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Anyone in Canada Ordered From
Apr 4, 2003 5:08 AM
I'm thinking of ordering shoes and pedals form Total Cycling in
Ireland. Anyone in Canada use them before?

If so any idea of what duties and taxes are?

I know their shipping charges are 16 pounds.

If you get shoes and pedals is there 1 shipping charge or 16 pounds
per item?

Shipping is crazy expensive!Spunout
Apr 4, 2003 8:28 AM
Try bitz4bikes on EBay, they have a store there but call them direct.

They have a special right now, if you order shoes and pedals the air freight is free. I have dealt with them and their business is very good and legit. Service is excellent.
Shipping is crazy expensive!BaadDawg
Apr 4, 2003 10:51 AM
Where do you live?

Have you tried Totalcycling?
Correction on the expensive shipping (USD not Sterling).......Spunout
Apr 4, 2003 10:59 AM
Ottawa. I haven't tried totalcycling.

Okay, I just checked out the site. It is $16 USD for shipping, not sterling. Whew!

That deal for Sidis and Looks is good, thats for sure! I did compare, and totalcycling does have the best deal going right now. SDEALs is another. Others on this site have had good luck with totalcycling.
re: Anyone in Canada Ordered From
Apr 4, 2003 12:56 PM
I live in Toronto and have avoided shipping anything to Canada. Ony order that does not use USPS (i.e Fedex, DHL,UPS) those guys charge a handling fee that can be $20-50. I have had friends order a book from Apple in the US and be charged $20 handling fee. I am sure Totalcycling ships DHL so you will be charged the handling fee, GST on the order and customs on the order.
How have I avoided all the charges? I ship to friends or family in the states and then have them mail me the invoice/receipt/ warrenty and ship me the product in a shoebox.
In the past week I have orded MTb tires from Performance, Rudy Project glases from Ebay and a Polar S210 from a store off the net. It's all being shipped to my mother in LA and then I have to wait for her to ship it all accross the country to me. I might only get the stuff at the end of the month. With this weather, I won't need the stuff any time soon. My Total cycling Sidi shoes were shipped to NY, I had to wait a month to finaly receive them, but the $100 I saved was worht it.
Please post the handling and duties you pay for your stuff.
I need to find someone who lives in Buffalo.
re: Anyone in Canada Ordered From
Apr 4, 2003 1:55 PM
Has your shoebox stuff ever been inspected? How do they send it just regular post? Do they insure it? Sux we get nailed to hard in Canuck land.
re: Anyone in Canada Ordered From
Apr 4, 2003 2:31 PM
I have been lucky the shoe box has never been opened. They wrap the box in a brown shipping paper. For insurance they just put minimal amount and say it's a gift. If the box is ever opened customs have no way to tell how much the stuff is worth.
We CDn's deff get screwed, no decent OLN. My next road bike will be from totalcycling/maestro, I plan to ship it to a family friend in NY and then drive 10hrs to pick it up. When you save $1000 on the frame it's worth it. One good thing living in Canada, I spend far less than I would living in the states. By visiting this site and Bicycling forum, there are so many deals we hear of, but are unable to buy because of the shipping.
Where did you get your bike from?
re: Anyone in Canada Ordered From
Apr 4, 2003 2:46 PM
I guess the down side of the shoe box deal non-insured is that if the box gets lost, you are totally f**ked.
hey TO riderFrith
Apr 5, 2003 6:53 AM
what do you think of this weather? Just when you thought it was over... Maybe I'll see you on the road this summer...What do you ride? Where do you ride?
re: Anyone in Canada Ordered From
Apr 4, 2003 8:24 PM
I've ordered from them a couple of times and it's worked out absolutely fine. I live in Vancouver and my stuff gets delivered via Purolator to my door in a bit over a week. The shipping is usually around 10 pounds, I believe.. As for handling fees, it's always been $6 + plus GST.. No duties or any other fees on top of that.. I usually get a bill from PBB for it in the mail about a month later for the GST and handling fee.. The shipping value is also usually on the low side..
re: Anyone in Canada Ordered From
Apr 5, 2003 9:36 AM
They say the 10 pounds shipping deal is if you use the Postal service (like express post with a tracking number).

The other method is DHL at 16 pounds, no mention on their site about Puralator. Puralator is linked to Canada Post so maybe that's what you used. How long ago did you order and how many times?

Customs says bike parts from England are duty rated at 16% plus GST and PST. Although many people say its hit or miss if you get nailed.
re: Anyone in Canada Ordered From
Apr 5, 2003 10:56 AM
I ordered a Fork and Stem from them in January or so.. It got sent out via Parcel Force and got delivered here via Puralator. I just assumed that Parcel Force didn't deliver in Canada so contracted Puralator for this. I don't know why they didn't use DHL.. For whatever reason I've never had to pay any duty when I bought from Totalcycling (I did with Parker-International) and there's no PST on bike parts in BC.. But anyways, it was no more expensive than buying from the States in terms of duty and customs. A bit pricier in terms of shipping, but faster and the prices more than made up for that..