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Old 02-21-13, 11:15 AM
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What do you guys pay for shipping a bike?

What do you guys pay for shipping a bike? USPS, UPS, Fedex?

The prices have gone thru the roof!!
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Old 02-21-13, 11:30 AM
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USPS seems to have the best rates. I shipped a (heavy) bike from Chicago to Dallas for $67. UPS wanted $130 and FedX wanted $165!
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Its all about size. 108 inch box or less, USPS Parcel Post. 108 t0 130, Fed Ex (open a commercial account with them). Over 130 inches? Repack to meet the limit, or forget it.

Note, the bike box from your LBS was not designed/size to meet the postal sizing requirements. Be prepared with a razor knife to adjust the box (smaller).

For example, just ran a rate through the USPS site, SC to Seattle, WA. $35 if you stay under the 108 inch limit.

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I head something about bus transport.
can some one refresh our memories?
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They've gone up recently I think. Shipped a frame cross country from NC to CA via USPS for $35 - fedex wanted $65.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Its all about size. 108 inch box or less, USPS Parcel Post. 108 t0 130, Fed Ex (open a commercial account with them). Over 130 inches? Repack to meet the limit, or forget it.

Note, the bike box from your LBS was not designed/size to meet the postal sizing requirements. Be prepared with a razor knife to adjust the box (smaller).

For example, just ran a rate through the USPS site, SC to Seattle, WA. $35 if you stay under the 108 inch limit.
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I received two bikes last year from UPS and Fedex. They were both 64cm.

First one from Montana to Seattle. rear wheel and small parts in one box, everything else in another - UPS $70

Second from Bay Area, CA to Seattle. Bike and wheels in one box, extra set of wheels and extra parts in another - Fedex $99
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THe rates here in Florida are way more. Took a box with a frame in it, USPS wanted $110. That's just crazy.
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Old 02-21-13, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Michael Angelo View Post
THe rates here in Florida are way more. Took a box with a frame in it, USPS wanted $110. That's just crazy.
You did something wrong.

Bikes from Tampa to wherever....$75-85 FedEx
frames from Tampa to wherever...$35-45 FedEx or USPS Parcel Post
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I just shipped a complete extra large MTB from Washington state to Calif. $49.00 using Amtrak, (40 pounds max) They have bike boxes for sale for $15.00 also. I heard greyhound is even cheaper.

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Hi all..I just rec'd a bicycle from the UK...The seller managed to ship it for around 135.00 (cdn) and I rec'd it in 5 days (door to door)...The shipper was UPS (Brown suit, no shorts...Canadian winter!).
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I was using Fed Ex with my account. But since EBay started using them my cost has gone down about 10 bucks a bike.
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I got a bike in Knoxville Tenn. to Maryland area coming up-
be great to hook up with a forumite professional driver who could transport it.

no hurry
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Originally Posted by miamijim View Post
You did something wrong.

Bikes from Tampa to wherever....$75-85 FedEx
frames from Tampa to wherever...$35-45 FedEx or USPS Parcel Post
This.
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Originally Posted by puchfinnland View Post
I head something about bus transport.
can some one refresh our memories?
No insurance, and mine was not only crushed, the box was opened and sitting out in the open in the bus terminal. Anyone could have picked it up. They are simply not in the shipping business.
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I just shipped a complete extra large MTB from Washington state to Calif. $49.00 using Amtrak, (40 pounds max) They have bike boxes for sale for $15.00 also. I heard greyhound is even cheaper.
We're seeing that here, too. Cheap enough for me to take the train to DC with the bike, ride a couple days, take the train back.

I'm between $35-$46 coast-coast on complete bikes USPS

I'm between $56-$68 coast-coast on complete bikes FedEx (I have an account) and I ALWAYS take it directly to the terminal to ship. That way, the price is set in stone and cannot be changed.

I'm between $65-$85 coast-coast on complete bikes UPS and I ALWAYS take it directly to the terminal to ship. That way, the price is set in stone and cannot be changed.

Frames/Wheelsets $16-$26 USPS
Frames/Wheelsets $26-$36 Fed Ex
Frames/Wheelsets $30-$40 UPS

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I must be inputting something wrong but when I calculate shipping via usps for a box 41"x28"x9" from 30144 to 92648 ~10lbs, I'm getting an estimated cost of $108 for standard post. Fed-ex is showing at around $70...
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I must be inputting something wrong but when I calculate shipping via usps for a box 41"x28"x9" from 30144 to 92648 ~10lbs, I'm getting an estimated cost of $108 for standard post. Fed-ex is showing at around $70...
What are shipping in a box that big (115" L +G) that only weighs 10lbs?

Drop that box down to 39 X 28 X 7 (109" L +G) and its only $35
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You MUST keep the box under their max size or you will pay for it. This document tells you Fedex's length-girth size guidelines: https://images.fedex.com/us/services/...ines_fxcom.pdf. I recommend keeping it at least 1" under the size required to remove any confusion when the person at Fedex measures your box.

I sent a bike from NYC to the Colonel in KY last year for under $50 using Fedex.
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It Just cost me $200 to have a complete tandem shipped from MA to TX
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I must be inputting something wrong but when I calculate shipping via usps for a box 41"x28"x9" from 30144 to 92648 ~10lbs, I'm getting an estimated cost of $108 for standard post. Fed-ex is showing at around $70...
+1 You are over the 108 inch limit. You really have to measure carefully, and expect to have to cut the box down. The 108 inches are the length plus the girth. So cutting the width or height of the box down by just one inch, saves you 2 inches in the measurement.

+1 Do not use the entire 108 inch limit, particularly with Fed Ex or UPS. They seem to work a tape measure differently....Always in their favor.
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Ahhhhhhh
didn't understand that you guys were referring to length + girth. Shouldn't be hard to get the package under 108" at all!
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