Join Date: Jul 2003
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That sounds like you had a thicker bike box.
About 6 weeks ago I shipped 2 bikes via fedex from NJ to MT (ground). The boxes were about 50x29x7. For ground shipments, Fedex no longer uses the OS1, OS2 (84 linear inches and 108 linear inches) classifications. They now use a set dimensional weight calculation for all packages over 5184 cubic inches. This calculation of dimensional weight is volume in cubic inches / 194.
For example, my packages were 10150 cubic inches, which comes to 52 lbs in dimensional weight. Had the boxes been 50x29x12 (a common bike box size) this would have come to 17400 cubic inches or ~90lbs dimensional weight.
The moral of the story- when shipping a bike, try to get the short dimension (thickness) as small as possible, as it has the greatest effect on your dimensional weight. Going from a 7" thick box, to a 12" thick box will almost double your shipping charges.
Oh, btw: with my box size, I paid $130 for both bikes, or about $65 per bike, fully insured.