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Old 02-05-18, 08:49 PM
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Sending luggage ahead where they will hold it for extended period?

Hello Is there a service that isn't too expensive that I can send my luggage to where they will hold it for a month?.....HEY! I just thought of General delivery to myself because they hold packages for 30 days correct? And it is free aside from the actual shipping.

Thanks for letting me bounce this idea off you guy's.
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Old 02-05-18, 09:13 PM
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As a bicycle store owner for over twelve years, I think if you called a few bike stores where you are destined for, you may be able to work something out. They tend to store boxed bikes. I don't know about an entire month, but if you make it worth their while, they might consider it. If you were to have the bike reassembled/ tuned up for some compensation, they may do it. you really need to call around.
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Old 02-06-18, 12:25 AM
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Maybe a WarmShowers host?
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Old 02-06-18, 06:35 AM
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How much luggage are we talking about? I have never used the USPS for really big packages.

That said I have had good luck with General Delivery. We sometimes have put a sticker on the package explaining that we were cross country cyclists and asking that they hold until we arrive. Not sure if that really would buy you more than the 30 days though.

If you need more than 30 days...
You could extend the time by sending it general delivery to a post office on your route, receiving it there and immediately sending it further down the road again via general delivery. That would cost you more in postage though.

We have also decided we were not yet ready for a package and forwarded it down the road. The good news is that they don't charge you for the forwarding. You can do that from any post office, so you don't need to go to the specific one the package is shipped to. They may or may not start counting the thirty days from when you forwarded it.

This one may be iffy, but we also have used a return address of another General Delivery address, but never actually ran out of time so that it went there. The postal clerk actually suggested this one to us when we were bouncing a package ahead further.

Another option might be to mail it home and have someone there mail it to you via general delivery when you are ready for it. I think this is what I'd do if it were going to be more than 30 days.

I have had a Warmshowers host hold a large case for me once, but didn't mail it to them.
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Old 02-06-18, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by thepetester View Post
...I can send my luggage to where they will hold it for a month?....
just empty luggage?

buy cheap disposable bags/cases from goodwill in each direction.
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Old 02-06-18, 10:21 AM
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If I had left my bicycle in its box after landing at Gatwick airport then took it on the train to London, I could have .

Used the Left Luggage service at the rail station. but not the bike out of the box. (this trip in 1988)




If the OP were to book a reservation at a Hotel say one nearest the Airport , they may be able to use that Hotel as the delivery address..

Were you to make arraignments with a Bike Shop, if my LBS is any indication..
They take in Bikes in cartons shipped ahead, ( maybe your empty hard case for your bike is what you need where you arrive?)

if marked do not assemble the fee for storing it until they arrive was $10.. (reassembled fee $50+ any missing parts that need replacing) ..

so I'd expect that could be worked out in advance, phone ahead..

{if my LBS is any normal, incoming E-mails are so many , yours would be lost in the volume..)






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A random stranger sending random packages for a person/store to "hold" for a month...

In this day and age I think even the most trusting person would be weary of that.
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In the case of my Local Shop, an ACA member, they do it a lot during the brief summer touring season ..

Receiving, early on, then shipping out later on, as the riders arrive ..

and choose to not turn around and ride back across the continent..
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1) I've sent a box ahead to a Hotel where I have a room reservation.

2) General Delivery - if you're likely to be pushing the 30 day limit, prepare the box ahead of time and have a friend mail it closer to the intended arrival date. This is standard thru-hiker practice. Be kind to the postal workers and note on the box "Expected pick up date approx MONTH DATE YEAR"
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