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How to transport an unusable bike AND a set of wheels without a car?

"Ghost ride": Borrow a good bike (if needed). Ride on the good bike, while pulling the incomplete one alongside you by holding its stem. Your secondary hand sits on the second bike's stem ...
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How to Carry My Large Step Through Bike Down Stairs?

Your bike has a tiny top-tube which is level and would make a great handle. One method is to stand by the left-side of teh bike (so you're away from the potentially oily chain) and bend at the knees. ...
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How to transport an unusable bike AND a set of wheels without a car?

This is how I did it once: Needed three straps. Two of them where used to improvise shoulder straps so I carried the bike simulating a backpack. The third strap was to stabilize the handlebar so it ...
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Transporting School Children / Bigger Cargo Bikes or Trailers

Maybe a FollowMe for the oldest? At 8 years they should be close to riding 7km under their own power, but the FollowMe would still give a backup option in case they run out of energy or you are under ...
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How to carry a bike box from the start to end of the trip?

Some possibilities: Some searching suggests there's at least one bike shop in Leh. You could call ahead and get them to save a suitable bike box for you. You could scrounge some suitably big pieces ...
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How do I remove the axle protector after shipping

After growing somewhat impatient, I grew a pair, set the fork (protected by the guard) on the ground, set my foot on the protector, and pulled up on the legs as hard as I could. It came off, but as a ...
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How to transport an unusable bike AND a set of wheels without a car?

If you have only the one bike, and no other transport, then you're going to be walking. If the bike has working wheels then it can roll and all you do is hold it by the stem while walking. Mind out ...
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Minimalist setup for a "travelling bike mechanic"?

I'd be very tempted to make a tool roll. You'll need access to a sewing machine that can handle 2-3 layers of canvas, but even most home machines will do that if you're careful (and buy a canvas ...
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Preventing staining of clothes when carrying bike

It might be a facetious answer on the face, but seriously - why are you carrying your bike at all? Do carry a working mini-tube, pump, two tyre levers and whatever you need to get the wheel completely ...
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What criteria should a cyclist consider when shopping for a car, partly to transport bikes to trails?

I'd say the most important thing is you need a hatchback. This is not good: This is better If you take the wheels and saddle off, pretty much any car of the second type will fit one bike. If the car ...
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Packing bikes to send overseas

I'd suggest using a bike box (there are reusable ones sold and cardboard ones similar to the type of cardboard box that a new bike comes in). A bike shop should be willing to part with a box that a ...
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Solutions for transporting a unicycle by bike

For weird shapes like this, I sometimes use a tramping pack (hiking pack) For a road wheel I'd use two reusable velcro cable straps to secure the top of the rim to each shoulder strap on the pack, and ...
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How to effectively hitch a bicycle with a scooter?

No, no, no. Just no. Two kilometers is only a half-hour walk. That's hardly a big deal. Why risk injuring or even killing yourself to save what can't be more than 15 minutes by the time you've called ...
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How much does a typical cardboard bike box weigh?

A bike box measuring 51.5" x 7.5” x 32" (130.8 x 19 x 81 cm) weighs 7.3 pounds (3.3kg). As weighed on digital platform scale with accuracy to 0.05 pounds (22.7 grams).
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Can I move one bike with a second bike with a QR and carrier-rack attachment?

Would not recommend I have tried this - and it works well up to where it all went badly wrong. So I had an old front wheel hollow axle with a QR skewer through it. There were two locknuts and two ...
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Can a regular diamond frame bike be packed to fit as standard airline carry-on luggage?

You are correct that bike wheels are the dealbreaker—even if you could get the frame down to carry-on size, you won't get the wheels that small (although people have tried making collapsible bike ...
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Transporting School Children / Bigger Cargo Bikes or Trailers

Check out a Babboe Max-E. It's a larger cargo bike that will seat up to 6, and it's electric so you can truly go 7km without your legs catching on fire. https://www.babboe.co.uk/babboe-max-e
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How to Carry My Large Step Through Bike Down Stairs?

I agree with Hursey that the best option is to manoeuvre the bike completely on the back wheel. This can actually work well even with very heavy bikes, as long as they don't have a long rear fender. ...
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What is the name of bike fork spacer for shipping a bike frame?

"bicycle dummy axle" or hub get good results in a search engine, including Park's DH-1. Because of course Park has a tool for that. Depending on how tightly you need to pack the bike, there ...
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Minimalist setup for a "travelling bike mechanic"?

There are a number of options, and this partly depends on how thorough a kit you need to carry with you. (i.e everything for every job, or a typical mechanic's pit kit) The best traveling tool kit I'...
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Minimalist setup for a "travelling bike mechanic"?

I can't imagine a backpack being a good place for tools in the long run. The lack of structure would drive me bonkers- it'd be so easy to keep losing those little bits in all the cloth folds and seams....
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Bike travel bags, hard cases, and homemade bags

If you travel regularly, buy a decent, high quality hard shell or accept your bike will be damaged. Even with the very best case, your bike could be damaged - either accept it as a cost of travel, or ...
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Do I need to protect my bike from jostling around if I put it under the bus?

With other items sliding around I'd suggest a case where you don't need to take the bike fully apart to pack it. I think there are some you can just take the front wheel off of and pack it. If you can'...
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Are thru axles enough protection for transporting a bike?

No - does your through-axle have shoulders to stop the bike being compressed from the side? If it did, then the axle wouldn't go into its hole. You're better off using a well-sized block of wood ...
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Hydraulic disc brakes transportation

The risk is that you'll need to spread the pads before you can re-insert the wheels. You can get disc-brake spacers to keep the pads separate for transport, and I recommend using them.
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Transporting School Children / Bigger Cargo Bikes or Trailers

You may struggle with trailers - my daughter lasted longer on a rear seat than in a trailer because she was too tall for the latter. The seat she used until 7 was a Bobike Junior Classic; you could ...
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Stem top bolt wouldn't screw in after transport

It sounds like your steerer plug dropped down slightly during transport. This would indicate it wasn't torqued sufficiently. This could be an issue of maintenance or it could have come from the ...
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What is the name of bike fork spacer for shipping a bike frame?

There isn't one unified name for them. Where I work in the PNW USA we pack bikes a lot and the approximate most common term for them is "fork block," but "fork spacer" or the more ...
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Protecting bikes from elements when traveling suspended on hitch bike rack

There are several companies that make covers for trailer hitched bikes. It's essentially a giant bag that's designed to cinch down over your bikes and rack. For a long trip like you are suggesting, ...
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Air transport of a MTB with hydraulic brakes

Tires on planes are a problem because they are pressurized above sea level atmospheric pressure. The pressure on a commercial airliner drops below that at sea level, so the pressure difference ...
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