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    Shipping a bike from Germany to Canada

    Just got a fantastic deal on an old Colnago through eBay, which is looking less so after i found out the shipping... they're saying it'll be a whopping 260 Euros. That seems mighty pricey, any suggestions for a cheaper way to ship? Apparently Germany's postal service won't take it size wise or ship to Canada...

    Thasnk, Ed

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    I just had a bike shipped from Germany two weeks ago or 3? It was done through air cargo and cost me 150 usd plus a 35$ duty I paid at customs. The seller arranged it (reason I bought from them actually) but it was an AirLingus tracking number. They sent it on Monday, and I picked it up Tuesday afternoon (Dusseldorf? to JFK.) It is a hassle to pick up compared ot UPS bringing it to you door... I had to go to the import people in some cargo bay and dodge huge trucks zooming about. They gave me paperwork to bring to customs, and I went there to pay. I returned to the cargo area (which is not easy to find like a normal terminal) to get the boxed bike that needed to be taken out of the carton to fit in my Elantra.

    It was a good deal if you ask me. I'll go that route again if I have to. That seller shipped to major Canadian airports too, for the same price so it ought to run you the same.

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    A year or two back, I was checking on shipping guitars from US to Germany. US Mail was far and away the cheapest way to send it.

    I've seen ebay ads for new Dutch bikes which are shipped Air Freight to your nearest airport. Not sure of the details. See here for example:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Classic-3-speed-...QQcmdZViewItem
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    A year or two back, I was checking on shipping guitars from US to Germany. US Mail was far and away the cheapest way to send it.

    I've seen ebay ads for new Dutch bikes which are shipped Air Freight to your nearest airport. Not sure of the details. See here for example:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Classic-3-speed-...QQcmdZViewItem
    They're the people I bought from. Unless the guitar container was as huge as the bike box I'd think that the price changed drastically based on the larger size. Four guitars would have fit in the box my bike was in. I had to unpack it to put it in my car.

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    Alba-ny, what'd you think of the bike itself, quality-wise? Worth the money?
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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    Thanks chaps, i've emailed them to ask this company how they ship. Otherwise it's going to cost almost 230 Euros to get it back, and all because it's around 5cm too tall (without handlebars, seat post etc). Urgh. Pain.

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    Alba-NY, do you have direct contact details for that seller? I'd love to contact them directly rather than just through eBay and get more details about how they shipped.

    Thanks, Ed

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    sorry, I didn't check back sooner :/

    www.golup.de is their site. There is a link "kontakt" to fill in and email I guess.

    I looked in my email, and their addy is info at golup.de
    Once I asked them about it, through ebay a month or two before buying, an they told me it would be continental airlines then.

    Why don't you try calling airlingus cargo? I wish I could remember the importer name, but I threw out my little note and it was an odd name. Try the yellow pages?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    Alba-ny, what'd you think of the bike itself, quality-wise? Worth the money?
    Well, that is a question I am not too sure of my expertise on to answer

    I was pretty nervous about the quality because of the price and the seller's sites. They sent me detailed photos at request however, and I made sure ot list exactly what I wanted (in German and English.) So, I have things that are definitely good, like a S.A. X-FDD in the front, and AWC in back, as I specified. I am in love with the halogen lamp and dynohub!

    The bike is steel (as I wanted) and lugged, which I find cool.

    Then there are some things that seem less than great quality. The pinstriping is poorly done, the rack/kickstand seem odd. I had to bend the kickstand for it to work well. It seems off somehow.

    I tend to think it is isn't the best quality, but the lugs make me feel better, lol. Also I paid not too much I'd say. I was going to get a Batavus, but it was lacking some features I considered essential, same with some others I looked at. For the price it is fine I think, and I pimped it out with a brooks and all sorts of stuff.

    This shows it pretty much as it arrived aside from the mirror. (Note awkward kickstand.)


    Quick potos from late last night:


    I think it is much improved with a new mudflap held on with glass reflectors, Carrie basket, glass handlebar bling, and a B33

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