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    Shipping a bike ? Most cost effective

    Looking to ship a MTB home to WI from CO. I have it all boxed up, ready to go.. What is the best way cost wise? UPS , fedex ground? Any comments would be appreciated

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    USPS followed by FedEx followed by UPS

    Also the order I would choose if I wanted my bike to get there in one piece.
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    I hope I caught you in time

    Warning: The size of the box makes a huge difference. You really want it less than 108" length x girth for USPS (which won't happen with a 26"bike) and less than 130" for the others. If you can't get it below these, it will be cheaper to do two boxes! After the 130" the price skyrockets!

    I second avoiding UPS if possible-they are the slowest and from my experience and stories, the most likely to bash up your box

    Also, take the time to set up an account and pay online-it will also save you cash.

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    What that guy just said. There is an "approved bike box size." I don't know if it varies among shippers, but a 1 inch difference can cause the price to double or triple. If you're not sure on the size, call and give them the specs of your package, they will tell you the price, then if it's like $100, subtract an inch off the longest side, and do that until it drops. Then you go your bike size. Also, you can check with the LBS, a lot of them could probably be able to tell you the right size.

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    Last time I shipped mine across country I used Aircaddy.com. It costs a bit more but the box provided is pretty good with good securing for forks, wheels etc. It goes Fedex and mine arrived in quick time with not a scratch. Depends how much you value your steed I guess...

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    If you're confident in your packing skills, check out Greyhound. They offer a pretty competitive freight service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eggdog
    Looking to ship a MTB home to WI from CO. I have it all boxed up, ready to go.. What is the best way cost wise? UPS , fedex ground? Any comments would be appreciated
    Ride the damn bike home!
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