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Shipping a bike? Who's the best?(13 posts)

Shipping a bike? Who's the best?crestlinefarm
May 6, 2003 10:15 AM
I have to get a bike from Chicago to Seattle, what's the best company to use? FedEx? UPS? USPS? Other ideas?
I already have it boxed and ready to go, but no one will quote me rates as the box is "oversized".
try going through your LBS; might be much cheaper nmDougSloan
May 6, 2003 10:26 AM
UPS Cust Center should be fine. Avoid Mailboxes Etc...Fez
May 6, 2003 10:58 AM
Mailboxes Etc in my area ships thru UPS. They tack on a little extra to make money, but I guess it is fine, for the convenience of not having to go to the UPS Cust Center or wait in line at the post office.

On larger packages, it is more than double of what you would pay at UPS. Ask me how I know. I think it cost me nearly $80 to send a bike that was already boxed at Mailboxes Etc. When I went to UPS for the same sized bike box, it cost less than $28.
Correct me if I'm wrongMel Erickson
May 6, 2003 11:22 AM
I think UPS bought Mailboxes Etc. See this MBE blurb. http://www.mbe.com/ambe/prpr_040703.html
All MBE stores will be rebranded as The UPS Store. Wonder what that will do to their pricing structure?
UPS...MrDan
May 6, 2003 12:03 PM
Obviously they found that enough business flowed to them through MBE, that this was an easy way to increase their POP and decrease competitors shares through MBE... I imagine the MBE used others besides UPS.

On another note, had a bike box shipped to me (frame only) via USPS recently and I think it was less than $25.00
-D
I called MailboxesPaulCL
May 6, 2003 12:16 PM
Because I am going to Colorado in 7 weeks and trying to decide ship vs. fly the bike.

Here goes...from MBE (now UPS store) my Trico case, weighing in at about 45lbs (bike 17lbs, case:??), with exact dimensions is $47.60 to ship from Cincinnati to Denver. Insurance: automatically insured for $100. Up the insurance to $4000, the total cost is now over $106.

Choice #2: I called my LBS. They will box it and ship it for about $50 which I assume does not include insurance

My conclusion: fly it on Delta. Its' cheaper and the bike arrives the same time I do.
Comments about bringing it with youkermit
May 6, 2003 12:32 PM
Insurance for $4000 eh?! What kind of bike do you have?

You may want to check with the airline regarding insurance for the bike. I believe most carriers slap a maximum value that they're liable for on luggage that is well below the $4k mark. It is possible for your bike or case to be damaged by the airline.

This next comment is based completely on rumors and heresay. Feel free to chime in if you have experience with this. I've heard that if the airline damages your bike case they will not cover damages as it is considered the exterior package/container for the contents (ie. your bike)bike. To avid this problem, slide your case into a standard cardboard bike box. The cardboard box is now the "container" for the contents (bike case and bike).

kermit
Comments about bringing it with youPaulCL
May 7, 2003 5:19 PM
The bike: Ti Colnago with Campy Record. $4000?? probably not, but I'm sure it would be a $3500 replacement.

The airlines automatically insure for $1000, and for an extra couple bucks, up to $2500. This is as of August of 2001 - the last time I flew.

Not a bad idea on the cardboard box. Paul
re: Shipping a bike? Who's the best?Zogpound
May 6, 2003 12:08 PM
I've done this several time through UPS. Sign up for the online shipping. You can pay with a credit card and print the labels right at home or work. Then just drop it at any UPS counter. It really works great.
With the oversize they have charged me at the 70lbs rate. even thou the package is half that. Usually about $40 bucks depending on the destination.
Last time I shipped (from Ohio to Seattle) FedEx quoted $29 bucks but their website was a hassle.

Good Luck

PS: If your selling COD make sure to get a cashiers check or Money Order. UPS lost one of mine. Took 4 months to get paid.
IMBA and LAB members bikes fly freepitt83
May 6, 2003 3:07 PM
There are certain restictions; I think you have to buy airline tickets from their preferred vendors, but it would easily pay for a membership you may already have. Certainly cheaper if you're already travelling.
Sort OfStewartK
May 7, 2003 7:17 AM
I don't know about IMBA, but currently the League of American Bicyclists only has a deal with America West and Frontier (all of the airlines pulled back on their previous deals). If you can't fly one of those two airlines to your destination you'll have to pay.

I'm not knocking LAB, I think they're a good organization and I am a member. Just wanted to clarify the situation.
Thanks for the Clarificationpitt83
May 7, 2003 7:39 AM
I knew it was sketchy, but possible sometimes.
Fedex GROUND is usually cheaper.High Gear
May 6, 2003 4:58 PM
You can go to the web site and put in the package dimensions and get a shipping price. You can mess with the box size on the site and find the point when it jumps big time in price. If your having problems with an oversize box, you may want to put it in two boxes. I just shipped a frame Fedex Ground to a few states away and it was only $11.50!