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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:08 am 
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Heading back home to Boston after a year in Austria. Came with one bike, leaving with two. One bike I'll bring with me on plane.
Still have to get that second bike back so wondering what folks have found as the most economical way to ship a bike from Europe, better yet Austria, to the US.

Thanks in advance for your wisdom and advice.

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Can you take two bikes back on the flight? The airline fee might be the lesser of two evils.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:11 am 
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I've shipped some bikes between US and Hong Kong. Not exactly Austria... Anyhow I used a cardboard box from local bike shop + pipe insulation, bubble wrap, etc... Postage if I recall correctly was around 80-90 USD. Both directions I used US Postal or HK Post.

I've also traveled with bike. One time I was charged extra 100 USD! Other times, no additional charge. I use a Pika Packworks soft case which measures smaller than hardshells. I think that factors into whether or not I get hit with extra charges.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:20 am 
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Take the bike with you. Extra luggage will cost you USD 100. Shipping the bike will cost you more and you may still have to deal with US customs.


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Do you mean $100.00 for each additional bike shipped? Last summer, flying with my bike to Europe from the USA was $200.00 each way on United, Delta, and American Airlines. At that time, other airlines were far more expensive.

I also investigated shipping the bike, but every option I could find would still be a lot more expensive than checking the bike.


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Speaking from experience, I'd be checking with the airline first. Excess baggage or sporting equipment fees *Might* be lower than the shipping cost. Speak to a person though, they can add details like "two bike cases, paid" to booking details. Should minimise fuss at check in.

Depending on what contacts you made it during your year, it may also be an idea to speak to any local businesses, they may be able to get far better rates. (This saved me about €65 per bike, per journey when I had to ship a number across Europe, checking that many bikes onto a flight gets really expensive!)


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 9:10 am 
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Thx for replies folks.

I already have one bike I'm bringing back via a Pika bag - great bag BTW. We are also bringing a lot of other stuff back home after our yr long stay here which brings up the main problem:

Airlines (KLM) charges ~70euros for your second ck'd bag on flight, first one being free. But if you add another bag to that, fee jumps to 180euros for that one, and it just continues to escalate from there. Thus the desire to seek alternatives.
I am friendly with one bike shop here in Vienna, will ck-in with them.

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