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Old 03-30-19, 10:03 AM
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Bike Flights also using UPS

Just found that out, bought a label for an inbound purchase, emailed the label without looking at it, and lo and behold it's UPS.

I have a long-time friend who works for UPS. "Pack so it can be dropped 10 feet." That's not bad, that's just their system.
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There's a reason I started using Fedex and dropped UPS like a bad habit. Bikeflights is now dead to me.
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I've had terrible experience with UPS as well. YMMV.

"Best" one ever was a claim they denied on a shipment I received on a bike purchase, for "poorly packed". I agreed, but I stopped the guy from leaving as it was a UPS store that packed it. He said, "OK, we will just send it to the claim center to sort it out". ME: "And who is going to pack it for that shipment?" Him: "You." Me; "OK but I charge $75 to pack a bike, so pay me first."

At that point, stalemate.
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Yeah, this just happened. Was in the process of shipping my bike out to Eroica Wednesday night, and the quote from BikeFlights was (gulp) $267 round trip. That's about double what I paid round trip to Palm Springs CA in February, same bag, same weight.

Called customer service and they told me they were aware that FedEx had changed rates and that there would be a change to the web site on Friday that might fix it. So I wound up shipping via ShipBikes, which was $107 cheaper (they use FedEx).

Clearly, something has changed here. I don't mind UPS, every delivery company has its horror stories. But with as much volume as BF does, makes one wonder why they would switch. Unless it's more $ for them with similar great rates for their customers.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
I've had terrible experience with UPS as well. YMMV.

"Best" one ever was a claim they denied on a shipment I received on a bike purchase, for "poorly packed". I agreed, but I stopped the guy from leaving as it was a UPS store that packed it. He said, "OK, we will just send it to the claim center to sort it out". ME: "And who is going to pack it for that shipment?" Him: "You." Me; "OK but I charge $75 to pack a bike, so pay me first."

At that point, stalemate.

Could have been an instant replay of what I hade experienced.
A UPS store packed it. Poor packing job and box had truck tire marks across the side.
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UPS story: A decade ago, I packed and shipped a Trek 2000 from the midwest to the east coast. Packed it myself in a sturdy cardboard bike box: foam insulation, ziptied and bubbled wrapped everything, spacers. Got a call from the buyer, who said that UPS had dumped what was left of a bike with box on his porch.

Box looked like it had been dropped off a cliff. Downtube was sliced in half, and the bike is now a collection of parts. How do you do this in shipping? I couldn't believe it. I felt so bad, I let the buyer keep the parts instead of shipping them back, as the box had been destroyed and was no longer usable. Then UPS took their sweet time (months) getting me a refund, and fought me the whole way, even with pix of a demolished box and an essentially sawed-in-half frame. That was enough to take my business elsewhere. Haven't used them since.

This is why when I ship a bike these days, it's always in a Colorado Cyclist corrugated plastic clamshell box, to prevent crush and slicing injury. I don't trust cardboard anymore, and I only use shipbikes.com.
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My question is, how long has Bike Flights been affiliated with UPS?

My experience with Bike Flights has always been very good.

As for UPS (non-related to shipments or in regards to Bike Flights) have been poor.

With that, and until I know the answer to my question will determine any future business with Bike Flights. Again and to date, Bike Flights has been good.
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Originally Posted by crank_addict View Post
My question is, how long has Bike Flights been affiliated with UPS?

My experience with Bike Flights has always been very good.

As for UPS (non-related to shipments or in regards to Bike Flights) have been poor.

With that, and until I know the answer to my question will determine any future business with Bike Flights. Again and to date, Bike Flights has been good.
I think not too long. I shipped a bike frame thru Bikeflights on March 25 and it was still Fedex. I too have had some rough experiences with UPS.
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My wife works for UPS.

I drove 1500 miles to buy my last bike in lieu of shipping it.
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FDX or UPS doesn't make much difference as far as handling. UPS may be better, because of the way oversized and high value items move through the system.

FWIW, I just checked prices for a package (not a bike) on both. BikeFlights has lost a customer.
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I just had a pair of wheels shipped to me via Bikeflights and they were by FedEx....... I guess I got lucky?

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I refuse to give UPS my money, either directly, or indirectly through a third party. If UPS is now the default bikeflights shipper, I will go elsewhere.
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BikeFlights is not so great. Cheap but you get what you pay for, if something happens it's a PITA. I had a bike damaged by FedEx a few weeks ago. They dont answer phones, they take a day to email back and dont answer your questions. And their communication was unclear.

