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Originally Posted by smontanaro View Post
Thanks all. FWIW, eBay calculated the shipping and turned out to be lower than either shipbikes.com or bikeflights.com. It was about $68 for eBay, $78 for shipbikes and $101 for bikeflights. Also, I didn't have to measure or weigh anything. The max weight (70lbs?) and max length+girth (153in?) were both generous. I was well under on both. It went FedEx (Ground, I presume).

153 inches is way too big. 130 inches for a complete bike, 108 inches for a frameset. Cross either size limit and the price can double. Depending on the bike box, I find a lot of them to be about 138 inches, which means I have to cut them down.

LBS here charges $100 to pack a bike. Buyers will not pay that price.

On the bigger stuff, Ebay's shipping calculator does not include insurance or signature on delivery. I find both of those are important on the higher priced stuff.

I have gotten to the point I will pack a frameset, no bikes. Too much hassle with too little return. I have a few times sold frame buyers bike "build kits". They contacted me later, and I sold them the parts I had just taken off. Win/win, as the buyer gets parts they know will fit, and I get an additional sale.

I have fit frames up to 64cm in a 108 inch box. But it took creating a box with a lid, to reduce box width. Shipped as far as New Zealand.
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