Genius shows itself in the details. Having recieved a frame packed this way from Thomas my impression is that this is the ultimate way to pack a frame. Light, simple, easy to pack and unpack, takes most any abuse. You won´t find a better way.
impressed in Uppsala Sweden
> I've been experimenting with stuffing bike boxes with lengths of corrugated plastic landscaping water drain pipes. The pipe is about 6-7 inches in diameter, and comes in 10 ft lengths for $2.50 at Home Depot. I cut it into 7.5 inch lengths (a half inch bigger than the width of my box, because the pipe compresses a bit) and stuff that into the main frame openings. Two 10 ft lengths nicely fill up a frame box. Cuts way down on the amount of packing peanuts or crumpled newspaper to fill up the box. The corrugations also nestle up to the frame tubes (which are also padded, of course) and help keep the bike from shifting from side to side. I laid a packed bike box down on it's side and stood on the box, and it hardly compressed at all (Don't try this at home! It was a raggedy frame going to the painters!). Your milage of course, may vary. Works best with bare frames: built bikes might have too many parts intruding into spots you want to put tubes.
> Tom Adams, Shrewbury NJ