Weight Weenies
* FAQ    * Search    * Trending Topics
* Login   * Register
HOME Listings Blog NEW Galleries NEW FAQ Contact About
It is currently Fri May 27, 2016 11:34 am
Recently the board software has been updated and there are some known bugs/failures:
- Avatars are currently not being displayed ✔ FIXED
- Tapatalk connection is currently broken ✔ FIXED

If you find more errors please post it here: http://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=139062


All times are UTC+01:00





Post new topic  Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:08 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:56 pm
Posts: 149
Location: Beantown
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.

_________________
It only hurts if you think.


Top
   
PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 12:26 am 
Offline
Administrator
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jun 19, 2004 11:08 am
Posts: 6705
Location: Urbana, Illinois
Can you take two bikes back on the flight? The airline fee might be the lesser of two evils.

_________________
RESIDENT GRUMPY OLD MAN.


Top
   
PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:11 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon Feb 06, 2006 1:06 am
Posts: 369
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.

_________________
AX Lightness Vial Evo, Carl Strong Titanium


Top
   
PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:20 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:09 pm
Posts: 48
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.


Top
   
PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:03 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:59 pm
Posts: 197
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.


Top
   
PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 7:46 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu May 07, 2015 9:18 pm
Posts: 44
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!)


Top
   
PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 9:10 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:56 pm
Posts: 149
Location: Beantown
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.

_________________
It only hurts if you think.


Top
   
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:20 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:11 pm
Posts: 24
Check out bikeflights.com

The rates vary from time to time depending on the day you shipped but it was cheaper than flying back from Kona with mine.


Top
   
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2016 12:46 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jan 30, 2006 1:48 am
Posts: 435
Have done the Jpn-Oahu route and was 200 each way... Taking two bikes to to airport will be a pain in itself but only to be relieved over the emotional uncertainties w/ having to leave your bike to the courier gods. I used an old Scicon Aerotech and its big, bulky, induces infinite cursing over having to twist and turn it just to get it into a minivan.. but it gets my bike to and through the airport w/o any damage to my bike.

If it was up to me and only up to me, then I'd likely ship one and take the more expensive bike by hand.. Note, the challenge also lies in how you would be able to move two bikes from Logan Airport to your final destination..

_________________
There is no other way of guarding oneself against flattery than by letting men understand that they will not offend you by speaking the truth; but when everyone can tell you the truth, you lose their respect.


Top
   
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic  Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 

   Similar Topics   Author   Replies   Views   Last post 
There are no new unread posts for this topic. Back on the bike after 25 years, Baum or Passoni

[ Go to page: 1 2 ]

in Road

midelifec

25

1717

Wed Feb 24, 2016 3:13 pm

midelifec View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. Tips advise on shipping wheels

in Road

Tippster

2

200

Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:22 am

Tippster View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. Zipp 404 NSW, back order?

in Road

CBRE

12

1121

Thu Apr 28, 2016 10:25 pm

goodboyr View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. Soft saddle ideas for my back

in Road

Devilonadivvy

13

403

Sat Mar 26, 2016 7:34 pm

drchull View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. Health issues (back/ neck/ shoulder pain)

in Road

wheelsONfire

11

379

Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:24 pm

hanzo111 View the latest post


All times are UTC+01:00


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], Google [Bot], justaute, mimason, phollingswo, Timujin, Yahoo [Bot] and 16 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Limited