sending a bike from Germany to US
I'm moving from Germany to the US and want to bring my bike with me. For complicated reasons I can't simply bring it as extra baggage on the flight, so I'm looking at sending it to the States. I think I can do this through the regular post, but does anyone have experience with doing this?
I'm wondering specifically about unexpected costs people have run into, how to avoid paying customs fees on it (bike was originally purchased in the States, but has been mostly rebuilt over the years, with no reciepts of course). Does the standard "GIFT" written in large letters on the customs form take care of that sort of thing?
I've searched the archives a bit, but no luck yet.
Thanks for any help,