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Old 08-05-03, 07:22 PM   #1
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cheapest way to ship out a wheelset?

Hey guys,

I'm trying to send in an old pair of Cane Creek wheels back to Cane Creek to get them looked at (they're developing cracks). Anyway, I've gotten two boxes from my LBS (one box for each wheel), and I'm trying to figure out the cheapest way to ship them out. I've tried UPS, Fedex, and USPS online calculators, and I've found that it'd cost between 20-30 to ship ONE box. Since I'm shipping out both wheels, this would cost me close to 50 bucks. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to keep the costs down? Currently I'm going to try digging around for 1 big box that can hold both wheels, hopefully that'll lower costs a bit.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 08-05-03, 08:41 PM   #2
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I would try USPS they shipped based on weight only, while Fedex and UPS shipment costs would be based on dimensions of box since by the box size it would be shipped at a higher weight then it really is.

Another way to save a few dollars tape both boxes together VERY well. Second best price would be Fedex Ground you can ship a whole bike for $30.

I just looked at the box I received my last wheelset in, it was $16 for two wheels (two boxes taped together) from oregon to california.
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Old 08-05-03, 10:02 PM   #3
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i shipped my wheels coast to coast (philadelphia to seattle) for $20 via fedex. if you can fit 2 wheels into one box (this is fairly common!!) then you should be good to go!.
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Just be careful...You don't want them to get screwed up.
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Old 08-06-03, 02:34 PM   #5
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I would try USPS they shipped based on weight only, while Fedex and UPS shipment costs would be based on dimensions of box since by the box size it would be shipped at a higher weight then it really is.
No thats not correct USPS does charge for over sized packages, and they usually are more expensive than UPS. try and make it one piece you can do that by strapping the two boxes together with nylon Tape (strapping, glass, filament tape are other names it goes by) you need to strap all sides of the package and use a couple of layers of the tape and seal the seams with 2" clear packing tape, the specs call for three strips of tape per seam . This will help you to avoid paying 2 over-sized charges as far as UPS or Fedex ground their rates are Identical though fedex will carry bigger packages. you should be looking at around $30.00 for shipping and there is no other cheaper way to do it . And do not forget to insure it. And USPS insurance rates are more expensive. How do I know all this I run the shipping department where I work we deal extensively with all 3 carriers as well as truck and planes. Unfortunately it is next to impossible for an individual to ship anything air since 9/11 you have to do it through a company that is known to the airlines (ships with them regularly and has an account with them) if you have anymore questions fell free to PM me

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Old 08-06-03, 09:14 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I did what you've all suggested and taped the two boxes together. A quick search online showed that fedex was my cheapest option @ $20. Thanks again

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