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Old 07-07-12, 06:39 AM   #1
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Shipping a Tandem to us, any tips?

so here's the deal. we have some friends in San Diego who have an old Schwinn single speed tandem that they never ride and are looking to get it out of the garage. we, living in Denver, would love to take it off their hands. the big question is how do you get it shipped? there doesnt seem to be a tandem specific shop in SD so should I start calling around and see if anyone's got a tandem box to pack it up in and then take it to fedex or UPS?

any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Tape a pair of single bike boxes together, have them remove the wheels and handlebars and pack those along side.

Contact Greyhound; very reasonable rates and you just drop off / pick-up at a local Greyhound terminal.
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Old 07-08-12, 04:33 PM   #3
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Agree with above suggestion.
Also: remove pedals when packing.
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so here's the deal. we have some friends in San Diego who have an old Schwinn single speed tandem that they never ride and are looking to get it out of the garage. we, living in Denver, would love to take it off their hands. the big question is how do you get it shipped? there doesnt seem to be a tandem specific shop in SD so should I start calling around and see if anyone's got a tandem box to pack it up in and then take it to fedex or UPS?

any suggestions would be appreciated.

thanks
Have to ask if the cost of getting it to you is worth the value of the bike... I see them on craigslist rather often in the $75 to $100 range. Getting one local would also allow you to inspect before paying.
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Hi. Yesterday, I went to the UPS store to price out shippng a tandem. $1150-so don't go there! Fed Ex won't be much different as once the size of the box reaches a certain dimension, they convert to volumetric pricing. So a box large enough for a tandem can hold 275 pounds and they base shipping off that figure! Yea, go figure.......
Greyhound will probably be your best bet in the states. You could also try a trucking company, like Day and Ross. They are a Canadian company that ships to all 50 states. That's who is shipping my tandem from Victoria, BC to Winnipeg, MB. $80. There are tons of trucking options in the states-not like here in Canada. Moving companies from my experience have 500 pound minimums (or a $1000) And taping a couple of single bike boxes together sounds like a good idea. It's not the way I did it, but mine worked out fine too. Take off the handlebars, seats, at least the front wheel, and pedals. Wrap everything you took off, pad everything else really well, and ship. Good luck.
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