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Old 04-07-12, 09:55 PM
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having girlfriend ship me a frame?

so i've been thinking about something and i'm not sure how feasible this is. my girlfriend lives in another city. i've found a frame i covet on craigslist in that city. the lady is coming to visit me in 2 weeks. she is willing to be my broker and pick up the frame for me. what a gal!

the next question of course is, how is she going to get the frame to me? does anyone have experience flying with a frame? considering what a pain airports have become in the past couple years, i'm thinking it would probably be easier to have her ship it to me.

i've found some great information about how to pack a frame, but ...well...it isn't that i don't trust my special lady to pack a beautiful steel frame...ok, i guess that is it. she isn't very handy. would an LBS pack a frame for her so she can ship it to me? would they charge a lot for it in a big city?

i want this frame. what should i do?!
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Before I started to do it myself, I had 2 complete bikes packed by different bike shops. I believe it was about $30-50 for each one, including breaking the bike down and packing materials.

Is it just a frame or complete bike? If it's just a frame/fork, I bet you could give her enough instruction to get it done safely...
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You now owe her more favors than you knew existed. Good luck.

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Old 04-07-12, 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
You now owe her more favors than you knew existed. Good luck.

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haha, nice, Kurt. she definitely didn't know what she was getting herself into on this one!
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Old 04-07-12, 10:08 PM
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Originally Posted by 4Rings6Stars View Post
Before I started to do it myself, I had 2 complete bikes packed by different bike shops. I believe it was about $30-50 for each one, including breaking the bike down and packing materials.

Is it just a frame or complete bike? If it's just a frame/fork, I bet you could give her enough instruction to get it done safely...
It's just frame and fork, with headset and bb. i think i should call around and find her a good LBS. she doesn't have the packing materials or anything, although she is pretty resourceful.
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My daughter has shipped me bikes across country a few times, for rebuilding. Have her go by an LBS and get a box, she packs and ships via UPS. You shouldn't ask her to try to schlep it via air travel, that's hassle enough.

If saving money isn't your concern, have the LBS pack and ship, ...simple solution.
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Old 04-07-12, 11:10 PM
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A good LBS should be able to pack the frame, and throw it in a box of their own supply, for not too much money I would think (I've seen places locally that offer to pack a whole bike, including providing all packing materials, for as little as $25-30). If you could get it done in that kind of range, it would almost be worth it just to spare the gathering of necessary materials and effort in making it happen - questions of experience and confidence aside. Though I'm sure she could do it herself; if you're actually trying to get it right, it's mostly common-sense. And I would strongly concur that posting (shipping) the frame would be preferable to trying to fly with it.

For one thing, the possibility of oversize baggage fees might be an issue (airlines differ, but one that assesses such a fee may well assess in excess of postage costs, say 50 bucks...I'd worry about this if I was flying here in Canada, at least). Regardless, while I've never flown with a frame (or complete bike), the reckless abuse to which my various other items of luggage have been subjected in my many travels (I've had well-packed sheet metal severely dented, not kidding) - as compared to the relative condition of the many packages, one frame included, that I have received by post - leads me to believe that entrusting an airline with anything of value that might be irreparably damaged by, say, being dropped 4-6 feet onto asphalt, struck briskly with a 50lb hardshell case, or jumped up-and-down upon repeatedly, would be pure folly.

Especially if you have (or could get) a sense of what one of the better shops in town happens to be (and phoning around should give you at least some idea), it may well be worth dropping a few bucks to have someone take care of it and entrust it to the USPS. Either way, just don't fly with it.

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use greyhound.
if both locations have greyhound stations (and what town doesn't?), use america's number one bus service! i shipped a frame this way last fall, and though there is some question as to arrrival time (could be a couple weeks), my shipment arrived in just a few days. it was less than $50 to ship a bike more than half-way across the country. so, figure out how you would ship it, find a box store near the girl, send her the packing instructions, and ask her to drop it off at greyhound. buy her a gift when she visits, and hopefully it will arrive when she's still in town. but be doubly clear on the contact number she provides greyhound at the time of the drop. this is the second most important thing, after the actual packaging.
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Old 04-07-12, 11:55 PM
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I bought my PUCH from Vienna, the seller would not ship it, he did take it to a girlfriend of a friend of mine,

She refused to do anything about it.

