The front fork is an important component of a bicycle as it holds the front wheel and is attached to the handlebars, allowing the user to steer the bike in different directions. Thus, the front fork must always be in excellent condition for optimum performance as well as the safety of the biker.
To ensure that your bike part arrives intact and damage free to its destination, here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship a bike fork.
Your bike fork’s first line of defense against damage during shipping is its container. Use a sturdy cardboard box that is large enough to ccommodate the item and provide extra space for packing materials. You can get fork boxes from bicycle shops in your area for free or minimal fee. Alternativeley, you can just cut to size a large box so that the item will fit snugly. You can also get free priority mail boxes from the post office and merge two together to accommodate your good.
Wrap the bike fork in several layers of bubble wrap before placing it in the box with a layer of packing materials such as crumpled newspaper, packing peanuts or bubble wrap, on the bottom. Make sure that all ends of the fork are well padded so they will not bore holes and damage the box during transit. Then, fill any remaining empty spaces inside the box with more packing materials, rendering the bubble wrapped front fork immobile in the center of the package.
Close and seal the box with heavy duty packaging tape. Add address and labels and take to your local post office or shipping company.