Packing up the bike to ship it to Buffalo June 20, 2019gtdearthlink Originally, I was going to drive up and back to Buffalo and take the bike with me. Plans changed and I decided to fly which meant shipping the bike to and from Buffalo, and getting a bunk at a hostel for the day I arrive and the night before I leave to go back home. I decided to use Bikeflights to arrange the shipping. I bought their purpose built bike box to ship the bike in. They have great videos which show how to put the box together – took me less than half an hour. Then even more videos which show how to take the bike apart and pack it – this is the frame with padding added to protect it. The Bikeflights box also has mounting holes in it and custom bungies to secure the bike parts to the box so they don’t move around during shipping. The wheels and tires are pretty big. I really needed to unmount the brake discs before shipping, but none of my hex tools fit the bolts. I even went to Lowes and bought two sets, and none of those fit either. It all fit in the box – just barely! Here is the box closed up with the bike in it – all ready to ship! Took it to the local UPS Store this morning – it should be in Buffalo by the 28th. I had it shipped to the local bike shop up there, and they will unbox it , put it back together, and then tune it for the ride. I will pick it up hopefully on my arrival in Buffalo on the 5th of July.