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Old 04-17-20, 04:08 PM
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Help: Courier service in Canada

Hey guys. Anyone know a good courier service in Canada that can deliver a bike from Giant Langley to Sechelt? My brother wants to buy a bike from them, but they said they canít ship it, but they can box it and my brother can have a courier pick it up. Also, any idea how much itíll cost?

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Unfortunately we don't have services like Bike Flights in Canada but you do have a few options.

1. The dealer that you purchase the bike from will have a commercial account with FedEx or Purlolator and you can ask them to ship it. It will be much cheaper than you trying to send it. If they can box it they can ship it. Commercial accounts do not get charged as much as the average consumer.

2. Check Craigslist in the moving section and see if someone is going to that area and have them deliver it. I have done this before getting a piece of furniture from Ottawa to Toronto. Sometimes moving companies will post about having extra space in their trucks.

3. Use Greyhound parcel services. Take the box to the shipping terminal and send it through their freight services. I have done this multiple times using different bus services. Your brother will pick up the bike at the bus station.

4. Post your own ad looking for someone to deliver. Yes, this gets trickier.

5. Last, pay the big bucks and have Purolator do it at his expense. This will be crazy expensive. I did a quick check and it was $230 and this was without insurance.
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Old 04-18-20, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by blakcloud View Post
Unfortunately we don't have services like Bike Flights in Canada but you do have a few options.

1. The dealer that you purchase the bike from will have a commercial account with FedEx or Purlolator and you can ask them to ship it. It will be much cheaper than you trying to send it. If they can box it they can ship it. Commercial accounts do not get charged as much as the average consumer.

2. Check Craigslist in the moving section and see if someone is going to that area and have them deliver it. I have done this before getting a piece of furniture from Ottawa to Toronto. Sometimes moving companies will post about having extra space in their trucks.

3. Use Greyhound parcel services. Take the box to the shipping terminal and send it through their freight services. I have done this multiple times using different bus services. Your brother will pick up the bike at the bus station.

4. Post your own ad looking for someone to deliver. Yes, this gets trickier.

5. Last, pay the big bucks and have Purolator do it at his expense. This will be crazy expensive. I did a quick check and it was $230 and this was without insurance.
Purolator only makes sense for high volume shippers. They purposely price themselves to discourage low volume business. True story, my wife used to work in their inside sales department.
Expect much better rates from Canpar.
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Old 04-18-20, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by blakcloud View Post
Unfortunately we don't have services like Bike Flights in Canada but you do have a few options.

1. The dealer that you purchase the bike from will have a commercial account with FedEx or Purlolator and you can ask them to ship it. It will be much cheaper than you trying to send it. If they can box it they can ship it. Commercial accounts do not get charged as much as the average consumer.

2. Check Craigslist in the moving section and see if someone is going to that area and have them deliver it. I have done this before getting a piece of furniture from Ottawa to Toronto. Sometimes moving companies will post about having extra space in their trucks.

3. Use Greyhound parcel services. Take the box to the shipping terminal and send it through their freight services. I have done this multiple times using different bus services. Your brother will pick up the bike at the bus station.

4. Post your own ad looking for someone to deliver. Yes, this gets trickier.

5. Last, pay the big bucks and have Purolator do it at his expense. This will be crazy expensive. I did a quick check and it was $230 and this was without insurance.
My brother contacted Purolator. $320 cad. I think UPS is charging around 300.
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Old 04-18-20, 06:25 PM
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Heís buying a Fathom 2 29er (2019), on sale for $1175 cad total with taxes. If the shipping is 320, itís almost $1500 cad, just a 100 off the 2020 Fathom 2. Weird though, the Fathom 2 2020 fork is Giant Crest, but when i looked at thebikeshop.com, they have the Raidon instead.
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Originally Posted by iamLefty View Post
Hey guys. Anyone know a good courier service in Canada that can deliver a bike from Giant Langley to Sechelt? My brother wants to buy a bike from them, but they said they canít ship it, but they can box it and my brother can have a courier pick it up. Also, any idea how much itíll cost?

I hope you all are doiní good. Stay safe.
Langley, BC, to Sechelt, BC, is a two and a half hour drive according to Google Maps. I don't know if that includes the time for the ferry across Howe Sound. Perhaps you or your brother should just make a day trip out of it.

In the United States, I have had bikes shipped on two occasions from California to Virginia and vice versa. Both times, the shipment was from bike shop to bike shop. I vaguely recall the total cost each time was about $250, which included 1) the cost for the first bike shop to disassemble the bike and put it in a box, 2) the cost to ship the bike across the country, and 3) the cost for the second bike shop to unbox the bike and reassemble it. My vague recollection is that each of the two bike shops charged about $75 and the shipping company charged about $100. I vaguely recall the shipping company was FedEx, but I might be wrong about that.
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Just drive and pick it up. It's 110km's plus a short ferry ride.

We do that drive as a day trip whenever we dive Tuwanek from around there.
Seems weird they wouldn't arrange shipping. Business must be too good for them to be bothered.
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Just drive and pick it up. It's 110km's plus a short ferry ride.

We do that drive as a day trip whenever we dive Tuwanek from around there.
Seems weird they wouldn't arrange shipping. Business must be too good for them to be bothered.
The bike was actually for in-store and pickup only, not allowed to be shipped. Itís what it says on the webpage. But they said they can box it for him, and my brother can have any courier pick it up. Iím sure they allow shipping normally, but thereís covid virus these days and stores have their own safety measures. He also contacted thebikeshop.com to see if they can allow shipping. Like that from Langley, itís for in-store pickup only. They have the same bike on sale, but for 200 more. Off the Edge is just walking distance where he lives, he went there earlier but they only have Fathom 1, which is too pricey for him. He has no license yet so he canít drive, heís only been there about 8 or 9 months i think. Iím not from there, just heping him get a bike.
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Old 04-18-20, 09:02 PM
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Seems weird they wouldn't arrange shipping. Business must be too good for them to be bothered.
Covid safety precautions maybe. It says itís for in-store pickup only, theyíll box it and any courier my brother gets can pick it up.
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Old 04-19-20, 01:24 AM
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Thebikeshop.com messaged they can ship to Sechelt. $100 cad.

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