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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:59 am 
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I need to ship my road bike from Illinois to California.

I am considering using Shipbikes.com.

Do any of you used this company and their boxes ?

I will really appreciate any comments and also alternatives out there.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:12 am 
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They use Fedex Ground for shipping and I found that if you print the label online you can get a better rate directly on Fedex website.
From shipping a couple different frames I've found Fedex Ground to have the best price for shipping bikes.

If you go to just about any bike shop they should give you a box. They discard them on daily basis so it's no big deal to them.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:41 am 
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timzcat wrote:
They use Fedex Ground for shipping and I found that if you print the label online you can get a better rate directly on Fedex website.
From shipping a couple different frames I've found Fedex Ground to have the best price for shipping bikes.

If you go to just about any bike shop they should give you a box. They discard them on daily basis so it's no big deal to them.



Thanks timzcat for the advise.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:39 pm 
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+1 for Fedex Ground

And make sure to protect the fork and frame dropouts! :)


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:05 am 
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Many Bicycle Companies use http://www.aircaddy.com/


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:50 am 
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Stay away from UPS. I was charged $140 to ship a CAAD 9 purchased from Texas recently. Not only was the charge outrageous, my bike arrived past the promised date and it was a hassle to get refunded the charges. 5 days shipping from Texas to SoCal. Look into Amtrak, too!


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:55 am 
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USPS for domestic or international is reasonable depending on country. I shipped a frame to Japan for like 75 bucks.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:58 am 
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Fedex Ground is still a better option than USPS (Parcel Post/Select) when it comes to domestic shipments.

For international, it's complicated: you cannot ship a complete bike (unless you split in two boxes).
Some countries have a size limit of 79" (length + girth) , and a few countries - like Japan - have a size limit of 108" (length + girth).

For example, you can ship a frame to New Zealand - but cannot ship to Australia. Go figure.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:33 am 
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have you tried DB Schenker - they just did a Sweden to Uk for me for £94 all in which I thought was pretty good.

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