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    Bike shipping

    Not really sure if this is the right forum for this, but I just bought a bike and the seller wants to ship it usps (texas to idaho). I crunched a few numbers and its looking to be around $97 shipping for the whole bike. USPS says it should take a week to get here, anyone who has shipped this way, can you tell me if it will likely take the full week? or if it might get here sooner?

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    Bike shipping

    I've shipped many bikes and yes, a week, maybe even longer. Can't remember it ever being less than 5 days across that vast a distance since it's coming by land.
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    You may get a better price if you have it shipped to a business address instead of a residence. But a week sounds about right for regular ground.

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    The price sounds about right. If you can, have him take it to an LBS to dismantle and pack it. There is a bit of an art to getting a bike in a bike box safely.

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    I would tell them to remove the rear cassette from the wheel and wrap it up really good. The last thing you want is for them to stick the cassette between the seat stay and chain stay so it can bounce around and cause damage. I had a well known bike shop do that with a Pivot 429 I bought and the cassette scratched the hell out of the frame even though it was wrapped in plastic.

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    Make sure you factor size of shipping box. It would be best to call a place like the UPS store. Last year I estimated shipping a bike online. It came out to about $100. When I took it in they had to factor dimensions and the cheapest to get it shipped was about $160.
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    Take a look at this website, shipBikes.com

    They seem to have good rates, use Fed Ex and are pretty quick. I am considering using them for shipping my bike for an upcoming bike vacation.

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