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Old 06-17-12, 11:52 AM
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Sending a bike to Bozeman

Hi All,

I'm doing a tour from Bozeman to Cody, WY via Yellowstone in late August. I'm wondering if anyone knows of any options for shipping your bike to Bozeman (much cheaper/easier than oversized checked luggage on the flight). Should I call local bike shops and see if they can receive and store it for a fee? I've never done this kind of thing before. Any helpful ideas are welcome. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by pretzelkins
Should I call local bike shops and see if they can receive and store it for a fee?
Yes, someone should be willing to "help" for the right incentive, especially if your bike is going to be taking up space in the back room for only a few days before your arrival.
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Yes, someone should be willing to "help" for the right incentive, especially if your bike is going to be taking up space in the back room for only a few days before your arrival.
Is this a service Adventure Cycling offers? www.adventurecycling.org
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ACA is in Missoula, not Bozeman, so I do not see how they can help the OP.
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Originally Posted by seeker333
ACA is in Missoula, not Bozeman, so I do not see how they can help the OP.
Oops. My mistake.
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Most bike shops will accept your bike, and reassemble it for you. Have it ready to ride. If you don't want to pay Fedex/UPS rates, check about sending it by bus. Might be much less expensive. And more inconvenient. I was told they'll hold it up to 30 days.
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There are about a half dozen wramshowers hosts in Bozeman, I am sure one of them would be willing to help.
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I prefer to fly with my bike to my tour. The cost is quite reasonable if you fly with Frontier or Southwest. Southwest doesn't fly to Boseman, but Frontier does and bikes fly free on all but their cheapest class flights. On those I think it is something like $25. I have never been able to ship a bike that cheap. Also IMO there is something special about starting out on your bike from the airport.

That said almost any bike shop will accept your bike, for a fee. Many Warmshowers hosts would do it for free. I have often had a bike shop ship my bike home to avoid having to deal with it in a strange city. Cost was usually about $100 split between the UPS cost and the packing charge of the bike shop.
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Originally Posted by staehpj1
I prefer to fly with my bike to my tour. The cost is quite reasonable if you fly with Frontier or Southwest. Southwest doesn't fly to Boseman, but Frontier does and bikes fly free on all but their cheapest class flights. On those I think it is something like $25. I have never been able to ship a bike that cheap. Also IMO there is something special about starting out on your bike from the airport.

That said almost any bike shop will accept your bike, for a fee. Many Warmshowers hosts would do it for free. I have often had a bike shop ship my bike home to avoid having to deal with it in a strange city. Cost was usually about $100 split between the UPS cost and the packing charge of the bike shop.
Thanks all, and thanks staehpj for the insights. I will actually be flying Frontier there, but am flying Delta back. Maybe I'll take it on the plane and then ship it back from Cody. Only thing I'm worried about is my bike getting misplaced during the transfer at PDX.
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Originally Posted by pretzelkins
Thanks all, and thanks staehpj for the insights. I will actually be flying Frontier there, but am flying Delta back. Maybe I'll take it on the plane and then ship it back from Cody. Only thing I'm worried about is my bike getting misplaced during the transfer at PDX.
One really good thing about shipping a bike ahead is you are going to be fairly certain it will be there when you arrive.
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Originally Posted by pretzelkins
...Maybe I'll take it on the plane and then ship it back from Cody. Only thing I'm worried about is my bike getting misplaced during the transfer at PDX.
I would like to add that it is a very nice little airport and friendly to ride out from. It is actually off of an area called Belgrade, set-out some distance from Bozeman. Extremely low auto traffic. That whole area is in the Gallatin Valley so you get some farm land riding before you get into the mountains. Late August is a late tour start though. Winter cold starts early there. I have been snowed on many times in Big Sky in August. It's a beautiful place. You are going to love that tour.
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Originally Posted by pretzelkins
Thanks all, and thanks staehpj for the insights. I will actually be flying Frontier there, but am flying Delta back. Maybe I'll take it on the plane and then ship it back from Cody. Only thing I'm worried about is my bike getting misplaced during the transfer at PDX.
Shipbikes.com offers pickup service and boxes. Not too expensive but not a cheap as putting the bike on Frontier. Be careful about box size, however, I recently shipped a bike in box that was 1" larger oversize and it cost me close to 4 times the rate of a properly sized box. Shipbikes' boxes are the proper size for shipment.

Edit: It wasn't Shipbikes that charged me such an exorbitant fee, by the way. I shipped via UPS before I knew about Shipbikes. I won't go that route again.
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Originally Posted by pretzelkins
Thanks all, and thanks staehpj for the insights. I will actually be flying Frontier there, but am flying Delta back. Maybe I'll take it on the plane and then ship it back from Cody. Only thing I'm worried about is my bike getting misplaced during the transfer at PDX.
If you haven't already, when you see what Delta charges for a bike you will almost certainly go that route. Foor our last two tours out west we have shipped UPS to/from local shops. Check with shops in Cody ahead of time. At the end of a tour, it's nice to be able to drop your bike off at a shop and go have a beer.

