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Shipping a bike Syd --> Mel

Postby Cognoscente » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:41 am

Hi all, after some advice.
Needing to ship a track bike from Sydney to Melbourne.
Some of the quotes from couriers are downright frightening.
Anyone with experience of shipping whole bikes have any advice / tips?

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Re: Shipping a bike Syd --> Mel

Postby AUbicycles » Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:49 pm

$40 - $50 with e-go (no insurance). I had two boxes, a little smaller than a standard bike box with one for the frame and one for the wheels.

It also involved dropping off at one of their collection points but with direct delivery.
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Re: Shipping a bike Syd --> Mel

Postby chipotleaway » Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:13 pm

Hi, sorry to hijack but I'm looking to ship my bicycle interstate as well. I have a 17" hybrid and the box I'll be using will probably be of dimensions 26cmx85cmx155cm. To what degree would I have to disassemble my bike (I'm really only comfortable removing the handlebars and seat, my bike has all these gears that I don't want to mess with)? Any advice on packing?

Thanks

EDIT: Does there exist a service that ships your bike as is? No disassembly required?
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Re: Shipping a bike Syd --> Mel

Postby drubie » Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:56 pm

Maybe try to sneak the bike into a furniture removals company. I just had a tandem shipped from Sydney to Armidale on a back load and it worked out very well. They picked it up and I went to the depot to receive it. Cost was about a third what I was quoted from everybody else. Tsndems are too big for services like e-go but if you pack it and go depot to depot that should be $70 max. The tandem ended up being $240 which is pretty damn good for the service.
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Re: Shipping a bike Syd --> Mel

Postby brawlo » Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:43 pm

Not sure on how you're packing it, but that may have some bearing on the cost. I've sent Melbourne~Goulburn track bike and Goulburn~Briasbane track frame. Both times <$60. Can't remember exactly.

If you get a bike box from a store and some bubble wrap or similar and put it all into one box you should be fine. A track bike shouldn't be too heavy.
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Re: Shipping a bike Syd --> Mel

Postby LoveB » Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:02 pm

greyhound have a 95$ flat rate shipping for boxed bikes.

however if not in a major rush I'll be in sydney on the weekend of feb 8 then melb the weekend after probably.
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Re: Shipping a bike Syd --> Mel

Postby Howzat » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:12 pm

chipotleaway wrote:Any advice on packing?

You'll likely need to remove pedals as well - google that as one pedal will have reverse threads. Bubblewrap everything, and tape wrapped parts together so nothing is loose in box. If you can rig some internal crush-proof reinforcement in the box, do so.

I sent a carbon road bike interstate on a big orange truck recently. The box was marked "Fragile", "Please take care" and "This way up". When it arrived, the driver opens the doors, and there is the box on the floor, lying flat on it's side, with an imposing stack of other boxes on top of it. :shock:

So prepare for awesome service like that and you should be OK.
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Re: Shipping a bike Syd --> Mel

Postby wombatK » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:20 pm

AUbicycles wrote:$40 - $50 with e-go (no insurance). I had two boxes, a little smaller than a standard bike box with one for the frame and one for the wheels.

It also involved dropping off at one of their collection points but with direct delivery.

+1 for e-go, using collection points, $40 Sydney to Brisbane. Bike box provided free by an LBS,
although money was offered.

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Re: Shipping a bike Syd --> Mel

Postby Dr_Mutley » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:29 pm

Shipped several bikes with e-go with mixed results... Some slow, some knocked around despite good protection/packing. Price good, but for the sake of an extra $20 I use transdirect now, who seem better..
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Re: Shipping a bike Syd --> Mel

Postby AUbicycles » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:40 pm

Thanks for the followups.

On packing a bike, an alan key and spanner will do the job:

For a box where you leave the wheels on:
- Pedals off
- loosen and twist stem (on drop bars, losen and drop them down)
- drop the seat to the lowest height or remove

For a box where you take the wheels off, these extra steps
- rear derailluer off (for safety)
- Chain removed (for this you need to break the chain, so requires an extra tool).
- plastic or cardboard inserts/padding on the droouts
- Skewers out of the wheels
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Re: Shipping a bike Syd --> Mel

Postby Cognoscente » Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:44 pm

Thanks for all the feedback people (and packing tips)
Have gone with Transdirect. We'll see how that goes......

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