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Old 08-25-09, 08:51 AM
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dimensions of a bike box ?

need some help here folks. i need to get a shipping estimate and don't have have a box yet to take the measurements from
thanks in advance to anyone who can help me
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Old 08-25-09, 08:56 AM
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Depends on how big the frame is. Presuming there are wheels involved, I've shipped as small as:

52" x 30" x 7"

Probably safer to punch in

54" x 32" x 8"
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Old 08-25-09, 09:19 AM
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You will find that bike boxes come in different sizes depending on make and model of bike that came in that box, assuming you are getting one from LBS. To optimize size for shipping purposes, you will need to cut the box down (hopefully) to the minimum required, in order to avoid large shipping fees if possible. Of course, if you have a really tall bike, this may not be practical.
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i recently shipped only the frame and cut down a box to 42 x 30 x 8 and fedex only charged me around $30. I think UPS, USPS, and fedex have different threshold levels for "oversized" packages. Some use length + girth while others use length + depth + height. I know you didnt ask, i just figured this might be of some help.
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Old 08-25-09, 09:37 AM
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The biggest box you'll be able to ship via USPS priority would be a box cut down to 38 x 27 x 8 or any combination that when added up does not exceed 108''. That normally is only big enough for a frame set though.
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Old 08-25-09, 10:39 AM
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If you're shipping a whole bike via UPS or FedEx you simply can't go wrong with a Trek Madone box; I buy them from my local Trek dealer for $10 and they are the Rolls Royce of bike shipping boxes. Best of all they are smaller than the 130" cumulative measurement--length + 2x width + 2x height--used by both major shippers to distinguish between simply outrageous shipping charges and pure highway robbery. Anything over that magic number you can expect to pay $90+ to ship a bike halfway across the country.
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Old 10-21-09, 04:38 PM
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where on the UPS site can I input box dimensions, or does it matter? I've got a box that comes in at 127 cumulative, and the weight is probably 50lbs max.
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Old 10-21-09, 04:40 PM
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FedEx is cheaper than UPS.
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Thanks for the tip. I'm a shipping virgin for anything over a flat rate box.
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Old 10-21-09, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by bluenote157 View Post
i recently shipped only the frame and cut down a box to 42 x 30 x 8 and fedex only charged me around $30. I think UPS, USPS, and fedex have different threshold levels for "oversized" packages. Some use length + girth while others use length + depth + height. I know you didnt ask, i just figured this might be of some help.
my experience with UPS and fedex is that the price to ship is very reasonable until the box hits a certain dimension, and then WHAM, you're hit with an enormous "oversized box" fee. i've played around with entering different values on the UPS site, and 58x29x9 seem to be the max they'll except before you get hit with overages. literally, one inch in any of the three dimensions caused the rate to more than double! (for example, while 58x29x9 was good, 50x28x10 was considered oversized, even thought it was overall smaller).

i actually ran into trouble the one and only time i bought a pre-paid shipping label through ebay (never again ) for a bike i had sold at auction. i checked my box dimensions very carefully several times and i was at least 1/2" under the max in every dimension. i dropped the box off at UPS and everything was fine until the day the box was delivered. i got an email from UPS stating that my paypal account was being "adjusted" for an oversized box (to the tune of about $65! ) apparently the UPS handlers had measured it differently than i had, and had concluded that the box was oversized. since the box had been delivered, there was no way for me to verify that my measurements were the correct ones. after getting on the phone with CS and explaining this, i was finally able to convince them to waive the overage fee. but i will never again trust the pre-paid shipping label system for shipping bikes.
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Originally Posted by miamijim View Post
FedEx is cheaper than UPS.
Depends on the weight. I just shipped a bike box to myself from MI to AZ. It had a bike and lots of household stuff in it, as well as prts, etc. It was over 70lbs, and cheaper via UPS.

Under 70, Fedex, for sure.
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Also, if you are going to ship fedex, set up an account since that will get you a discount on the shipping.

When I am able to get a bike box from one of the shops that does not charge, I always grad an extra one that I cut down and use to reinforce the box I use to ship.
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Originally Posted by Old Fat Guy View Post
Depends on the weight. I just shipped a bike box to myself from MI to AZ. It had a bike and lots of household stuff in it, as well as prts, etc. It was over 70lbs, and cheaper via UPS.

Under 70, Fedex, for sure.
Under 70# and under 130" is the key for FedEX. Another thing...dont measure each side individualy and then add them up. 'Wrap' your tape measure around the box and then measure the length starting where you ended with the 'wrap'. you can squeeze out a few extra inches that way.

On-line data entry doesnt allow you to do that, you need to enter 3 specifc numbers which can screw you out of alot of cubic inches...round up and make sure its 130 or less on-line. When you drop it off have them measure with the wrap techinuque.
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At the Mailboxes store, they have a box that is a perfect fit for 54cm and smaller frames. I used it to ship a frame to Dr. Deltron and saved a few bucks. Plus the frame was snug and couldn't slide around.
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Don't use any store, set up an online account, as mentioned. The rates are less than even 'over the counter' at Fedex or UPS. You can then just drop off at a UPS Store/Kinko's, any UPS/Fedex center, or give to a driver on the street.

I take pictures of my boxes with a tape or rule in place, as proof if Fedex or UPS claims it is over 130".

Both of them do that on occasion, but I have never lost a dispute.

I am a retired UPS driver, and could go into greater depths about billing and measurements, but that's really OT.
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Originally Posted by kevinsubaru View Post
where on the UPS site can I input box dimensions, or does it matter? I've got a box that comes in at 127 cumulative, and the weight is probably 50lbs max.
Don't know about UPS, but FedEx has a 'Get Rates and Transit Times' link under the 'Ship' header that allows you to enter zip codes, dimensions and weights to get an estimate.
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