The complexities of packing a fat bike

I knew that packing up these suckers wouldn’t be easy. Thankfully, I’d had them shipped from out west from Chris at Wheel Life Cyclery and we got a few ideas from his creative packing. Unlike regular bikes, these burly machines won’t fit into regular bike boxes. Instead, we packed the frames and our gear into two bike boxes as seen below. 

The wheels became a bigger dilemma as we couldn’t find any boxes the right size. We cushioned the discs, cassettes, and axles with as much packing material as we could get our hands on. Gina came up with the idea to pack our wheels into collapsed boxes with extra cardboard reinforcement.

The box she’s holding is essentially two collapsed boxes taped together, one wheel in each. It’s fairly ridgid and will hopefully keep the wheels safe until we can build them up again in Mexico. We would be keen to hear about what others have done in this situation, what other ideas have you come up with?


2 thoughts on “The complexities of packing a fat bike

  1. Hey, hope y’all are still active ! Came here after searching for packing fat bike into two boxes as I’m having a lot of trouble finding a box big enough in my country. I don’t quite follow what you did and just curious if over your travels you came up with any other ideas.

    Did you pack the frame in one box and the wheels in a separate box? Or did you combine two boxes into one larger box (an idea I’m playing around with currently).

    • Hey Calder,
      yes, we are still alive and occasionally active on here – sorry for the little late reply! Maybe this post can help a little?
      When I flew back with my bike (Dan sold his bike at the end of the trip), I managed to fit it all in one box; I just bought the biggest box they had down there (I don’t remember the dimensions). I moved the handlebars parallel to the frame, took the pedals and crank arms off, took the wheels off and placed them next to the frame… it all somehow fit… sorry I can’t be of more help! Good luck!

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