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Old 05-14-22, 12:14 AM
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New tandem enthusiastics with big problem.

Hello friends,
My wife and I decided to give up our gas car and now we move on our bikes and train. Very recently we purchased an used tandem bike on ebay. The seller lives in Fairfield, Connecticut and we live in Los Angeles, California. The seller lady can not pack and ship the bike to us so we are stuck tried to use FedEx services to pick up and ship the bike to not avail. We don't want to cancel our purchase since we both are really excited about riding together during our senior years. PLEASE HELP US with a suggestion. GLADYS AND VICTOR.

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Old 05-14-22, 01:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Bioethical
Hello friends,
My wife and I decided to give up our gas car and now we move on our bikes and train. Very recently we purchased an used tandem bike on ebay. The seller lives in Fairfield, Connecticut and we live in Los Angeles, California. The seller lady can not pack and ship the bike to us so we are stuck tried to use FedEx services to pick up and ship the bike to not avail. We don't want to cancel our purchase since we both are really excited about riding together during our senior years. PLEASE HELP US with a suggestion. GLADYS AND VICTOR.

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contact a bike shop near the seller and see if they will pack the bike in a box. Usually two single bike boxes taped together. Then use bikeflights or shipbikes to arrange for pickup and delivery.
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Old 05-14-22, 08:35 AM
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Thank you for your advice.

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contact a bike shop near the seller and see if they will pack the bike in a box. Usually two single bike boxes taped together. Then use bikeflights or shipbikes to arrange for pickup and delivery.
Maybe it would help if we call bike flights and shipbikes and ask them if they know a local bikes shop that can do the packing. What do you think 🤔?
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They are unlikely to know.

I think most bike shops would do it for a fee. I did this several years ago when I bought a used bike.
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Originally Posted by Bioethical
Maybe it would help if we call bike flights and shipbikes and ask them if they know a local bikes shop that can do the packing. What do you think 🤔?
"Quitting my gas car was the only thing I could do to contribute to the good of mother earth and our health"
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Congratulations on your good choice, both ethically and in choosing a tandem. My wife and I bought a tandem 4 years ago and haven't regretted it for one moment. We also decided to get rid of our car and now we cycle everywhere in all weathers, either on our solo bikes when going about our own things, but generally on the tandem. I hope you sort out getting your tandem delivered soon.
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Originally Posted by Bioethical
"Quitting my gas car was the only thing I could do to contribute to the good of mother earth and our health"
👍I can offer a few additional ideas if you are interested.
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Your suggestion is great but nobody wants to pack a tandem

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contact a bike shop near the seller and see if they will pack the bike in a box. Usually two single bike boxes taped together. Then use bikeflights or shipbikes to arrange for pickup and delivery.
Thank you mikebian. I called seven businesses in the Fairfield area and offered even more than $200 for packing the tandem. The seller lady is willing to drop it off at any bike shop in the area of Fairfield, Connecticut.

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Thank you very much. I tried hard but no bike shop in the Fairfield area wants to package a tandem bicycle.

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Thank you iandusud. I appreciate your words.
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Thank you reburns!
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Originally Posted by Bioethical
Thank you mikebian. I called seven businesses in the Fairfield area and offered even more than $200 for packing the tandem. The seller lady is willing to drop it off at any bike shop in the area of Fairfield, Connecticut.
Sorry to hear that. I guess I got lucky when I bought mine a few years ago. I am not sure what else to suggest.
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Originally Posted by Bioethical
Hello friends,
My wife and I decided to give up our gas car and now we move on our bikes and train. Very recently we purchased an used tandem bike on ebay. The seller lives in Fairfield, Connecticut and we live in Los Angeles, California. The seller lady can not pack and ship the bike to us so we are stuck tried to use FedEx services to pick up and ship the bike to not avail. We don't want to cancel our purchase since we both are really excited about riding together during our senior years. PLEASE HELP US with a suggestion. GLADYS AND VICTOR.

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Couldn't help but think the tandem you purchased must be pretty special to justify an out of area purchase given that the used tandem market in S CA provides plenty of local opportunity. My wife is an artist and has used an individual who specializes in transporting art around the country at rates far lower than the bigger specialty carriers. He came to mind and I contacted him. $1,500. If interested, I can provide you with his contact info.
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Try searching for a bike club in or near Fairfield. If you find one, as them if they know anyone who can assist. Start with : https://www.soundcyclists.com
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If the sale can be cancelled, then, IMO that is the most practical way forward. As was observed earlier there are tons of used tandems local to the o.p. and it seems somewhat out of keeping with an environmentally conscious outlook to want to transport something as unwieldy as a tandem bicycle clear across the country. As awkward as I can imagine it will be, backing out of this deal, you will be, I think, better off for going through that pain. FWIW.
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Originally Posted by Bioethical
Thank you very much. I tried hard but no bike shop in the Fairfield area wants to package a tandem bicycle.
You might try giving Mel at Tandems East a call. He may have connections that might be able to help.
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How to pack & ship tandem

Many UPS stores will pack and ship a tandem. Have used them several times.
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See if there are any REI stores near the seller. I used them to pack and ship a tandem I bought on the West Coast to me on the East Coast. They did a very good job and were reasonable. That said, the idea of packing a tandem scares many people due to the oversize box and all that, so I'm not surprised shops are not very eager to handle it. Especially given how busy most bike shops are with repairs nowadays. Unless you got a good deal on the perfect bike, I agree with others that I'd look for something more local to you. Between packing and shipping costs, you're likely to spend $300-500 just on that.
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