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Old 05-18-17, 02:52 PM
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Bike Flight Shipping?

Has anyone use them?
I recently shipped a bike from Cleveland to Chicago via FedEx it cost $116. Today I checked Bike Flight same size and weight box $48!
Lesson learned!!!
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Originally Posted by Tandem Tom View Post
Has anyone use them?
I recently shipped a bike from Cleveland to Chicago via FedEx it cost $116. Today I checked Bike Flight same size and weight box $48!
Lesson learned!!!
Yeah I have used them 2-3 times now when cycling out of State. I would recommend giving extra time for your bike to get to your destination though.

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Old 05-18-17, 03:12 PM
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Have you looked at https://www.shipbikes.com ?
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I think BikeFlights contracts with other carriers, so your bike will likely be shipped via Fedex or UPS. Just at a different cost.
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Originally Posted by Tandem Tom View Post
Has anyone use them?
I recently shipped a bike from Cleveland to Chicago via FedEx it cost $116. Today I checked Bike Flight same size and weight box $48!
Lesson learned!!!
Retail FedEx/UPS shipping is outrageous.
I was going to ship a box of baby stuff to my brother, and I realized that I could buy everything in the box new off Amazon for less than the cost of shipping...
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Old 05-18-17, 07:17 PM
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bikeflights is great, just used them today. I've heard good things about shipbikes, but I see no reason to change.
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Old 05-18-17, 08:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Tandem Tom View Post
Has anyone use them?
I recently shipped a bike from Cleveland to Chicago via FedEx it cost $116. Today I checked Bike Flight same size and weight box $48!
Lesson learned!!!
Yup, easy to set up and well priced. Shipped frames and bikes.
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Old 05-18-17, 09:08 PM
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I've used bikeflights twice when I facilitated for a couple of guys and I dropped the boxed units off at the FedEx depot a couple of miles from my house. Reasonable, but I have not priced FedEx directly to see how it would compare. Can't believe it would cost that much more, but stranger things have happened.
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Old 05-19-17, 07:28 AM
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BikeFlights uses the 'prepaid Corporate account' rate from FedEx Ground. I checked into using my employer's FedEx Ground account, with bike box weight and dimensions and came up with the same rates. Retail FedEx rates are MUCH higher.
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Old 05-19-17, 07:45 AM
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Have used them three times and will be using them again next month.


They are basically a discount bike shipping broker for FedEx (and possibly other services). Once you purchase, they email you a shipping label from the carrier (never had them use anyone other than FedEx) 10 days before your scheduled ship date and you take it from there. If you bike goes FedEx, you can even drop it off at a FedEx/Kinko's location and save the $5 pickup surcharge. (The LBS I have pack my bike is around the corner from one such location so the guys there walk the bike over there after packing it.)


The one thing I don't like about the service is the 10-day thing. That's fine at the start, but if you are on tour for longer than 10 days you cannot get a return shipping label before you start the tour. That means you have to find a computer with a printer at some point to print the return shipping label. For me, that has meant having to make trips to local libraries in Missoula and Rapid City on the last days of tours. Fortunately, I have finished tours on days and at times when they are open, but it's still a bit of a PITA.
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Old 05-19-17, 07:46 AM
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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
Reasonable, but I have not priced FedEx directly to see how it would compare. Can't believe it would cost that much more, but stranger things have happened.
I have. Retail is MUCH more.
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Old 05-19-17, 07:59 AM
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I used bikeflights to ship wheels from Altanta GA to Columbia SC.

Paid $18 online, dropped them off at the local fedex store and the buyer had them the next day.


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Old 05-19-17, 08:07 AM
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Its beginning bike Touring season out here , the Fed Ex guy is showing up more often.

But , the shop does not use that scheme to ship out*, so the customer has to do the arrangements for pick up.
and those costs.

LBS will box it up , and apply customer printed label.

*UPS business to business , say another bike shop in your hometown, or residence..
is what is used if you don't sort out the other on your own.




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Old 05-19-17, 05:39 PM
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You might want to google for reviews on how bikeflights handles damage. Maybe then FEDEX won't seem expensive. Just a thought....
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I used them in May to ship a tandem (2 cases) and a single bike (1 case) from California to New Hampshire and bikeflights shipping was flawless. So much easier than dragging those cases around an airport at both ends plus the taxi etc at both ends. Then there's TSA that messes with your bike avoided (I believe).

My question is how well it works internationally with customs etc (Italy). Will I ever see the bikes again?
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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
You might want to google for reviews on how bikeflights handles damage. Maybe then FEDEX won't seem expensive. Just a thought....
Um...Bikeflights uses FedEx. Just shipped my bike, racks, stove and fuel bottle to Missoula with them on Monday. The box is on the truck for delivery today. When you buy though Bikeflights you are buying FedEx shipping and are sent a pre-paid FedEx label. $77 for four-day shipping from Philly to Missoula with $2,000 in insurance.

