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Old 06-11-07, 09:25 AM   #1
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fed ex ground or ups for complete bike shipping?

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Old 06-11-07, 09:29 AM   #2
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"UPS is where I learned how to break things"
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Old 06-11-07, 09:31 AM   #3
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i find fed ex cheaper, however prices just went up recently. they have some new size/cost formula and it's up to around 90$ for a tradional bike box size (with rear wheel installed in the dropouts). most companies have switched to boxes which require the rear wheel to be removed.
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Old 06-11-07, 09:41 AM   #4
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DHL is good

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Old 06-11-07, 09:49 AM   #5
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Old 06-11-07, 09:52 AM   #6
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I got my wife's smaller touring frame in a traditional bike box (front wheel off, handlebars off and sideways, but rear wheel on) and shipped it Fedex for 50, my bike in a slightly bigger box was like $110. needless to say once that thing was in there and sealed up it stayed and I just paid it.

interestingly i got much higher prices for fedex at the PostNet store but when I took to a Fedex store I got cheaper rates.

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Old 06-11-07, 10:52 AM   #7
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in 1999, i worked for UPS for 2 months, and something i learned while working there is that nobody cares about the packages. from the warehouse to your door ...kicking, spitting, standing on them, eating on top of them all routine. My company uses Fedex, reliable and excellent customer service, and they guarantee delivery time (not sure about ground service)... i have shipped 2 of my bikes in the past with them and i've been very happy with their rates and service. good luck!
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Old 06-11-07, 11:06 AM   #8
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Measure your box. Mine was slightly larger the last time I shipped a box, so it fell into UPS' oversize category and cost me $87 instead of $37. The relevant word on their site is "girth."
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Old 06-11-07, 11:38 AM   #9
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Somebody shipped a bike to me through USPS. It took two separate boxes to meet their size limitations-- one box for the frame, one box for the wheels and other parts-- but the cost was under $20/box.

Given a choice between FedEx ground and UPS, Fed Ex ground is cheaper.
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Old 06-11-07, 01:05 PM   #10
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