Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-27-09, 11:16 AM   #1
cpsqlrwn
OldSchool
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Chesapeake, VA
Bikes:
Posts: 951
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Shipping to Japan

Can I get some "heads up" on shipping a bike to Japan... which carriers to consider, cost approximations, any special packing requirements, any customs issues on the shipping side, any pitfalls to avoid, etc. This would be a small bike (51 cm). I know freight costs have gone all over the place what with the volatility of fuel costs and the crappy economy. Any advice and guidance related to costs and procedures would be greatly appreciated as I have never dabbled in overseas shipping before. Thanks!
cpsqlrwn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-09, 11:44 AM   #2
Old Fat Guy
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 5,285
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've never shipped overseas, but I can tell you that the smallest possible box you can fit it in will reduce costs. You may want to remove the fork and zip tie it to the rear stays. Use bubble wrap or pipe insulation. I can't believe the bike you shipped me came through relatively unscathed.

There are a few threads on packing in the forum. One has pictures of a shipper from Europe and how he packs his frames.

What did you sell, a Merckx?
Old Fat Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-09, 11:45 AM   #3
mainducoyote
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Bikes: 3Rensho Aero with 10 speed Centaure / Record , Lecroco , whatever bike I have for sale at the moment
Posts: 685
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by cpsqlrwn View Post
Can I get some "heads up" on shipping a bike to Japan... which carriers to consider, cost approximations, any special packing requirements, any customs issues on the shipping side, any pitfalls to avoid, etc. This would be a small bike (51 cm). I know freight costs have gone all over the place what with the volatility of fuel costs and the crappy economy. Any advice and guidance related to costs and procedures would be greatly appreciated as I have never dabbled in overseas shipping before. Thanks!
Offer the buyer to disassemble the wheels or cut the spokes , that way, you might me able to fit everything in a frame box. The diffrence in shipping cost ( for air freight) should more than cover the cost of wheel reassembly.
mainducoyote is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:13 PM.