Monday 5th December 2011

Touring bike boxed up ready to fly
How not to pack a bike


Very good and productive day, booked flight to India before breakfast.

After breakfast it was off to the shops. Needed a big bag to put all my bags in so I only have two pieces of baggage, the other being the bike. Bubble wrap for the bike, gaffer tape and a box from a bike shop for the bike. Managed to source everything within an hour or two.

Just behind the Spice market there’s a warren of shops selling everything and anything you need, it’s just a case of finding the right shops they all seem to be grouped together. Kitchenware in one part, ironmongery in another and packing goods in another and so on. Very strange how you get a whole row of the same type of shop.

After getting everything it was back to the hotel to pack the bike up. Thought that maybe the bike would just go straight into the box with just the pedals removed and the handlebars turned. Not a chance, so I took the front wheel off, no still wouldn’t fit, front rack was next, then the front mud guard, still it wouldn’t fit in the box! Back wheel was next followed by the rear mud guard and rear rack. Finally it fitted into the box, in a thousand pieces! Don’t know if i’ll get it all back together though, I’m not mechanically minded but I’ll worry about that when I get to India.

I’ve only ever flown with a bike once before and that was earlier this year to Spain, that time I just got a huge plastic bag to put it in and only took the pedals off and turned the handle bars, a lot easier but I stressed out over it so much, funnily enough this time I’m not stressed at all, might be a different story when I get to India and I can’t get it back together again! All in the box eventually!

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