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Cheapest way to send a bike through the mail?(6 posts)

Cheapest way to send a bike through the mail?bburgbiker
Dec 9, 2003 8:26 PM
I'm going out to Vegas to visit my dad and do some riding (among other things) and will be sending my bike - minus wheels, crankset, seat and post. The entire package should weigh about 17 lbs. I was thinking that UPS would be the most obvious but if anyone has any better (and cheaper) ideas i'd appreciate it. thanks.
-chris
size not weightdesmo
Dec 9, 2003 9:04 PM
Try to make the box as small as possible (while still safe). It's the dimensional weight for oversized boxes that makes it expensive. Sending just the frameset should allow you to get under $20 for priority mail or UPS ground if you pick the right box. Can't supply the figures you'll need but ask at the PO or UPS, or check their websites.
re: Cheapest way to send a bike through the mail?gk02
Dec 9, 2003 9:25 PM
make sure to go to either a fedex or ups actual shipping center. Not some mailbox store. It will be about twice as much. If you know someone who has an account and ups or fedex picks up at there office or business it will be as cheap as it gets. You can ship a bike anywhere in the continental us for less than 35 bucks. A frame for cheaper than 20 bucks.
Go on line to Fedex & UPS and get a quote.High Gear
Dec 10, 2003 2:54 AM
Make the box as small as you can get it with still protecting the item. Then go to shippers web site to plug in the numbers. I found that Fedex alowed me to ship a larger box at a lower rate. They have brake points LxHxW. One inch can make a $15 change in shipping price.
Dimensional weightDave Hickey
Dec 10, 2003 4:35 AM
Multiply your length x width x height in inches. Take that number and divide by 194. That is your dimensional weight. With any bike, you'll pay for dimensional weight not actual weight. FedEx, UPS, and USPS all do it different but the above formula will give you a general idea..
Ride it to Vegas! nmdzrider
Dec 10, 2003 8:15 AM