My past three experiences with them have been great. But pay retail if it suits you. Just a thought.

Actually, it's inaccurate to say Bikeflights uses FedEx. It's basically a discount broker for FedEx bike shipping.
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My question is how well it works internationally with customs etc (Italy). Will I ever see the bikes again?
I know they are mentioned frequently in the touring section, so I checked into them for my last two tours. While still cheaper than retail FedEx, they get relatively expensive as soon as you leave the US, ~$600 each way when I quoted to Iceland for this month, and IIRC ~$800 to Belgium last year.

As far as seeing the bikes again, I have no idea why they would be any different than shipping regular FedEx.
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Yes! And check the dimensions of the box you are shipping in. If you remove cranks, sometimes fork and reduce the size of the box you can save even more. Every couple inches saved and the shipping price goes down. Their website allows you to imput the size and check price.
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Fortunately it's $215 for Italy (Tuscany). Italian customs is my concern about never seeing the bikes again. Italy is known for huge bureaucracy and red tape. With a little corruption thrown in.



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I know they are mentioned frequently in the touring section, so I checked into them for my last two tours. While still cheaper than retail FedEx, they get relatively expensive as soon as you leave the US, ~$600 each way when I quoted to Iceland for this month, and IIRC ~$800 to Belgium last year.

As far as seeing the bikes again, I have no idea why they would be any different than shipping regular FedEx.
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Fortunately it's $215 for Italy (Tuscany). Italian customs is my concern about never seeing the bikes again. Italy is known for huge bureaucracy and red tape. With a little corruption thrown in.
Ah, that's not too bad. If you are that worried, I'd hand carry them, it wouldn't matter which courier you use if the issue is customs folks.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Um...Bikeflights uses FedEx. Just shipped my bike, racks, stove and fuel bottle to Missoula with them on Monday. The box is on the truck for delivery today. When you buy though Bikeflights you are buying FedEx shipping and are sent a pre-paid FedEx label. $77 for four-day shipping from Philly to Missoula with $2,000 in insurance.

My past three experiences with them have been great. But pay retail if it suits you. Just a thought.

Actually, it's inaccurate to say Bikeflights uses FedEx. It's basically a discount broker for FedEx bike shipping.
Right, I know all that. But if you have to make a claim it's with bike flights not FEDEX and countless reviews show major issues with actually resolving a claim with Bikeflights themselves. Thus my original comments.

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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
The one thing I don't like about the service is the 10-day thing. That's fine at the start, but if you are on tour for longer than 10 days you cannot get a return shipping label before you start the tour. That means you have to find a computer with a printer at some point to print the return shipping label. For me, that has meant having to make trips to local libraries in Missoula and Rapid City on the last days of tours. Fortunately, I have finished tours on days and at times when they are open, but it's still a bit of a PITA.
Ty and I ran into this issue on a tour before but we found a way around it. When it asks for your shipping date just put one that'll make it so you get the label before you leave. If your tour is June 1 to July 1 then use "May 23" or something as the shipping date for both the original shipment and the return. FedEx labels don't expire so the date on it is irrelevant. The return shipment label for our tour a few years ago was dated 2 months before we physically shipped the bicycles home. No issues.

We love BikeFlights for their little known guarantee. If your bicycle arrives after the guaranteed date BikeFlights pays you $100 per day that it's late. Our bicycles have never been late but for $100/day I wouldn't mind if they were late on the return end.

It was $60 to ship both of our bicycles from Portland to Missoula including $5 to have FedEx pick them up. They shipped on Monday afternoon and arrived yesterday.
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where did you read the reviews? just curious. bike flights sent the info regarding international shipping and has plenty of caveats.

carrying our bikes ourselves presents difficulties - we are not young enough to schlep multiple cases even though we can still ride.

edit: just read the details. shipping a bike internationally for an extended stay (rather than a limited event) won't work. we would have to pay "duties, taxes and other customs fees". We will schlep 3 bike cases ... crap.


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Right, I know all that. But if you have to make a claim it's with bike flights not FEDEX and countless reviews show major issues with actually resolving a claim with Bikeflights themselves. Thus my original comments.

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Originally Posted by BNB View Post
where did you read the reviews? just curious. bike flights sent the info regarding international shipping and has plenty of caveats.

carrying our bikes ourselves presents difficulties - we are not young enough to schlep multiple cases even though we can still ride.
Here's one issue...

BIKEFLIGHTS.COM - MY EXPERIENCE | Page 3 | Rat Rod Bikes

I was curious about them so did some googling before bidding on a bike that was being shipped that way. I found several different incidences of problems with the claims process. Additionally a lot of folks seem to think since Bike Flights use FEDEX then FEDEX covers any damages. Just trying to point out that FEDEX is not who you'll be dealing with and that it may not be a smooth process.

Personally, even after the stuff I read I still have allowed them to be used for a couple of bikes I bought. But if I'm ever the responsible party for the shipment I might not use them.....

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