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Bicycle Shipping(6 posts)

Bicycle Shippingelcameron
Jun 20, 2003 2:57 PM
What is the best way to ship a bike? I need to ship one to NC, and it seems the UPS and USPS online sites say it is to large to ship. Any suggestions?

USPS will ship up to 132 inchesGeoCyclist
Jun 20, 2003 3:14 PM
I have sent bikes via the USPS both priority mail and parcel post. For priority mail the box must be no larger than 108 inches (girth + length). You can achieve this by mailing the wheels in a separate box. For parcel post the box must be no larger than 132 inches (girth + length). This can easily be done using one box.

Ride on!
re: Bicycle ShippingSpoke Wrench
Jun 20, 2003 3:16 PM
A standard bicycle box will just barely meed UPS regulations. I've sometimes had to argue with them a little, but they have always accepted it.

If you use a bicycle box, the key issue is packing. Take a look at how manufacturers package bicycles. The little plastic fork brace, the plastic pieces that cover the axle ends, all of that stuff is necessary for an adequate packing job. Bubblewrapping the frame tubes is an OK idea, but protecting the carton from your bicycle's pointy bits pokeing through is more important.
Hey that's my question!Jeff Rage
Jun 20, 2003 4:54 PM
I posted a similar question yesterday. No prob. A few people suggested having a LBS package the bike, which is usually done for a small fee. If you want to do it yourself, at least try to get a box from a LBS.

Here are some links I found:
I've had good luck with FedEx Ground, reasonable rates..nmdavet
Jun 20, 2003 5:30 PM
USPS is 1/2 the price and faster...dpazos
Jun 20, 2003 5:55 PM
I bought a frame from an individual in California. He shipped it out via USPS on a moday I recieved it on a wedensday.
UPS ground takes twice as long (5 working days) and is double the cost.
USPS offers insurance and tracking numbers too.