Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Bikes: Trek 520 total custom build, Cannondale Mountain Tandem, Oryx Mountain Bike
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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.