Shipping Help

Discussion in 'General Discussion About Old Bicycles' started by 37fleetwood, May 18, 2008.

  1. #81 Posted May 20, 2016

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Here is my suggestion. Find a trusted/good/cool bike shop near the bicycle, call them and explain your needs/wants/desires and have the owner of the bike drop it off there to be packed and shipped. Seems a $50 charge is about average, insure the thing so if its damaged your not mad. (as mad and compensated at least). Easy peasy......
     
  2. #82 Posted Jun 3, 2016

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Is there anybody near Manalapan NJ that can help me ship a bike? I just bought through ebay and the guy wants to ship it to me but he has no idea how to pack it and im afraid the bike will be ruined.
     
  3. #83 Posted Jul 25, 2016

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    I noticed comments about bike flights
    elsewhere on the various forums but nothing here? What's is bike flights?
    In getting ready to have shipped a Mercury Pace Setter I'm willing to pay for 2 boxes and even discussed double boxing with the bike shop. I have to ship its a 2400 mile road trip but don't want it damaged. Best recommendations for shipping?

    Your help is appreciated- Mike
     
  4. #84 Posted Jul 25, 2016

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Bikeflights is a discount outfit that is contracted with fedex,who is the actual shipper.they have much better rates and are easier to deal with than fedex.you go to their website,enter the info as required,address,box dimensions,weight,etc. and pay them direct.they then email you a shipping label or can email it to the one shipping the bike for you.print the label and put it on the box.drop off at FedEx or schedule a pick up.
     
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  5. #85 Posted Jul 25, 2016

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Thank you for the info. I'm going to explore shipping w/ a freight company too.

    Mike
     
  6. #86 Posted Jul 25, 2016

    Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline

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    Now that will get expensive! I've used Bikeflights exclusively the past two and a half years and as long as they are in business that's who I will use. V/r Shawn
     
  7. #87 Posted Jul 25, 2016

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Shawn - i'm going to do all I can to protect the Mercury. If that's the best route to prevent damage that's the route i'll go!

    Thanks Mike
     
  8. #88 Posted Jul 25, 2016

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    With bike flights.
     
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  9. #89 Posted Jul 25, 2016

    Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline

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    Of the bikes I've seen sustain damage at least 90% were due to improper packing. If the contents can shift damage is likely to occur--packing peanuts don't cut it with a bicycle. V/r Shawn
     
  10. #90 Posted Jul 25, 2016

    Riding a '37 Colson Imperial

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    Neither does throwing in random crap within arms reach while you're packing the bike upo_O. Had PLENTY of those...
     
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  11. #91 Posted Jul 29, 2016

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    need bike picked up and shipped from plano texas to Orlando Florida, all expenses paid , any help is appreciated
     
  12. #92 Posted Aug 17, 2016

    I live for the CABE

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    Anybody ever gotten a bike shipped from Europe to here? How did it work getting through customs
     
  13. #93 Posted Aug 17, 2016

    I live for the CABE

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    I think that you can pack bikes well and have a good chance of avoiding damage. And a poor job certainly will increase chances. But at the same time if i driver or handler doesnt care to keep the box upright, and like dropping boxes off trucks, you could receive a damaged bike regardless of how nice its packed.

    After two bikes i shipped with ok but not top notch packing jobs , i wont send another bike out without more disassembly, tying stuff together, and wedging padding around it.

    They suck.
     
  14. #94 Posted Aug 20, 2016

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    In happy to report
     
  15. #95 Posted Aug 20, 2016

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    I'm happy to report the mercury pacemaker arrived save and sound from the Houston area to Dahlonega Ga! I used bike flights and a store in the Houston area called the Bike Barn, Brandon at bike barn carefully packed the bike into 2 boxes all exposed painted parts were wrapped and taped for additional protection and then double boxed! I paid extra but have never seen a bike packed so well. Thanks to Brandon and Bike Barn Houston for a job well done!

    Thanks Thad for recommending Bike Barn, and Shawn for your recommendation of bike flights, pictures should be posted tomorrow.
    Mike
     
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  16. #96 Posted Dec 28, 2016

    I live for the CABE

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    Hello all I've personally had bikes shipped to me with no packaging/padding materials. Damaged! I've had somebody use old egg cartons as protection. Damaged! Had my Hextube frame wrapped in an old mattress cover. Damaged! I recommend total disassembly and wrapping every part in large bubble bubblewrap. Then floating sheets down the sides for more protection.For rear frame drop outs and fork legs a small piece of 2x4 between the openings prevents bending if somebody steps on the box. Axles should be protected also they love to poke through box and get damaged. Like mentioned before if you move the bike box around and there's movement inside. Most likely there will be damage. Haven't shipped in awhile but I used FedEx ground/home as they were less expensive and have less volume going through their system than say Ups hence less package smashing. Even if a bike is not in great shape or the paint awesome. Your buyer will very much appreciate a job well done when it comes to packaging!!! Pack it with care! It's precious American history your shipping!
     
  17. #97 Posted Jan 4, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    I use bike flights they pick it up at your house and deliver it to the customer last bike I did was a jchiggins 1950 full dress from Illinois to south carlind 58.00 I have packed a mot of bikes and have had not one complaint
     
  18. #98 Posted Jan 25, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Is there anyone in the Tucson area willing to pickup, pack & deliver a "city bike" to a FedEx location? I've never needed this service before so I'm not sure how/what to pay. Found a local commercial place but hoping a Caber would know what they're doing. Anyway, reply here or send me a PM please.
    Thanks much.
    Pete
     
  19. #99 Posted Feb 9, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    No more need for help in Tucson. Got this taken care of by a delivery service, a bike shop (Ordinary Bike Shop) & bikeflights.
     
  20. #100 Posted May 15, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    I've shipped hundreds of bikes and never had a complaint. I use UPS, keep my dimensionsfor the box under 130 inches(length+twice the height plus twice the width), and wrap every part in bubble wrap like it's an ancient artifact. It's the best way and I've tried them all.