Bike Part Packaging & You


Salsa is taking a look at our packaging and we have a few goals:

Minimize the environmental costs by using minimal packaging, recycled materials, and recycleable materials when possible.

Obviously the packaging needs to accomplish a few other things as well:

Protect the product during shipping, sufficiently and efficiently brand the product, and possibly provide for efficient display of the product on the sales floor.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on bike part packaging. Please identify whether you are a consumer or bike dealer and shop staff.

I don’t want to lead your comments so I will just say be as specific as you like.

Thanks in advance for your input.

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Mike Riemer

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 Matt |

I like cardboard and/or PET clear plastic packaging where the packaging is minimized and the clear plastic and cardboard is explicitly marked as recyclable. <BR><BR>If the item is meant for the display case, make sure it looks good in it the packaging

 Daniel |

I recetly purchased a casserole and the right rear dropout was squished despite the plastic spacer and packaging… so whatever you do to reduce the env. impact, make sure the frames survive.<BR><BR>As an aside, I haven’t tried to fix it/have it fixed but I don’t *think* it will be a problem.

 Kid Riemer |

Daniel, <BR><BR>I’m not sure if you work at a shop or not. If you don’t, take the damaged Casseroll frame to the shop you purchased it through and ask them to help in re-alligning it. Ask the shop to contact Salsa and Salsa will cover the cost of that work.<BR><BR>Sorry that the Casseroll got damaged in shipping. Those rear triangle spacers are the standard in the industry and there usually aren’t problems, although different spacers fit better in some frames than others.<BR><BR>We will take a look here to make sure that it will not become a frequent issue.<BR><BR>Thanks for bringing it to our attention.<BR><BR>-Kid

 pete |

Skewers- I like how they are packaged.<BR>Stem- Don’t think it needs a box, but not sure what to tell you to do.<BR>Bars- Mine came wrapped in a plastic bag, if it is recyclable, cool.<BR>Lip Lock Collar- Every time I have got one of these they have never been on the backing, they just rip off.  Not sure here either. <BR><BR>I am a consumer and glad to hear you are looking into this.

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 Big John |

I agree with Pete as far as Skewer packaging goes. What if you took that concept to handle bars, stems, and other products. Use just enough cardboard(recyclable) to display the item. For me there is nothing more annoying then a product that gets drowned in it’s own packaging. As far as frames go I think you folks are doing a great job. They never seem overly packaged and have yet to see a frame arrive damaged to our shop. It’s good to see Salsa making steps to make the bike industry a more earth friendly and sustainable one.<BR><BR>Full marks!

 Guitar Ted |

Kid: Shop rat here. I agree on the skewers and let’s add the seatposts in there. Great packaging, as far as I’m concerned. On the stems, well,you could zip tie them to a simple cardboard backing like some others are doing. Shows off the stem while on the sales floor, but it isn’t too cool to ship that way, I’m sure. Less cardboard, but hey! Gotta get the product there looking good first. That’s a toughy. <BR><BR>The few frames we have had come through were competently packed and looked great. <BR><BR>Great to see you are tackling this tough problem.

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 John |

Avoid the plastic clamshell at all cost. Nice quality paper based packaging usually looks classier than plastic IMHO. The SUL stem I got a few years ago came in a very nice but totally unnecessary bag. Thanks for taking input, most companies don’t put this much thought into it.

 ezdozit |

I recently received a SUL stem from you folks and was impressed with the triangular shape of the cardboard container…both from a design standpoint and environmental standpoint. Fits a traditional quill stem so well, I resued it to send my old stem out to the purchaser on craigslist. Another seller sent me his non Salsa branded stem in a Salsa triangular carboard box. I use it to store an old Ringle stem in. I guess recycling can take many forms: whether it can be sent to a recycling palnt for reuse in another form, or if an item in it’s current iteration can be reused. For myself, the later holds true with your stem packaging.

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 Ernesto |

get some Ernesto Lube to cure your environmental blues.

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