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Old 02-27-17, 10:27 AM
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Shipping Road Bike from Bay Area to Denver Advice

I want to ship/transport a road bike from the Bay Area to Denver.

As for service and price seems like BikeFlights ($45) is the way to go from reading thru past discussions. Also looked into FedEx (??) or transport it as checked-in luggage ($75).

The road bike itself weighs 17 lbs, Carbon Frame. I am planning to purchase the shipping box @ a FedEx store.

I have viewed countless u-tube how-to-videos but any additional advice on how to securely package the bike, which shipper and any other advice are welcome.

Thank you.
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Old 02-27-17, 10:41 AM
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Bike Shop here has a UPS account, There were over a dozen end of the bike tour ship it back home, Jobs last summer..

shipping between shops costs less as there is someone there all the time to Receive it, during Business hours ..
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Bike Flights or Ship bikes will always be a better deal than you taking it to FedEx. They might use FedEx but they get a better deal than you will. The videos you watch will tell you everything you need to know. Have a look at Air Caddy, they have great boxes and are connected to Ship Bikes plus they have a video on how to prepare the bike.
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Originally Posted by blakcloud View Post
Bike Flights or Ship bikes will always be a better deal than you taking it to FedEx. They might use FedEx but they get a better deal than you will.
Nailed it. I have used bikeflights three times. They are basically a discount broker for FedEx shipping. Buy from them and they send you a FedEx shipping label. It's not like they ship bikes themselves. I always have my bike packed by a local LBS. I can afford it and it saves me the work.
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Bikeflights works great.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
shipping between shops costs less as there is someone there all the time to Receive it, during Business hours ..
Why would having someone to receive it make any difference in freight charges?
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Old 02-28-17, 05:01 PM
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Do some searching in C&V for hints on packaging and shipping. Those guys have lots of experience in shipping high end stuff around the world without damage. Don't assume a LBS has any clue on packing for shipping.

http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...p-bicycle.html

http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...ike-101-a.html

http://www.mytenspeeds.com/My_TenSpe...NG_1_Start.htm

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Why would having someone to receive it make any difference in freight charges?


Common Sense: the 2nd and third delivery attempts, when no one is home for the first delivery, is a cost.



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Thank you folks. I went with bikefkights and for a 3 day shipping, the cost was $68.57 with insurance and pickup service.
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Common Sense: the 2nd and third delivery attempts, when no one is home for the first delivery, is a cost.
That's what tracking is for. You pretty much know which day it's going to be delivered. I've never had that issue nor been charged for a 2nd or 3rd attempt. In this day and age you can often specify delivery instructions such as "only after 5 PM", "before 4:30" or leave at "apartment 6". In metro areas they will hold it for you to pick up at their facility if they cannot deliver. The UPS by me is open extended hours.
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Then Go For it, they set the prices, I Dont.
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