Plus their website sucks.
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
Could have been an instant replay of what I hade experienced.
A UPS store packed it. Poor packing job and box had truck tire marks across the side.
Wish I had a picture. UPS store had put a large "FRAGILE" sticker on the side of the box, then someone from UPS put a boot print right on top of it. Funny. Not.
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Interesting.
My primary exposure to UPS is in shipping wine (yes, I have other hobbies).
Not sure if any of the wine I've had shipped from coast to coast has ever gone thru FedEx.
Don't think so, pretty sure it's all been UPS.
Never had a broken bottle, missed shipment, or weirded out box.
So, there's that.
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Could have been an instant replay of what I hade experienced.
A UPS store packed it. Poor packing job and box had truck tire marks across the side.
I had the same experience re: tire marks with UPS.
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I bought a BikeFlights label a week ago, FedEx shipped it. IN to CA
I bought a BikeFlights label two days ago, UPS shipped it. UT to IN.
Who the hell knows? I've never had a bad experience with FedEx, but UPS, sure.
We'll see what condition my frame is in when it gets here (UPS) or the wheels to Chombi (FedEx).


Packing is still, generally, everything, but tire marks and sliced boxes; that's handling. What's funny is, a UPS plant is focused on speed and filling the trailers, not sure how something the size of a bike box gets manhandled. I used to load trucks for the now-defunct Carolina Freight, which was nationwide and a big player. A bike box would have gotten shoved up on top of a load, for sure. That's a good thing. We mangled many a fender and auto body panel, but not often anything like a bike box. Small light freight gets damaged, and things needing forklifts get damaged, and not a lot in between.
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I hear some companies are shipping bikes in boxes with pictures of flat screen TVs on the side so that the shippers will be more careful with them... might be worth hanging onto the box if you've purchased a big flat-screen TV lately.
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Ups, FedEx, they both are great and they both are horrible.
same with any small parcel or LTL carrier. R&L, yrc, odfl, FedEx priority, xpo, etc etc etc.

people swear by some of em and other swear off the same ones.
Being in the business, it's funny to hear, actually.
We all run on varying levels of confirmation bias.

speaking of- it's a shame FedEx is out as I've only had good results with them for shipping frames.
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With computers the rule is to have about 2" of foam on all sides of the computer. And, nothing that can bump into anything breakable. Everything in the box is secure.

With bikes, it seems to be to just mash multi-thousand dollar bikes into a box, and complain when it is delivered battered.
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The truth is, shipping bikes likely loses money, given the weight/volume and low count. As a terminal manager, I would not be sending my sales rep to get that account on a piecemeal basis. My guess is the price will eventually stabilize 25-40% higher and with 2 players.
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I recently shipped two frames from western Kentucky to Chicago to my paint guy using bikeflights. Both were handled by fedex, both arrived on time and undamaged. In the past year I've had 3 complete bikes shipped to me using bikeflights, all 3 arrived undamaged. Inbetween those 3 complete bikes, I had a frame shipped to me by bikeflights. It arrived undamaged as well. Maybe I've just been lucky and the next shipment will be disastrous, but I think the odds are against it. Reality is frequently different from what I think, so there's that.

I will be curious to see what happens to shipping prices.

To be fair, I decided to drive 8 hours one way to pick up the frames after they were painted. Seeing a damaged box containing a freshly painted frame would have been nauseating. And, I needed to pay him for the work too. Yep, that's it.

UPDATE: Found this article.
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Warning.... mucho incompetence at the top - both USPS and UPS. Where's the 'checks and balances'?

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Recent headlines

Man changed address of UPS headquarters to his own apartment

Thousands of mail items rerouted to Dushaun Henderson-Spruce’s home address in Chicago, including corporate credit cards



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BikeFlights.com Now Shipping With UPS - BikeFlights.com

from the bikeflights blog. so long BF. i've sent them an email asking how to delete my account. i was unable to find that info on their site.
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Well, I just used Bikeflights for the first time since they shifted to UPS. Box measurements are 49.5 x 10.5 x 34.5, 38 lbs.. From Peoria, Illinois to the Los Angeles area. Cost was $127 before insurance. Cost appears high to me since I haven't paid that much before. But I don't remember what the dimensions were on my previous shipments either.

And of course, it's with UPS, which I find disturbing. I priced it directly with Fedex and it was significantly higher. I should have tried Shipbikes.

I like Bikeflights. They are very responsive. It will be unfortunate if they lose business because of UPS.
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