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Old 06-08-09, 12:45 PM   #1
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Shipping a bike to Europe

Can anyone tell me the best way to ship a bike from the U.S. to Europe? I'm unable to bring it on the plane with me but I'm hoping that perhaps there is a way to get it to Europe that doesn't cost as much as another plane ticket.
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You might want to check how much it costs to check it on the plane with you. A few years back many international carriers weren't even charging for bikes as national flights were. I would imagine it would be cheaper to box it and take on the plane than to ship.
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Why can't you take the bike on the plane? I just traveled from the US to UK on Virgin Atlantic and paid nothing to put my bike on the plane. They have a 70lb bike allowance. I used a great soft sided case called the Tardis by Groundeffect that weighs a couple of pounds and packs down to the size of a phone book. I was really easy. I packed my bike in the bag with clothes and equipment as padding and the total was 40lbs. I simply carried it to checking and it was put on the conveyor belt.
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Shipping would be very expensive - I'm not sure about the intent of comparing it to another plane ticket, unless you plan to have it sitting next to you! American is one the only major airline I am aware of that still allows you to fly your boxed bike "free" (as part of your 2 checked bag allowance).
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Thanks for the replies all. Looks like DHL wants over $600 to ship the bike. I'm going to Europe for a long time so I was hoping to use my two checked bags for clothes. However, looks like I'll just hit a thrift store in Europe for clothes.
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Hi,

The current rate for bicycle as sport equipment costs 150 USD/EUR one way. It doesn't effect your normal baggage and the bike can weight 30 kg. So you cloud even pack some more cloths in your bike box.

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Thanks for the replies all. Looks like DHL wants over $600 to ship the bike. I'm going to Europe for a long time so I was hoping to use my two checked bags for clothes. However, looks like I'll just hit a thrift store in Europe for clothes.
You have nothing to worry about. I researched baggage allowances for Virgin Atlantic and here's the scoop.

Your bike bag can weigh up to 70lbs.....that's massive. This is in addition to your checked baggage allowance as the bike is classed as sporting equipment. When I traveled to Europe recently I just packed all my clothes in with my bike, so I only had one checked bag, I didn't even need my regular baggage allowance. Best of all
I paid nothing extra to put my bike on the plane. Seems like you are looking for a problem where none exists as you can check your bike plus two regular bags
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