5 Easy Steps For Shipping An Exercise Bike
What makes stationary bikes so hard to ship is that they can’t be easily broken down. This coupled with the fact that it usually takes specific tools to disassemble them can make packing somewhat of a nightmare. This step-by-step guide will make the process easier and less time-consuming. We will also discuss how to select a shipper.
Step 1: Clean It
Inspect each part of the bike and make sure it is free of debris. Thoroughly wipe down the areas that contain dust or dirt. This ensures that the packing process is not messy, then you need take time to clean your bike.
Step 2: Take Pictures
Take pictures of the bike from each angle. These images will act as a visual aid during the reassembly process. They will also ensure that you’re able to identify any damages that may have occurred to the bike during the shipping process.
Step 3: Remove Protruding Parts
Remove the parts of the bike that stick out. Use the manual for help with this part of the of the process. Parts for your pedals, handlebars, control panels, and all other removable accessories should be individually wrapped and put in plastic bags. It helps if you separate them into categories, place them in small boxes and then label each of your packaging supplies. Electronic components are more likely to experience damage so they should be placed in shipping boxes that are heavy-duty and power cords secure be secured to the frame. The bike frame can be shipped as is — legs included.
Step 4: Cover the Frame
Use a blanket or plastic shroud to cover the frame. This ensures that it is less susceptible to damage. It also shields it from all possible contaminants.
Step 5: Move the Bike to Staging
Place your bike in a place where shippers can easily pick it up, such as a garage.
Keep in mind that stationary bikes can be heavy, so it’s a good idea to have more than one adult around to help with moving it. Watch out for walls and doorframes.
Selecting a Shipper
LTL, or less-than-truckload, carriers are most known for handling materials such as chemicals and hazardous materials. However, there are some who specialize in moving handles that are considered hard-to-handle — specifically those associated with the household. And this is what makes LTL an ideal solution. Unlike parcel shipment, LTL has the tools and equipment to handle your bike. And this helps to decrease the risk of damage.
Another great way to ensure less damage and lower costs is to choose a carrier who actually frequents your area. And the great thing about it is, your bile will likely arrive faster. The less a carrier frequents the area, the longer it will take to receive your bike.
Before making your final decision, there are at least 4 things to consider. What is their track record? Are customers satisfied? Do they make their deliveries in a timely fashion? Does the carrier have a lot of claims against it? The easiest ways to get these answers is by visiting the company websites, checking with the BBB, and searching online for customer reviews. Note: make sure you have an ample amount of insurance coverage on your bike — either by the carrier or through a third party. And keep an eye out for hidden fees.