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Bike Box dimensions?(8 posts)

Bike Box dimensions?Matno
May 28, 2003 1:02 PM
If I ship my bike using a box from the LBS, approximately what are the dimensions? I'm guessing weight will be around 35 lbs (for a ~20lb bike). Do the wheels fit in there too?

I need to get a basic idea of what it will cost me to ship via Fedex ground (which I'm pretty sure is the cheapest way to go). Thanks.

re: Bike Box dimensions?Rusty Coggs
May 28, 2003 5:34 PM
They vary depending on manufactruer and bike size.Wheels fit.
re: Bike Box dimensions?astrobiker
May 28, 2003 6:19 PM
I just shipped one for the first time - a couple of pointers:
- you can get the dimensions from one of the catalogues, they all seem to be the same
- drop the half inches on the dimensions, they put the box over FedEx and UPS size limits
- I found UPS to be a lot cheaper than FedEx
- Count on it weighing more like 60 pounds - box, bike, other gear you throw in (still under the weight limit)
- Tell UPS it is a "transit case". At one point I got a moron who insisted that I had to put my box into an outside cardboard box!
Maybe it depends on where you are...Matno
May 29, 2003 4:11 AM
Here in New York, Fedex has ALWAYS been significantly cheaper. I've shipped 2 wheelsets and a frame in the last year, and the price difference was about half. Using the dimensions that Nick listed above, Fedex is $38 vs $58 for UPS. Either way, it's painful. (That's assuming 35 pounds - I won't be throwing any extra gear in with the bike, and I'll be carrying some of the parts like pedals, seatpost, and saddle with me).

I was hoping to get a Fedex discount (my dad gets 75% off) but he's going to be out of town for the next 9 days...DOH! On the way back, however, my brother in law is shipping it for me, and he works for UPS, so that should help a little...
My 2 centsSprint-Nick
May 28, 2003 8:50 PM
A bike box should be in and around 10"x30"x48". Then fully totaled up with just a bike in there it is about 30-35 lbs.

I wrote in a response below the following instructions:
1) Take the seeatpost, front wheel and pedals off.
2) Either take undo the stem or handlebar... make sure you know how to put the headset back together. If you want take the front brake off to give a bit more room to move. Wrap everything hanging in cloth, newspaper, plastic bags to prevent scratches.
3) Put the frame with the back wheel into the bike box. Put a piece of cardboard beside the front half of the bike and put the front wheel on the other side. If its a narrow bike box you may with to take the skewer out too.
4) Wrap the pedals, seatpost and skewers in a plastic bad(s) and drop them in. If you want to put anything else in put it in as well but I'd recommend wrapping it in plastic bags just as insurance if anything happens.
5) Tape it up.

Theres little secrets like getting the plastic things that go on axles and forks when bikes come shipped to the bike shop but I wouldn't worry about it until you've flown a few times.

Then as for flying or shipping, my preference is to fly with my bike. At the most it costs about $50 US each way, you can ride your bike up to the night before you leave and you get the bike when you land so you can ride it once your unpacked. Its worth the bit extra money and seriously there are horror stories but I've flown quite a few times with teammates who have flown more than me and we've never had any horror stories. The worst was our bikes didn't arrive with us so we went to where we were staying and they were couriered to us a few hours later.

May 29, 2003 4:05 AM
I appreciate the detailed info.

As for flying with the bike, my main concern is insurance. If something were to happen to my bike in transit, I know that UPS and Fedex would cover the damage, whereas I know the airlines would give me enough to buy one new wheel... (My dad is an airline captain, and I know there's nothing I could do. They just don't accept liability for more than a couple hundred bucks). That would suck. Plus, I'll be getting picked up from the airport in a very small Saturn...

Oh, and Delta charges $80 each way for oversized baggage, according to their website. Ridiculous really. A while back, I flew with a gymnastics mat (you know, those big folding blue ones that every gym uses) that I packed in a bike box (which I had to extend no less). They asked me if it was a bike, and I said no, it's a gymnastics mat, then gave the box a good kick just to prove my point. They didn't charge me a cent...
Follow up...Matno
Jun 1, 2003 3:34 PM
I shipped with Fedex. Got a bike box from the local LBS that just barely fit the bike. It was 8x29x53" (I don't think a 48" box would have fit my 56cm frame), weighed 29lb (without saddle, seatpost, or pedals), and cost $33 from NY to UT. Not too shabby. Delta was going to charge me $80 each way. Ouch! Now, hopefully, it will arrive intact and on time...
May 29, 2003 5:01 AM
I forget the specifics, but UPS charges a LOT more if the box is considered 'oversized'. I believe that the box has to be smaller than 48" long, maybe even smaller than that. I once heard about some dimwit who shipped an intact bike that he sold on eBay, and the buyer had to pay something like $100 for it being an oversized package.

Also, I've heard that UPS is really slipping in quality these days-packages take longer to arrive, damage claims are way up, as are prices. At least FedEx ground tries harder..