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packing instructions

One of the biggest questions folks usually have when talking about getting their bikes fitted with S&S couplers is how does it all fit in the case. Well we recently packed up a rather large (61cm) rando bike into it's case. The entire bike with front rack, 700c wheels, and full fenders went in without much fuss. Didn't even have to remove the fork from the frame. You will need a few basic tools for the job, but they will all easily fit in the case with the bike: An S&S pedal wrench/hook spanner tool, a set of allen keys and possibly a box wrench or two depending on what kind of hardware your bike uses, and a mini pump. All stuff you would probably carry with you on a long ride anyway. 

So we're putting this up here as reference material (and even breaking from our usually format, so the pictures will be larger...). Usually there's one best way to pack up a bike. You follow the same sequence each time and it will always work. The first couple of times that you do it, it will be kind of a pain in the ass (just like learning any new thing). But after you do it a few times it'll be a lot easier, you probably wouldn't even need to refer to the pics.  

We here at Bantam Bicyles are happy to share this information. We are also happy to put couplers into you bike, whether it be a new custom bike from us or retrofitting your existing bike. We love opening up the entire world as a possible place to travel with and on your bicycle.  

 Front end first. 

Front end first. 

 Then all the bits and bobs: pedals, skewers, tools, bottle cages, front rack, etc... 

Then all the bits and bobs: pedals, skewers, tools, bottle cages, front rack, etc... 

 Rear wheel, cassette side down, tire deflated. Don't forget to remove the skewers, won't work otherwise. 

Rear wheel, cassette side down, tire deflated. Don't forget to remove the skewers, won't work otherwise. 

 The rear half next. On larger bikes you may have to remove the rear derailleur.  

The rear half next. On larger bikes you may have to remove the rear derailleur.  

 Tuck in the saddle and seat post.  

Tuck in the saddle and seat post.  

 Carefully wiggle in the handlebars. 

Carefully wiggle in the handlebars. 

 Fenders next.  

Fenders next.  

 And lastly the rear wheel. It usually easier to insert the wheel into the lid of the case before closing it. It's kind of tight with with everything in there, but don't worry it'll fit. 

And lastly the rear wheel. It usually easier to insert the wheel into the lid of the case before closing it. It's kind of tight with with everything in there, but don't worry it'll fit. 

 Close it up and you're ready to travel!!! 

Close it up and you're ready to travel!!!