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    How to ship a wheelset cheaply

    Sold a set of 650b wheels I recently had built and didn't care for the size. Sold via MTBR to a guy in New York state. Anyone have an idea on how to ship oversized items like this for a reasonable fee.

    The wheelset is set up tubeless w/ tires. I built a custom box out of a bike box and it ended up measuring 36w by 32h by 9 deep. I stopped by one of those mailing places and they quoted me $101.

    I've had entire bikes shipped from manufacturers for $25 to $50. What am I missing here?

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    Have a friend do it for free from his business. No one gets hurt man.

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    Fedex is usually the cheapest when I ship my bike. From here to WA state it costs me $48 including insurance. Go directly to fedex or ups, or do it with an online acct., it's worth it.
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    Now that you mention it, I created an account at FedEx/Kinkos. I'll try there tomorrow. Thanks.

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    Smash it up and stuff it in an envelope. Just make sure to slap on about 20 stamps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blatant
    Sold a set of 650b wheels I recently had built and didn't care for the size. Sold via MTBR to a guy in New York state. Anyone have an idea on how to ship oversized items like this for a reasonable fee.

    The wheelset is set up tubeless w/ tires. I built a custom box out of a bike box and it ended up measuring 36w by 32h by 9 deep. I stopped by one of those mailing places and they quoted me $101.

    I've had entire bikes shipped from manufacturers for $25 to $50. What am I missing here?
    Go to a bike shop and have them do it. I've shipped one wheelset. FexEx quoted me 80 bucks. Took to LBS, and they charged me $15 to box and ship.
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    USPS is I think $9.80 for priority mail, or if you (or your shop) has a UPS corp accounbt that is pretty good too.
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    Unless that shipping place is a "UPS Store" then they overcharge and pocket money for the business...Mail Boxes Etc. for example.

    Anyhow I shipped a complete bike (in one box) to Rhode Island for around $65 bucks via UPS or FedEx, can't remember. The first quote was $130 b/c the box was one inch too long. So I crunched down that extra inch......voila, 60 bucks saved.

    Check out USPS for sure.

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