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How to disassemble and pack your bike to send it to the Camino de Santiago

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How to disassemble and pack your bike to send it to the Camino de Santiago

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03-05-2022

The Camino de Santiago by bicycle is an option that year after year is gaining followers. Having more freedom of movement, having more time to enjoy the route or having less physical wear and tear are some of the advantages of the bicigrinos.

On the other hand, one of the biggest concerns is the one that will be our travel companion: the bicycle.

Logistics can sometimes be a problem, as many modes of transportation such as bus or train limit the number of bikes that can be moved.

To try to make your Camino by bike easier, Correos has the Paq Bicicleta, which allows you to send your bike to the starting point or back at the end of the Camino de Santiago.

In addition to shipping and a 300 euro insurance that can be extended, the Paq Bicicleta includes an adapted packaging. It is a sustainable cardboard box with the following dimensions: 150 cm long, 30 cm wide and 90 cm high.

Despite the large dimensions of the box, to make your bike ride safer it is necessary to disassemble some parts. We know that throughout your life you have probably had to use tools and do some handyman work with your bike. However, there are a number of tips to help you pack your bike correctly.

Today we leave you with a simple guide on how to disassemble and pack your bike in 6 easy steps:

Step 1. Remove the front wheel and place a small piece of cardboard or plastic on the brake to prevent the pads from closing.

Cómo desmontar la bicicleta: quita la rueda delantera  

Step 2. Glue the pin to the wheel and protect the disc.

Cómo desmontar la bici: protege el disco

Step 3. Remove the handlebar and attach it to the fork.

Cómo desmontar la bici: desmonta el manillar

Step 4. Remove one pedal and attach it somehow to the bike so that it does not come out of the box.

Cómo desmontar la bici: quita el pedal

Step 5. Insert the bike into the box. Note that the box has an arrow indicating the direction in which the bike should go.

Cómo desmontar la bici: introdúcela en la caja

Step 6. Put the wheel in the box with the disc facing inwards. Separate it from the bike with cardboard.

If you follow all these steps, disassembling and packing the bike should not take more than 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure that the loose parts do not move to avoid scratching the frame. You can use cardboard for this purpose.

Along with these steps, there are other things to keep in mind when shipping your bike:

  • Remember that the maximum weight of the Paq Bicicleta is 20 kilos.
  • Remember to empty the water from the water bottle.
  • If you put your helmet and saddlebags in, make sure they are securely fastened.
  • If it is an international shipment, deflate the wheels a little. The air expands in height and they could end up exploding. In addition, avoid goods considered dangerous such as batteries, sprays, perfumes...

Remember that you can send your bike to the starting point of your Camino de Santiago or back at the end of it from any post office in Spain. And, if you do it from Santiago de Compostela, you have two points very close to the Cathedral:

  • Left luggage Service at Correos. Rúa do Franco, 4. Open every days (Saturday, Sunday and holidays included), from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Correos Office at Pilgrim's Office. Rúa Carretas, 33. Open every days (Saturday, Sunday and holidays included), from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

We hope that all these recommendations will help you to make your Camino de Santiago by bicycle. ¡Buen Camino!


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