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How to ship a bike, and roughly how much dough?(12 posts)

How to ship a bike, and roughly how much dough?rightsaidfred
Dec 8, 2002 11:58 AM
Any good instructions for a newbie to ship a bike, and how much does it usually cost (roughly)?.

re: How to ship a bike, and roughly how much dough?Rusty Coggs
Dec 8, 2002 12:29 PM
Pack it well and insure it better.How much depends on distance, weight and type of transport.UPS gets no more of my business. So far,FED EX has been ok.
But _how_ to pack?rightsaidfred
Dec 8, 2002 12:37 PM
How do you pack it? What box do you get? What padding? Do you disassemble? If so, How? (I said I was a newbie, after all).

Distance is LA to Tucson (one state).
Here's a picture. . .js5280
Dec 8, 2002 1:46 PM
Just remove the seat/seat tube, remove the bars from the stem (no need to disconnect cables, rotate stem 180 degree if needed, make sure there is something between the dropouts so that if it's crushed your forks will be protected.
Box size, price. . .js5280
Dec 8, 2002 1:53 PM
One very important thing, make sure the bike box meets a shipper's dimension requirements, many don't. See UPS, Fed Ex, etc. websites for their maximum sizes. You may need to cut the box down a little if it's too big. My friend shipped through a Pak Express, they helped on modifying the box and have the right tools to do a good job e.g. heavy duty tape and stapler. Didn't cost any extra, they were very helpful. Total cost about $40 plus another $5-10 for $1000 insurance.
But _how_ to pack?Rusty Coggs
Dec 8, 2002 5:05 PM
You can get used bike shipping boxes from LBS.They come sized acording to bike size,so if you have a tall frame,you will habe to be sure to get a big(tall) enough box.What you pack it with is your option.Lots of possibilities from free stuff you can scrounge or improvise to store bought.
re: How to ship a bike, and roughly how much dough?abelson
Dec 8, 2002 2:06 PM
To protect your frame get some pipe insulation (its real cheap at the hardware store) and put it around your tubes
re: How to ship a bike, and roughly how much dough?Steve Bailey
Dec 8, 2002 2:45 PM
Check out this site:

There's a good bit of info. on both how to pack and how to ship it.

I had good luck over the years with UPS, but was very careful packing (I wrote an article on the website above).

I also never used FedEx as they were not (at the time) as cheap as UPS, mostly dealing with overnight and 2 day stuff. They've since expanded to a cheaper service that is as good as UPS.

BIG NOTE - insure the hell out of it !

Steve Bailey
Oh Yeah - the priceSteve Bailey
Dec 8, 2002 2:47 PM
I used to pay about $25 - $30 or so from NY to New Mexico, a typical 5 day trip. The bike, plus assorted gear usually ran about 25-30 lbs, plus insurance valued at $2500.

UPS is supposed to pay more attention and take special care on items insured over a certain amount.

Ship in two boxes via USPS!!!GeoCyclist
Dec 9, 2002 1:27 AM
I just received a bike via the USPS priority mail. The bike shop sent my bike in two boxes; frame, bar, seat in one box and wheels in the second. The shop did an expert packing job, and my bike travelled from Little Rock to Los Angles via the USPS and then LA to Japan via the US APO mail system. All in seven days and with NO damage. Insured for $5500.00 and with total mailing cost of $110.00 (including insurance). Check out the packing job. They pulled rear derailer off, seat out, bar off, turned the stem, and tie rapped the frame and parts to one piece of cardboard before putting it into a box. Frame box was under 108". The wheels were mailed in a normal box used for shipping bicycle wheels. Pretty slick!
re:Ship in two boxes via USPS!!!gregario
Dec 9, 2002 6:32 AM
was this from competitive
re:Ship in two boxes via USPS!!!GeoCyclist
Dec 9, 2002 5:06 PM
Yes! Great service, competitive price, and very knowledgeable.