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How to ship a Bike

Hey guys, Im going to Crystal Lake, IL this summer from Brandon, FL. I was just curious how I would get my bike there? Should I take it on the plane? Ship it ground shipping? What should I do? Thanks <3
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If you don't know how to pack it you might want to have your local bike shop ship it for you. Keep in mind, shipping is probably going to be in the $70 - $100 range each way. It will cost about the same on a plane.
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this site: https://www.bikeflights.com/ saved me a considerable amount of money last time I shipped a bike. Didn't even have to leave the house either, printed the label, paid the shipping, and scheduled the pickup all on the couch.
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Originally Posted by LowCel
If you don't know how to pack it you might want to have your local bike shop ship it for you. Keep in mind, shipping is probably going to be in the $70 - $100 range each way. It will cost about the same on a plane.
How much will it be for the LBS to pack it normally?
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this site: https://www.bikeflights.com/ saved me a considerable amount of money last time I shipped a bike. Didn't even have to leave the house either, printed the label, paid the shipping, and scheduled the pickup all on the couch.
I've heard about them but never used them. Have heard a lot of good feedback about them though.
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How much will it be for the LBS to pack it normally?
Anywhere from $25 to $50 I would guess. I'm not picking on you and don't mean this negatively, but if you bought the bike from them they would probably do it free. Just an fyi for next time.
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Originally Posted by LowCel
Anywhere from $25 to $50 I would guess. I'm not picking on you and don't mean this negatively, but if you bought the bike from them they would probably do it free. Just an fyi for next time.
Thanks for the tip... I'll see what I can do
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Originally Posted by weaver
this site: https://www.bikeflights.com/ saved me a considerable amount of money last time I shipped a bike. Didn't even have to leave the house either, printed the label, paid the shipping, and scheduled the pickup all on the couch.
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I rented a bike case from an LBS for a week. It cost $50 for the week and packing the bike was fairly self explanatory, though there are several videos on YewToob showing how to do it if you need any pointers. The type of case that I used kept the wheels separate from the frame with a sheet of thick foam, and that was OK for my mode of travel (Train); but if I were to ship it or trust it to airline baggage handlers, I'd want to pack the wheels in their own wheel case or get a much more robust bike case than what was available to me.
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I would ship it usually carriers like UPS FedEx are dependable easy to get claims on damage and stuff doesn't get lost. Depending on the box also depends on the level of break down. I got a box from Amtrak and all I had to do was take the pedals off loosen the handlebars and was good to go. If you get a box that manufactures ship bikes in your going to have to disassemble it more and your going to have to support the front forks. You can also purchase hard cases from nashbar which in my opinion would save you some dough if you plan on shipping it a lot.
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I once used High Country Shipping www.highcountryshipping.com - worked very well for me.

Just one consideration: If you're handy, this won't be an issue for you. If not, then you'll need to get your LBS to box the bike for you (about $40 to $60), an LBS at your destination to re-build the bike ... and then the same thing for your return trip.

BTW - the LBS will usually give you a shipping box - they usually have dozens lying around.
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Fed Ex Ground disappointed me last year. Despite my very careful packing, the bike arrived at its destination with a large dent in the top tube. Questioning my local Fed Ex office, the nice folks there told me that shipping by ground, as opposed to air, puts a package, like a bike, at far higher risk of damage. Too bad they didn't tell me that in advance; in truth, I've shipped bikes by Fed Ex Ground several times and never had a problem. However, I won't use that service again.
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get a big bike bag and check it in. a soft one is good.
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