Recumbent - Shipping a trike... how?
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How does one go about shipping a trike somewhere? For my mountain bike I can get a carrier that takes the airline or shipper abuses and can be reused many times. What I dont know is if this same carrier could be used for a trike? are there other carriers? Should I just plan to break it down and ship in padded cardboard every time? etc.
11-20-10, 05:40 PM
Is there a recumbent dealer in your area? If so, hit them up for a used box that'll fit your trike. Otherwise you're stuck building your own crate.
I've done both—using an old cardboard box that I could abandon when I was travelling with my trike, building a crate to ship a trike that I was selling.
Different carriers will have different rules on dimensions, but you should be able to fit your trike into a box that UPS and Fedex will both take. Shipping will be expensive, though.
11-21-10, 09:46 AM
It all depends on your trike and the extent of your willingness to disassemble. If you don't mind shipping a parts collection, one or two conventional box boxes like those from Crateworks (http://www.crateworks.com/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=Bike-Boxes&Store_Code=crateworks)would be an option.
If you are going to be doing lots of traveling, something like the new neatly folding ICE models might be the ticket.
11-22-10, 01:06 PM
Strangely enough this is one of the reasons I have just sold my ICE trike. I fly a lot in Europe with Ryanair, the cut price airline. Because of the weight of the trike, they would not entertain carrying it.
The other problem I can forsee is what do you do with a box that size when you get to where you are going? Unless you have a place to leave it of course.
I am just buying a Bacchetta Giro 26 which should make the transportaion problem much easier.
11-22-10, 03:57 PM
Do you already have a trike? If so, which one. That would help people in answering your question.
I have shipped my Greenspeed GTO on a plane in a regular bike box but it was designed with and S&S coupler so the frame could be take apart and the seat taken off. There are a couple of folding trikes that would also probably be small enough when folded to fit in a box. Once you go oversize, it gets very expensive. It cost $70 to ship my first trike (unassembled) half way across the country from the factory to me but these days they ship them fully assembled and charge about $150 for essentially the same trike
I don't have one yet. Very soon. I'm limited to a small selection set as I am a big mofo, so most if not all the folders are out of the question. I'm targeting a terratrike cruiser, as by the time I order I should have lost enough weight to not exceed its rating.
I did email terratrike to ask about shipping and they said the cruiser doesn't break down much and they have not tried fitting it into a standard bike box, which I translate to say they know it wont fit, so they didn't bother to try.
The rover could be broken down, and it certainly handles my weight, but the more I study it and other trikes, the more I think i would end up trading up within a pretty short timeframe, so I'll probably not even try the rover.
I bailed on the idea of ever shipping my trike since I figured I'd rather worry about a trike that fit me and was comfortable and would do all the other things I wanted (like tour) without worrying about making it fit some possible unlikely future event.
I figure if I ever really really want to ship it, I'll pay the bucks to have a pro take apart, the cost to ship, and to have someone else reassemble it.
Yes, my trike folds, but not into a particularly small package.
11-23-10, 10:32 AM
. . . . The rover could be broken down, and it certainly handles my weight, but the more I study it and other trikes, the more I think i would end up trading up within a pretty short timeframe, so I'll probably not even try the rover.
You might want to test ride a Rover before eliminating it. This experienced and picky rider was pleasantly surprised by a test ride. I expected something slow and awkward but found myself riding a nice trike.
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