How to fit a road bike into a dhb Elsted bike box

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The bike box, empty. It's like standing at the foot of Everest.

The bike box, empty. It's like standing at the foot of Everest.

Having read a number of accounts on the web about how it’s impossible to fit a bike into a dhb Elsted bike box, and refusing to believe this was true, I fought a long, hard battle to prove it can be done.

Follow the 10 easy steps:

  1. Dismantle the bike: remove handlebar, pedals, seatpost, rear mech.
  2. Place wheels in padded cases provided – removing the skewers first!
  3. Lie the rear wheel flat in one end of the box, cassette pointing outwards.
  4. Lie the frame in the box, rotating the forks 90 degrees so they face up (see images). The cranks should point skywards / towards the top of the case when stood up.
  5. Place a plastic wedge-thingy between the rear stays to keep them from straining the frame (bike shops can usually give you a set).
  6. Place one padded foam block beneath the seat clamp, the other above the big ring.
  7. Fasten the strap across the box contents.
  8. Lie the front wheel over the frame, the opposite end to where you put the rear wheel. 
  9. Wrap the rear mech and place any other bits (pedals, seatpost/saddle, skewers) in the box. 
  10. Close the case.

Step 10 is clearly much easier said than done. Don’t force it, or sit on it – just squeeze it closed, ensuring nothing gets caught in the process, and close the clasps one by one.

All in. Note position of handlebars.

All in. Note position of handlebars.

It is in there - honest!

It is in there - honest!

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