As for the transfer, when I have flown with a bike, I have rush to the gate for the second leg and watched for the box to be loaded. Also, check to see if the employee at the gate can scan your claim check to see if the box has made the transfer. I did that on Northwest a couple of times. The tag on each piece of luggage was scanned just before it was placed on the conveyor leading to the cargo hold. When my claim check was scanned, the screen showed the bikle had been loaded.
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Wow, thanks for all the great advice people. This was definitely the place to come with this type of question. Very helpful, all of you. I do like the idea of setting up my bike at the airport and just taking off, as well as the idea of just dropping the bike off in Cody and grabbing a burger and a beer.

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Late August is a late tour start though. Winter cold starts early there. I have been snowed on many times in Big Sky in August. It's a beautiful place. You are going to love that tour.
Yeah. I'm waiting for my buddy's semester to end so I can go with a friend. Guess I'll be bringing my 15F bag. Looks like it can drop down to around freezing at night but be in the 70s during the day. I'm prepared for it to be a bit chilly and am taking the necessary precautions. Better than scorchingly hot! What's the bear situation like that time of year? Are there going to be a bunch of jumpy moms with cubs?
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Originally Posted by pretzelkins
...What's the bear situation like that time of year? Are there going to be a bunch of jumpy moms with cubs?
The few bears that I have seen there have all been on day hikes in remote high elevation areas. I have never seen any around road elevations, but that of course does not mean they are not there. The closest encounter I had was with a group of about 20 hikers as we were summiting a ridgeline the bear was also coming up at the same time from the other side and so we were all there at the top together face to face with the bear. What happened next was comical rather than terror... Picture 20 hikers all with bear spray canisters panicking and shooting spray in all directions. We all basically hit each other with the spray. Meanwhile, the bear just kind of calmly meandered around alittle and then wondered off. I don't think anybody actually hit the bear with spray at all, but did a good job of nailing each other with it. Anyways, I regard the bears as a non-issue. Always a good idea to keep yourself separated from your food overnight though.

Yeah, you should definately have some good riding weather in late August, but need to be prepared for possible cold.
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Hahahahaha. Wow. That's a great story.

I always bring some parachord for stringing up the food at night, but I assume Yellowstone also requires a bear canister?
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Originally Posted by pretzelkins
Hahahahaha. Wow. That's a great story.

I always bring some parachord for stringing up the food at night, but I assume Yellowstone also requires a bear canister?
The campgrounds all have bear boxes there. So unless you will be in the back country you won't need to hang food in Yellowstone. Most other parks where bears are an issue will also have bear boxes.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
I shipped via UPS before I knew about Shipbikes. I won't go that route again.
I did this too and learned the hard way. I shipped mine with FedEx, measured it, weighed it, entered all the info online, paid the fee and dropped it at a FedEx office. A few days later I get an email stating that in accordance with their policy they're charging me $xxx.xx (twice what the website quoted!). On the return leg, I used bikeflights and the charges were identical to the original charges from FedEx, and it was sent via FedEx. WTF? Half the price with bikeflights.com. Never again with FedEx.
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Originally Posted by Lionheart
I did this too and learned the hard way. I shipped mine with FedEx, measured it, weighed it, entered all the info online, paid the fee and dropped it at a FedEx office. A few days later I get an email stating that in accordance with their policy they're charging me $xxx.xx (twice what the website quoted!). On the return leg, I used bikeflights and the charges were identical to the original charges from FedEx, and it was sent via FedEx. WTF? Half the price with bikeflights.com. Never again with FedEx.
Shipbikes uses FedEx but apparently have a bulk contract with them. Frontier and Southwest appear to be the most economical way of getting a bike on a plane but they don't serve all airports.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
Shipbikes uses FedEx but apparently have a bulk contract with them. Frontier and Southwest appear to be the most economical way of getting a bike on a plane but they don't serve all airports.
I am glad to see that apparently you can now use your own box with Shipbikes.com. When I used them a few years ago you had to use their $99 AirCaddy. It is a nice box, but when flying to one location and home from another it was a hassle.

BTW, Southwest's acquisition of AirTran probably make it possible to fly to and from more airports with a bike for a reasonable cost.
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Out here there are bikes shipped, for riders to join, all the time..
either they DIY the rebuild, or for a fee, the shop performs that service,
Cyclist choice..

there are also end of the transcontinental riders for the re-boxing and shipping,
later in the Summer..

Mgr's GF got a bike sold by a transcon rider who "never wanted to see it again"
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