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Old 07-27-16, 11:36 AM
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To ship or not to ship...

Anyone here ever have the LBS break down and pack a bike for shipping then have another LBS assemble it? How much did it run you?

I just bought a new road bike and I'm giving my 3 year old Madone 4.5 to my son who wants to start training for triathlons since he's already a runner and a great swimmer as a Navy rescue swimmer. I'm figuring it's going to cost me about $60-$75 to have it broken down and packed by my trusty LBS, another $50-$75 for shipping. Then I called a shop up in VA Beach near him and they quoted me about $90 for putting it back together and another $35-$75 on fitting. I'm almost to the point where I might as well just burn the vacation days and drive the 900 miles to spend a long weekend with him. That way I can take my new bike and take him on an intro ride and teach him the ways of the velominati. I would also be able to go with him to buy pedals, shoes etc and steer him towards what he really needs as opposed to what the LBS might have him believe he really needs to get started with. My thing is we don't pay the military enough so however I can help him save on some stuff the better he'll be. It will also keep the future daughter in law happy as she's already asked him how much this is all going to cost him. I told him to remind her he's getting what was a $2500 bike three years ago FREE. Plus I can finally clean out my garage and take him some of my unused gear like a spare pump, spare wheels, spare 10 speed climbing cassette etc.

Anyway, was just curious what other people's experience was in shipping bikes. I'm kinda leaning towards driving it up so I can see him and take a tour of the helos he flies being an former Naval aviator myself.

Thanks all!
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Sounds like you already have the best plan figured out. Enjoy your trip!
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Originally Posted by floridamtb View Post
Anyone here ever have the LBS break down and pack a bike for shipping then have another LBS assemble it? How much did it run you?

Several times, and as recently as last month. What you will pay can vary wildly. For example, last month I shipped my touring bike from a LBS in Philly to the REI in Missoula and then had REI ship it back to the LBS after the tour. The LBS in Philly changed me $75 to professionally pack the bike and $75 to re-assemble and tune it. REI charged me only $40 for each of those services.


If you do decide to ship, check out bikeflights.com. They are basically a discount FedEx broker for bike shipping. shipping The rate will likely be less than what you will pay if you have your LBS ship it. You can have the LBS box the bike, buy shipping from bikeflights and then take the bike to any FedEx or FedEx/Kinko's location. Or it can be picked up from the shop for an additional $5. If you know the origin and destination zip codes and approximate weight and size of the boxed bike, you can get a free quote on the bikeflights web site.
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
Sounds like you already have the best plan figured out. Enjoy your trip!
Thanks!
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Several times, and as recently as last month.
Thanks, I'll check them out if I decide to ship. But the more I think about it the road trip sounds like a great idea.

Thanks again!
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Your idea sounds like like an all-win scenario to me, regardless of cost. Do that if you can!
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I'd make the trip. The LBS in VA Beach quoted "about $90". I'm betting when all would be said and done they're wanting at least $150 for "problems" they have to deal with.
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Originally Posted by floridamtb View Post
Anyone here ever have the LBS break down and pack a bike for shipping then have another LBS assemble it? How much did it run you?

Anyway, was just curious what other people's experience was in shipping bikes. I'm kinda leaning towards driving it up so I can see him and take a tour of the helos he flies being an former Naval aviator myself.

Thanks all!
Go to youtube the learn how easy it is to pack your own bike. And you'll learn that it's easy to reassemble it. The ship it from and to wherever.

I'm on good terms with my local bike shop and they are happy to give me a used bike box. It won't cost you anything to ask for a free box from your local shop. Get the smallest possible box into which you can fit your bike.

Shipping depends on weight and size distance. You can go online with FedEx or UPS to get the approximate cost for your bike.
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Originally Posted by CrankyNeck View Post
I'd make the trip. The LBS in VA Beach quoted "about $90". I'm betting when all would be said and done they're wanting at least $150 for "problems" they have to deal with.
Yeah I'd love to be there if they tried. The bike has had Trek Care+ since I bought it meaning chains, cassettes, cables, bottom brackets, headset bearings etc have all been well maintained and replaced when needed at no cost to me. But then if they did say there was a problem I'd just say "that's okay, replace it under Trek Care" and give them a nice smile as my Trek Care doesn't expire until December.
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I just sold and shipped a bike last week. Paid my LBS $60 to break it down and box it up, and $60 (Bikeflights) to ship to the buyer.
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