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Sending a Bike Through the Post.

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by stephec, 15 Mar 2008.

  1. stephec

    stephec Legendary Member

    Location:
    Bolton
    I'm selling a bike on eBay which will needed to be posted, has anyone done this, and how did you get it delivered?

    thanks in advance to all who can help. :becool:
     
  2. yello

    yello Guru

    I sold an MTB that JUST went by Parcel Force... it was very close to the length limit and was told it might be refused by the driver. I sussed out options at the time and Parcel Force was the cheapest/most convenient.
     
  3. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Go to your LBS and ask them if you can have one of the packing boxes that their bikes came in. They'll be in the skip around the back.
     
  4. OP
    OP
    stephec

    stephec Legendary Member

    Location:
    Bolton
    I've got it packaged up at the moment, but it's over Parcelforce's limit by 42cm, and most couriers want about fifty quid to send it.
     
  5. yello

    yello Guru

    That was they very problem I had. You might have to get a smaller box and pack imaginatively!
     
  6. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Why don't you ak your lbs if they use a courier?
     
  7. OP
    OP
    stephec

    stephec Legendary Member

    Location:
    Bolton
    I introduced the box to my friend Mr Stanley Knife, and now it's just under the Parcelforce limit luckily.
     
  8. Panter

    Panter Just call me Chris...

    I sent my MTB through Parcel 2 go.

    It was a bit of a kafuffle getting the quote but it cost just under £20.00 which was the cheapest I could find at the time.
     
  9. squeaker

    squeaker New Member

    Location:
    Steyning
    I've used (and can recommend) Nightfreight. Initially a bit of a palaver, as you have to set up an account with them, but worth the effort if you are likely to be sending a few items a year, IMHO.
     
  10. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    Apologies if you have already thought of this, but have you tried taking the wheels off the bike, which will make the length of the package shorter? Obviously you would have to wrap them in something protective and stack them on top of the frame.
     
  11. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    It was a couple years ago but I sent a bike, in a standard bike box from the LBS, using Royal Mail Standard Parcels. Good price even with £600 insurance. It was just in the size limit, and a couple kgs under the weight limit- although these may well have changed subsequently.
     
  12. 02GF74

    02GF74 Über Member

    I've done it - remove both wheels from bike and place either side of main triangle. remove stem and bars and cable tie to fram. remove seatpost and saddle. remove rear derialluer and cabel tie.

    as ^^^^ say, get box from bike shop - they should have loads as all bikes are packed in them and then it saves them hassle throwing them away - the boxes that is.

    check the dimensions wot parcel farce want and you should be able to do it, trimming the box down as required.
     
  13. e-rider

    e-rider crappy member

    Location:
    South West
    It's simple? Go to your LBS and get a standard bike box - they usually just bin them. Pack the bike VERY well - you'll need to remove the wheels and seatpost and twist the bars, and remove the pedals.

    The key is to pack it very very well - the couriers/Parcel Force just throw them about in the truck.

    Once it's all packed, take it to your local Parcel Force depo and hand over the cash. Parcel Force 48 was about for a bike £24 plus extra for insurance; if it's an expensive bike I'd go for it - it is an extra £12 though!

    I'm sure there are cheaper couriers out there - long on to YELL.com and give a few a ring - good luck!
     
  14. e-rider

    e-rider crappy member

    Location:
    South West
    Royal Mail no longer take bikes some forget that --- I tried a few months back!
     
  15. e-rider

    e-rider crappy member

    Location:
    South West
    Well, in theory Royal Mail will take bikes - they are usually just within their size and weight limit, however, they will not accept them!!! Figure that out if you can - makes no sense to me either.