My first rule is to have Jason handy, as he's the one with the patience for the finicky jobs. My second rule is to have a good bike box. We've had several in the past, both hard shell and soft shell. Our current ones are soft cases with a metal frame - nice and solid but can pack a lot of stuff in them if need be.
|Humu would love to join us!|
The bikes need to be prepped - remove saddle/seatpost, pedals, stem so the bars can be positioned in the box. I also try to cover the entire frame with pipe insulation or bubble wrap. The boxes are always opened by the TSA in US airports, so I want to make sure the frame is nicely protected when they're rooting around looking for whatever it is they're looking for. Another super-important piece is removing the rear derailleur and using a travel skewer in between the rear drop-outs. I suspect airports hire monsters to jump on bike boxes, so you want to make sure that any fragile areas are as protected as possible.
|Removing the pedals.|
|Marking the seat post - important so you don't have to fiddle with adjusting the|
seat height over and over when you build the bike up again.
|Travel skewer in place.|
|Loaded up with gear.|
|Last step - wheels!|
|Ready to go!|