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Old 06-25-10, 10:36 PM
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shipping a bike

Im going on a bike trip and need to ship my road bike. I was going to check it as baggage but im on a small plane and the box wont fit through the cargo door so im screwed. I looked at fedex and ups but they quote me like $130 each way. thats way too expensive for me. anyone have any cheaper companies or suggestions? thanks
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*im flying to connceticut but the bike cant go on the plane with me as baggage. too big
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This is so weird, international flights can take your bike w/o any problem. To ship a bike is 130 bucks? Well if you do ground probably will be a lot less.

Can you drive to destination or ground send the bike like 10 days ahead or something?
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well ups is being gay. if i ship it today, the 26th, the quote doesnt give me a ground option. If I ship it tomorrow, the 27th, i get a ground option for $50 which sounds about right. UPS+Fedex=FedUp
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so i get there and the box is 52.5 not 51 like i said on the phone so that 2.5 inches took the price from $70 to $120. I had to pay it because i couldnt get a smaller box and still fit the bike
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Cut the box, if the box is too long and too high just cut it. For example, the box is too long, around 5 to 10 inches too long, cut it and sleeve the part you just cut. U need goot tape anyways but sleeving the box into the cut pieces will make the box stronger after all. I have done this to ship frames overseas, in this way i can get them into the right size for shipping. Always u can send the bike in two boxes, one for the wheels, one for the frame. Probably is even cheaper that way.
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Shipping my bike from Los Angeles to New York City one way, via Fed Ex Residential Ground, was a little over $50 last March. I got the bike box from a bike shop, so there was no problem with getting the right-sized container.
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Originally Posted by mtb_man_14
so i get there and the box is 52.5 not 51 like i said on the phone so that 2.5 inches took the price from $70 to $120. I had to pay it because i couldnt get a smaller box and still fit the bike
Thats because its dimensional weight and not actual weight. They have planners that pack each crate and they have "X" amount of boxes and space. It's like packing a cargo ship.

As for any other options...have you contacted the airline your flying? See if they have another flight leaving earlier or a bigger plane leaving that day...see if you can tell them your on another flight and need to get this to your destination...
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I've heard of people shipping things by bus. Not sure of the pick-up logistics & timing.
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Originally Posted by mtb_man_14
Im going on a bike trip and need to ship my road bike. I was going to check it as baggage but im on a small plane and the box wont fit through the cargo door so im screwed. I looked at fedex and ups but they quote me like $130 each way. thats way too expensive for me. anyone have any cheaper companies or suggestions? thanks
where's your home base? $130 sounds excessive. i got a quote of $45 one way from NYC to NC
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