If you’re planning to move your bike, safely moving it can be a tricky challenge. If you throw the bike at the back of a transit vehicle, your bike is guaranteed to have some damages. You wouldn’t want that, would you? More so if it is a racing bike, you will lose more than just the bike but it’s other important components too. Don’t risk losing a biking competition or hurt yourself on a nature trail in the middle of nowhere just because you’ve unintentionally broken your bike. Thus, it’s important that you know that there are moving companies Toronto to properly do the process of moving with minimal to zero damage:
Boxing the bike
To move your bike in a box, you will obviously have to dismantle the bike. The extent of dismantling depends on the size of the box that you intend to use.
For example, if you have a big box, say at least 72 inches long, you do not need to dismantle the whole bike. You only need to remove some few parts like the pedals. The box is large enough to accommodate the frame with the wheels intact.
If you only have medium boxes available, dismantle the front wheel but leave the rear wheel. Removing the rear wheel is a long process. Pack the frame with the rear wheel in one box and the front wheel with other parts in a second box.
A smaller box will require you to dismantle the whole bike. Remember to pack the parts to minimize movements tightly. Make sure small parts and hardware are packed in one small box or container.
Label the boxes
Dismantling is a lengthy process and might be challenging for some people. It will be time wasting and tiresome especially if you’re moving many bikes. If so, a better choice would be to take the bike(s) to a bike shop for a professional to handle the dismantling. A fee will be charged. If dismantling is not your cup of tea, you can follow the tips below:
Put it on the backseat
Many vehicles, especially saloon cars, cannot fit a bike in the boot. Fold the backseat of your car then place the bike on a blanket. The blanket helps to prevent scratches on your car. Add other small packages to utilize space but also to prevent the bike from moving a lot.
If you own a truck, you can just put it in the back but make sure you secure it firmly to prevent movements.
Use a carrier
A better option if not the best is to use the carrier at the rear of your car. Secure the bike tightly. This will prevent it from falling and damaging it. It can also prevent the wayward teens en route from ‘buying’ themselves a Christmas gift. A cover can be useful in case the weather becomes unfavorable.
To some people, all of the above ways are too much for them, or they do not have the time or equipment to facilitate the move. Hiring removalists to deal with the stress is an easier option so consider this an option too.