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What's the best way to ship my bike across country?

Asked by jz1220 (829points) January 2nd, 2008

I want to use my bike in New York City for a few months, but I can’t take it on the airplane with me from California without paying exorbitant fees. Are there any alternatives that are relatively cheap?

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Perchik's avatar

I’m thinking you could disassemble it and get it in a checkable bag….front wheel off, back wheel off, wrap the frame assembly tightly in sheets, maybe take the handlebars off, and it could fit.

Or I know I could do that with my bike, I don’t know how comfortable you are doing that.

brownlemur's avatar

Don’t forget the pedals too! If it’s a bike you care about you should invest in a bike travel hard case, usually around $300 or more.

simone54's avatar

Wouldn’t it be easier and cheaper to buy a new bike?

suejester's avatar

I agree with @Brownlemur, if it is a bike you care about then invest in bike travel hard case. If you bike is worth less then 300.00 then just buy a new one. If this is a vacation you may be able to rent a bike at a local bike shop, but if you are moving then you should make the investment. You can always turn around and sell it on ebay or something.

robhaya's avatar

Go to your local bike shop and ask for an empty bike box (all new bikes comes shipped this way) and disassemble the bike your self and pack the bike in the box. Also ask for some of the packing materials. A reputable bike shop will give you these for free or little cost. Next I would price out the cost of shipping the bike ground via, FedEx and UPS. And choose which one offers the better rate of the two.

Another option if you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself is to have the bike shop do this for you. All you have to do is ship it and have it reassembled in NYC. Don’t forget to insure the package and get a tracking number.

Good Luck!

taboularasa's avatar

If you pack it in a bike box, and you want to take it on the airplane with you there used to be a loop hole that if you define the contents of the box as exercise equipment and not a bicycle then you don’t get charged the extra fee, but I’m not sure if that’s still the case

shockvalue's avatar

just take a really long cross country bike ride. problem solved

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melohhh's avatar

amtrak. $10 bucks to ship a bike

tomiu's avatar

Can I take a bicycle on a bus, and would I have to disassemble it?

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