more protection (#8). The Beernutts have padding which stops things getting scraped or rubbed against the frame. If you don't want to use a Beernutt, you can get Insul-zip tubing (insulated tubing) cut down to size and zip-tied to your frame.

The final thing you'll notice is the wheels are placed lower than the frame (tip #9). The reason for this is when you put your bag down; the weight is borne on the wheels rather than the frame. So it will protect the stem, the top-tube and the seat-tube where your seat-post inserts so it doesn't get pinched and broken (I've seen this happen and it sucks as you cannot ride away from the airport).

Again, the number one tip is use zip-ties. I hope that this made sense and the tips and tricks that I've shown here really help you out to ensure your bike arrives safe at your destination!

The 9 tips revisited:
1. Use zip ties
2. Use protective guards on your axles
3. Use drop out protectors
4. Tape drop out protectors in place
5. Zip tie your chain to your chainring (if you are lazy)
6. Use bags and stuff sacks to fill wasted volume in your bag, protect your bike, and reduce your carry on weight
7. Zip tie bags and padding down. Yeah I know this is also tip #1, but it is important!
8. Pad your bike frame tubes
9. Pack your wheels low to protect your frame.

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