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Shipping a bike---Which carrier to use??(9 posts)

Shipping a bike---Which carrier to use??Giant_Tom
Aug 13, 2003 7:06 AM
I'm shipping a road bike that I sold on eBay and I'm trying to decide who to ship it through. If anybody has some personal experience with a particular carrier I'd be interested in reading about problems with that carrier. Right now I'm stuck between the lesser of two evils as it were--UPS and Fedex. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

re: Shipping a bike---Which carrier to use??FTMD
Aug 13, 2003 8:02 AM
I just shipped a bike 1500 miles and back through UPS w/o any problems. I packed it myself in a cardboard bike box and paid a LBS the actual shipping cost at both ends of the trip. Box arrived home a little abused, but the bike was fine. I don't think I'd hesitate to use UPS again, especially if I packed it myself (read, very very well). Good luck.
re: Shipping a bike---Which carrier to use??High Gear
Aug 13, 2003 2:17 PM
I have heard many UPS horror stories. I used Fedex when sending my frame in for repair with good results.
re: Shipping a bike---Which carrier to use??GeoCyclist
Aug 13, 2003 3:25 PM
I've used USPS three time without any problems. Twice I've packed the bike myself, and once I received a new bike that had been packed by the shop. The key is in the packing!!!

Ride On!
2nd USPS.KG 361
Aug 13, 2003 5:28 PM
I've shipped 1 complete bike and a couple of frames with no problems. Just make sure that you package it right.
a related question.. How do you nornally package it?2300 Edmontonian
Aug 13, 2003 8:04 PM
just wondering cause I might have to ship my bike out very soon when the family vacations to australia..
and how much would it normally cost?
can your LBS do it for you?
a related question.. How do you nornally package it?KG 361
Aug 14, 2003 8:19 AM
I have gotten boxes from the lbs or used ones that have been shipped to me. It costs about $25 USD to ship via USPS. UPS is similar in price. A lbs in Denver Co shipped a bike for me that I bought on e-bay. Cost me about $60 to have it packaged and shipped to PA from CO. Your lbs should be able to ship your bike for you. Hope this helps!
thanks yes it does that'll be what i do (nm)2300 Edmontonian
Aug 14, 2003 8:30 PM
re: Shipping a bike---Which carrier to use??kermit
Aug 14, 2003 5:05 AM
I'm not sure about UPS in the US, but UPS Canada would NOT insure my bike. I'd look into this before shipping it UPS.

I shipped via FedEx Ground. Big mistake. The bike was delivered 2.5 weeks late and badly damaged. I have to give their claims department credit though, my claim was processed quickly and in my favour. Mind you, I had a very well documented claim with pictures pre/post shipping and a letter from my LBS stating that they packaged the bike to their professional standards.

I have heard good things about USPS.