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ship a bike...(4 posts)

ship a bike...woodes
Mar 29, 2002 4:39 PM
I'm selling a bike and need to ship it. My LBS will pack it, do you have any recommendations as to the best way to ship (i.e., UPS, Fedex, USPS, etc???) thanks!
If it's a Trek then go postal. ; ) [nm]Ahimsa
Mar 29, 2002 6:26 PM
re: ship a bike...speedisgood
Mar 29, 2002 6:48 PM
IMHO, UPS is the cheapest of the 3. Fed Ex is pretty pricey even with their value saver level or whatever it's called since it's still 2nd day delivery. A friend works at Fed Ex and he shipped my bike from the midwest to California 2nd day and it was about $25 each way. That's WITH employee discount of 90%. It was packed in a hardcase and had clothes, tools, and other stuff packed in to make the weight around 65 lbs.

Check out the websites, I know you can estimate UPS shipping if you know the origin, destination, box dimensions and weight.

FWIW, I'd bet that they're all pretty darn rough with handling (Fed Ex managed to break off 1 of 4 locking tabs from his Performance bike case!) so pack the bike extra secure.

Good luck!
re: ship a bike...DaveG
Mar 30, 2002 7:06 AM
I've used both Fedex and UPS. The bikes got to their destination, but the amount of wear, tear and abuse was phenomenal. Make sure whatever you do that the bike is insured. I'd consider packing it myself, then you'll know for sure how well it was packed. Use a strong box, wrap everying, and fill voids with newspaper of other packing material. Tape all the seams. If you are really paranoid, take a couple of photos of the packing process for evidence if there's a claim later. As one paster already mentioned, UPS has a calculator on their site that will figure the cost.