I got on the internet and found a cycle shop 400 meters from where she lived, I called them and they said sure they would pack it AND ship it on credit card.


you can do the same, YOU pick out the bike shop for her and YOU pay the credit card bill,

other option is find a forumite to do the deed for you
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Old 04-08-12, 01:26 AM
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Isn't there a Facilitator's Thread that you could make use of. Perhaps another Forum Member would be willing to assist. It is worth a try, doncha think?
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Old 04-08-12, 07:05 AM
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+1 Either have an LBS pack it, or plan a road trip to pick it up. Asking a newb to pack a frame is pretty risky. Packing them right is pretty involved, and if not done right, can lead to damage. Shippers are brutal on bikes.
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Old 04-08-12, 07:50 AM
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Y'all confirmed my suspicion that having an LBS pack it is the way to go.
This is great, set up a question before I go to sleep and when I wake up, there is my answer!!
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but then again, Now you would have a "reason" to go visit the girlfriend, instead of having her come to your place all the time.
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Where is the girlfriend located?
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I would first make sure that the frame/bike is still available if you haven't already bought it. :-) I agree with taking it to a bike shop. I wouds ask your girlfried to go to Lowe's or Home Depot and buy some insulation for plumbing like the one I have on my bike's seat tube. It only cost's like about $1.30 each, but it is extra protection for your frame. I'd figure that you'll need about three of them. I use this on all of my bikes once I heard about it from one of my friends. Good luck, and post pics once you have it!



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You know, looking at this again - I'm tending even more with the general tide of opinion. While I suggested above that either taking it to the LBS or perhaps having her pack it were viable options (though I think I was nudging in the direction of the LBS) - as long as it definitely does not get entrusted to the airline - I may have been a little too cavalier about the suggestion that packing a frame sercurely is "common-sense". I note some others here suggesting it's risky, and I'm thinking back to some of the slapdash packaging done on an ebay part or two I've had arrived rattling around in an oversized box or somesuch. I used to work in shipping & receiving (securely packing pretty much everything from surgical instruments to electric scooters), so maybe my "common-sense" doesn't square with absolutely everybody's...

And imagine the tension if an oversight on her part ended up badly, with a dent, ding, or noticeable misalignment to remind you forever of the error

If, heaven forbid, anything were to happen, I think you'd find it much more congenial harbouring a grudge against some anonymous, far-away LBS guy...
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I don't know if they still do this, but some airlines would rent you a shipping case. The last time I heard of someone doing this, it was on Delta airlines.
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i want this frame. what should i do?!
How much do you value this relationship ?
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How much do you value this relationship ?
although she doesn't have any lugs, she's way cooler than any bike...even the marinoni frame she is currently on her way to pick up.
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although she doesn't have any lugs, she's way cooler than any bike...even the marinoni frame she is currently on her way to pick up.
Marinoni. Very nice. I had my girlfriend pick me up a complete Marinoni Special in SP in Montreal about three days ago.

A bit of a coincidence, don't you think?

I don't have to worry about shipping, however. I'll be traveling to the bike (and the girlfriend) instead
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Marinoni. Very nice. I had my girlfriend pick me up a complete Marinoni Special in SP in Montreal about three days ago.

A bit of a coincidence, don't you think?

I don't have to worry about shipping, however. I'll be traveling to the bike (and the girlfriend) instead
that is a coincidence! this is a marinoni special, too.
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that is a coincidence! this is a marinoni special, too.
If it's Columbus SP and really tall, I'm buying a lottery ticket.
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This is gonna be pretty awkward when you guys find out it's the same girl.
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it's only 58cm. and she's in nyc, not montreal. dodged a bullet there.
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