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CrazyDave

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Feb 4, 2016
2,231
44
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......
 

Luchotocado

Finally riding a big boys bike
May 12, 2015
234
El Paso TX
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.
 

Phattiremike

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 16, 2016
2,116
Dahlonega Ga.
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
 

island schwinn

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
May 10, 2010
4,833
60
Modesto,CA. 95355
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.
 

Phattiremike

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 16, 2016
2,116
Dahlonega Ga.
Thank you for the info. I'm going to explore shipping w/ a freight company too.

Mike
 

Phattiremike

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 16, 2016
2,116
Dahlonega Ga.
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
 
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bikebozo

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 1, 2015
889
Winter Garden, United States
need bike picked up and shipped from plano texas to Orlando Florida, all expenses paid , any help is appreciated
 

azbug-i

I live for the CABE
Oct 23, 2011
1,665
Tucson, AZ
Anybody ever gotten a bike shipped from Europe to here? How did it work getting through customs
 

azbug-i

I live for the CABE
Oct 23, 2011
1,665
Tucson, AZ
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.
 

Phattiremike

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 16, 2016
2,116
Dahlonega Ga.
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
 

kreika

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 7, 2016
3,033
51
Santa Cruz
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!
 

chucksoldbikes

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Suspended
Mar 12, 2011
2,495
Mattoon, United States
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
 

KingSized HD

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Feb 23, 2013
770
Herndon, CA, United States
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
 

KingSized HD

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Feb 23, 2013
770
Herndon, CA, United States
Is there anyone in the Tucson area willing to pickup, pack & deliver a "city bike" to a FedEx location?
No more need for help in Tucson. Got this taken care of by a delivery service, a bike shop (Ordinary Bike Shop) & bikeflights.
 

crazyhawk

Riding an Americolor Shelby
Oct 17, 2009
191
Lakeside Ohio, United States
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.
 
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