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You gotta magicJackie Chan
Sep 26, 2002 10:45 AM
I am selling my bike and looking for shipping prices. I read every time someone is selling bike :buyer pays for shipping $30 or $40. I called Fedex and USPS and got $143 and $96. What's up with that? Do you know something I don't know.
Call FedEx Ground not FedEx Express.Dave Hickey
Sep 26, 2002 10:56 AM
I work for one of the FedEx companies. FedEx Ground is much cheaper. You still have the tracking ability
Try this link......Dave Hickey
Sep 26, 2002 11:11 AM

It quoted me $21.95 for ground delivery from Dallas to Chicago
re: You gotta magicflying
Sep 26, 2002 10:58 AM
Send it in 2 boxes via the Postal Service.
USPS Priority Air is just as fast & way cheaper.
Usually you send the bike in 1 box & the wheels in another.
Just keep the main box under the size limit of the Large Box

""Large Package
Use for packages when the length of the longest side plus the distance around the thickest part is more than 84 inches and less than or equal to 108 inches.""
re: You gotta magicNo_sprint
Sep 26, 2002 11:03 AM
First of all, some knowledge will get you better rates. When you call them up, they probably activate some sort of *when in doubt, here is the most expensive rate* switch on their computers.

2nd, try shipping through someone who has a UPS account. If you go to the counter at UPS, Fedex, or USPS, they'll get out all their scales, measuring tapes, formulas, etc. to get you their most expensive oversized box rate.

My company has a corporate rate through UPS and ships thousands of boxes a day. In this case, the driver just picks whatever up, no matter how large. They probably let oversize things slide within reason.

Last time I shipped a frame/fork (not a whole bike) I got the box and all the tube protectors from the LBS for free, packed it expertly myself and I believe the actual shipping cost was $15 UPS ground. I would not recommend shipping an entire put together bike in one box. Simply take the wheels off and ship them separately. Take of the handlebars, even with the cables attached, turn them and pack them in.
re: You gotta magicB2
Sep 26, 2002 11:49 AM
I just shipped a whole bike (one box) from WA to CA via UPS Ground. The total cost was about $35 if I remember correctly. This was through a business account where I work if that matters.

re: You gotta magicgregario
Sep 26, 2002 12:09 PM
I've shipped four bikes to various parts of the country over the past few years and they've all cost between $35-40 including insurance via UPS Ground.