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2008-05-20 11:55 AM

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Subject: What's the best way to ship a bike?

I'm trying to get my bike out to California. I don't why to buy a permanent bike shipping case or anything like that. I picked up a bike box from the local store and got everything packed up. I got a quote from UPS for about $100. Is there any cheaper methods?

What about bringing it on the plane with me? Is there any way to do that other than a carrying case?

Thanks for the help.

 



2008-05-20 12:25 PM
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Subject: RE: What's the best way to ship a bike?
Did you go to the UPS store or to one of their actual shipping centers? I ask because the retail stores normally have MUCH higher shipping costs.

Taking it on the plane is gonna run you at least $100 each way on the flight.

UPS Ground, FedEx Ground, DHL, USPS

Not much else out there.
2008-05-20 4:20 PM
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Subject: RE: What's the best way to ship a bike?
If you're not in a huge hurry for your bike to get there and can ship it ground it shouldn't cost that much. I sent mine with help of the LBS to/from Idaho last month and I think it cost me about $35 ea way. One shop used UPS and one shop Fed Ex; UPS may have been a bit cheaper. I think it took my bike 5 to 6 days ea way, VA to ID.
2008-05-20 4:45 PM
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Subject: RE: What's the best way to ship a bike?
I took my bike to a local bike store once I sold my old bike on ebay. They packed it for $35 and sent it from Michigan to Florida for $45 via UPS Ground. UPS Ground on ebay estimated it at $100...???
2008-05-20 6:29 PM
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Subject: RE: What's the best way to ship a bike?

Okay, so you say you don't want to get a permanent bike shipping case...but do you LIKE your bike?  Seriously?  Shipping it in a defenseless cardboard box?  Crazy.

If you insist on using the cardboard box, put at least $1000 in insurance on the thing.  The higher the insurance gets, the nicer they are to the package.

CONUS shipping shouldn't be $100...My bike in it's big plastic bike case shipped across country for less than that.  Check out DHL...their rates are pretty competitive.  DHL even picked my bike up from my front door for no extra charge.  You can go to DHL or FedEX or UPS webistes and put in the package weight/dimensions/origin/destination and get shipping estimates and even print out a mailing label and then have them pick it up.  This avoids the dreaded stores which jackup the prices.

Also, if you keep the box under 130 inches (length plus 2xHeight and 2xwidth where length is the longest dimension) and under 70 lbs, you can ship it via the USPS.  But definitely use a plastic box for that...

I have shipped my bike all over the world...multiple stateside trips, Alaska, Qatar, etc. etc.  Invest in the plastic bike box.  Your bike will thank you....

2008-05-20 6:39 PM
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Subject: RE: What's the best way to ship a bike?

Thanks for all the info. I know, a permanent carry box would be perfect, but it's not in the budget right now.

I estimated the price on line with the big 3: Fedex, UPS, and DHL. UPS was the cheapest by a couple of bucks, so I took it down there and got it done for about $67. I did put insurance on it though, so at least that's covered. I'll probably try one of the local shops out there when I go to send it back.

Thanks again for the info.

 



2008-05-20 6:54 PM
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Subject: RE: What's the best way to ship a bike?

I have never shipped, but when I considered it once, I found this:

http://www.shipbikes.com/

Also, there is a LBS that I go to that rents travel cases (the GOOD ones!) for $5 a day AND they offer shipping services.  You may want to check into some of your local shops and see if they offer the same services.

2008-05-20 8:01 PM
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Subject: RE: What's the best way to ship a bike?
jjweav - 2008-05-20 4:39 PM

I estimated the price on line with the big 3: Fedex, UPS, and DHL. UPS was the cheapest by a couple of bucks, so I took it down there and got it done for about $67.

I found the same thing when I shipped my bike a couple weeks ago and went with UPS as well. Significantly cheaper than what Delta is wanting for a second checked bag + overweight bag + oversize bag.

I suppose it's too late for you if you haven't, but for anyone else reading this thread, make sure to set the big chain ring into a block of styrofoam or something for padding. I failed to do so and mine ended up bent, so I was running around town the day before my race trying to find a new one. I had no other problems with damage to the bike, I stuffed that cardboard box pretty full of old clothes for padding and it worked great. Hope your bike arrives in better shape than mine did!

2008-05-20 8:16 PM
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Subject: RE: What's the best way to ship a bike?
A tip for the future:

Check your local cycling/mtb forums for people who have a hard case and may rent it out for a week/weekend.

There are a couple poeple around Cracklanta who do that. They usually charge $50 or less. Totally worth it, IMO.
2008-05-22 8:22 AM
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Subject: RE: What's the best way to ship a bike?
Wife and I are headed to miami in November and they recommended this place.

http://www.swimbikeandrun.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=...

So pay 35 bucks per bike local to pack it up + shipping + 120/bike (they put bike back together, tune up and re-pack after event is over) + shipping back + lbs to put bikes back together and tune up.

Ouch, might be cheaper to drive to miami...
2011-04-20 2:55 PM
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Hey, there,

If you ship your bike often I do recommend a hard bike shipping case. This will protect your bike during shipping much better than a cardboard box. However if you are only shipping your bike once a cardboard box will do. For the best rates try Shipping Sidekick. I ship my medium-weight Klein from Maine to LA about once a month....It's usually about $35.

-Bob



2011-04-21 6:57 AM
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I just spent$100 with insurance to ship a frame. I'm done with the UPS store.I used to travel to bmx nationals, using hockey bags for the bike parts. Wheels and clothes in one bag, everything else in the other. The ticket agent used to ask what's in the bags, I could honestly tell them it's bike parts. They would then ask if either bag contained a complete bicycle, which neither did, so no extra charge.
2011-04-21 8:07 AM
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Subject: RE: What's the best way to ship a bike?
I don't think you need anything more than a cardboard bike box.  The likelyhood of shipping damage is pretty small.  Besides, what do you think the bikes get shipped to the shop in before they are sold to customers?  Sure a hardcase may offer a little more protection and a little more piece of mind...but to ship in a cardboard box isn't an off the wall idea.   

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2011-04-22 9:36 PM
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Subject: RE: What's the best way to ship a bike?

I've actually been looking into this as well.  I am having a bike made for me down in Texas and need to get it back up to NJ.  I want to drive down, but my wife isn't huge on that idea.

I've found these sites:

www.shipbikes.com

If you are actually going to an event, this might work:

www.tribiketransport.com

And I've looked into Amtrak, some trains actually have bike racks on them and you reserve a spot with your reservation.  I'm not sure the train from TX has them though.

Has anything new popped up in recent years?  I see this thread was started 3 years ago.

2011-04-22 11:16 PM
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Subject: RE: What's the best way to ship a bike?
jjweav - 2008-05-20 11:55 AM

I'm trying to get my bike out to California. I don't why to buy a permanent bike shipping case or anything like that. I picked up a bike box from the local store and got everything packed up. I got a quote from UPS for about $100. Is there any cheaper methods?

What about bringing it on the plane with me? Is there any way to do that other than a carrying case?

Thanks for the help.

Just as a note if the airline (after charging you insane amounts for carrying a bike) destroys your bike they will only pay you a maximum of something like $500.  UPS all the way.

My tri club rents bike boxes for $10/week or so.  Someplace to check for hard cases.

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