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Old 02-09-18, 10:43 AM
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How to ship empty S&S coupler case?

This is a soft-sided 26x26x10 co-motion case. Can it be shipped without a containing cardboard box?

Any experience doing this?
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Old 02-09-18, 10:52 AM
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Stick a label in it you make from your printer.. My LBS ships out bikes using https://www.bikeflights.com/ and receives them,

via UPS & Fed Ex,, weight being part of the pricing, girth being the other, empty should cost less..

IDK your definition of 'soft sided', just a lightly padded bag?? plastic bag it rather than box?
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Originally Posted by northerntier View Post
T...soft-sided 26x26x10 co-motion case. Can it be shipped without a containing cardboard box?...
if you mean this softside suitcase, a simple goggle search "ship suitcase by post"
gives you many options. post, ups, dhl, and dedicated luggage forwarders. these
companies have websites with shipping information and contact numbers if more needed.

https://co-motion.com/product/travel-case
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Old 02-09-18, 01:49 PM
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Shipped a soft case in California to my destination. Took it to a parcel store and they determined the cheapest option. Think it was UPS. No box required and it arrived before I did.
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When I shipped my S & S backpack case home ( Backpack bike case for a folding travel bicycle ), I collapsed it to it's smallest size and took it to FebEx where they boxed it and shipped it. I can't imagine having sent it without a box. I'm sure it was more expensive to let them box it up, but I was in a hurry to get rid of it.
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I've had stuff arrive without boxes, but I'd probably try to stuff your case into a box and ship.

Although, if it is a hard ABS case, I'd go boxless.

Usually, if one has a larger box, it is easy enough to cut to size, and use lots of tape.
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Old 02-09-18, 02:58 PM
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Old 02-09-18, 04:30 PM
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I assume that the case can't be collapsed for shipping. My S&S Backpack case can be disassembled to make it more compact, I think I could pack it in a box from a liquor store.

If you can't collapse it, I would ask Co-Motion for advice. I suspect they will say to look for a way to box it. Or, make a box out of the cardboard from a bike box, the sides of a bike box are big enough you should be able to make a box. A pizza cutter is good at scoring cardboard before you try to crease it.

Do you have a center support in the case? I would be worried that a package handler would stack stuff on top of it and collapse it.

Off the wall idea - contact bike flights, you might be able to ship it in a small bike box for a price that is not too bad?
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BikeFlights won't work on a weekend, and yes, como says to build a box to ship it in.
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I have shipped my soft S&S backpack case, my full sized padded bike bag, and my 100L mountaineering duffle many times. I have used Fedex, UPS, and regular post. I generally prefer regular post because it is the cheapest. Even the slowest postal service is still faster than my bike. I ship my bags without any kind of wrapping. One time a post office gave me a man sized nylon sack to stuff my bags into.

I have also on one occasion left my bags at my starting point, had the bike boxed by a bike shop at the ending point, flown back to the starting point and repacked my bike inside my own bag, and then flown home.
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Originally Posted by alan s View Post
Shipped a soft case in California to my destination. Took it to a parcel store and they determined the cheapest option. Think it was UPS. No box required and it arrived before I did.
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I collapsed it to it's smallest size and took it to FebEx where they boxed it and shipped it. I can't imagine having sent it without a box. I'm sure it was more expensive to let them box it up, but I was in a hurry to get rid of it.
My experience with taking stuff to the UPS store has been that I always wound up paying more. Usually a lot more. I bet FedEx would be similar. When I have had a bike shop ship my bike shipping wound up costing about half what I was charged at the UPS store. When using shipbikes.com it was typically a little less yet.
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Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
My experience with taking stuff to the UPS store has been that I always wound up paying more. Usually a lot more. I bet FedEx would be similar. When I have had a bike shop ship my bike shipping wound up costing about half what I was charged at the UPS store. When using shipbikes.com it was typically a little less yet.
Didnít take it to a UPS store. It was just a shipping store that uses all shippers. They check to see which would be the least expensive. I actually put a smaller suitcase inside, spare tools and extra clothes, so the case was pretty fully. Probably cost around $20 to ship the case, but I donít recall exactly. Pretty reasonable. Boxing the case would have added weight and volume, which would have cost more.
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Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
My experience with taking stuff to the UPS store has been that I always wound up paying more. Usually a lot more. I bet FedEx would be similar. When I have had a bike shop ship my bike shipping wound up costing about half what I was charged at the UPS store. When using shipbikes.com it was typically a little less yet.
Definitely going to FedEx directly was not the cheapest way. In my case, I had set myself what turned out to be an unreasonable goal for the day: assemble bike, ship case ahead, pack bike, ride 60 miles to camp (in the rain, as it turned out). Getting to FedEx was easiest and closest, and I probably would have balked at the price of shipping under other circumstances, but I just needed that step done, so I could move on.
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It might be cheaper to hit the liquor store and grab a bunch of boxes, use a box cutter to cut them down to fit, stuff the bag, and then mail/FedEx/UPS it. Empty boxes are light, but they should maintain the size and shape of the case as long as they don't toss it on the bottom of the stack.

Maybe add a sampler bottle of liquor from the store and put a "fragile" sticker on the case?
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If you are shipping someplace that Greyhound goes, try getting a quote from them. Sometimes they are cheapest for full bike boxes and S&S sized boxes, especially if any specials are going on. Get insurance on bikes.
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Airline tags the suit case handles with a tough material that sticks to itself.. replicate that.

get it labeled in several places and put some inside too,

then if the rest of the packaging is shredded, in transit, at least it can arrive. to your destination
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Airline tags the suit case handles with a tough material that sticks to itself.. replicate that.

get it labeled in several places and put some inside too,

then if the rest of the packaging is shredded, in transit, at least it can arrive. to your destination
Good idea.
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UPS and FedEx will ship basically anything you can get a label on** (within reason). I say just tape a label outside (with LOTS of clear packing tape wrapped around the case) and put a back-up label inside the case in case the outer one falls off.

If it were me, and I had the time, I'd build a box for it out of an old bike box or something. That size goes by "dimensional weight," so you are paying a fixed weight price whether it weighs five pounds or 20.

**I recently had a full-size trailer hitch for my Honda shipped to me, and all they did was stuck a label on the metal hitch. No other packaging!
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UPS and FedEx will ship basically anything you can get a label on** ...
**I recently had a full-size trailer hitch for my Honda shipped to me, and all they did was stuck a label on the metal hitch. No other packaging!
confirmed! i loaded/unloaded trucks on the midnight shift at ups during college.
everyone dreaded the trucks that came from a certain location......transmissions.

as to the case, do what we all do with bike boxes.
roll up a couple of cardboard cylinders to support the inside.
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Fedex, UPS etc all wanted >$100 for shipping the empty case, w/ or w/o a surrounding cardboard case.

BikeFlight will take it without a case, is using Fedex, but is only charging $37.
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