Shipping Vintage Bikes

Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by woodbutcher, 6 Feb 2019.

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  1. woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Veteran

    Location:
    S W France
    I apologise in advance if this is not appropriate to this section but the bike in question is vintage !
    I have been asked if l would ship a bicycle from my place (in France) to Russia :bicycle:

    I have no idea which shipper would be prepared to take the job or even if it is possible.....does anyone have any ideas or experience of this kind of thing ?
     
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  2. Rusty Nails

    Rusty Nails We remember

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    Here and there
    I sold a vintage bike on eBay a few years back and got a query from someone who claimed to be in Russia about buying it from the UK.

    I looked into it and there seemed to be potentially a lot of paperwork involved in it so didn't agree to sell it. Unless you know the person and are happy with the extra fuss and potential risks then, personally, I wouldn't bother.
     
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  3. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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    Northamptonshire
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  4. Kempstonian

    Kempstonian Über Member

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    Bedford
    Yeah, its only a few steppes away!
     
  5. carpenter

    carpenter Senior Member

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    suffolk
    Be cautious - apparently no chance of sorting anything out if deal goes wrong (seen reports on hifi forums about bad deals to Russia).
     
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  6. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    Yes, Russia should set a few alarm bells going.
    I'd steer well clear.
     
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  7. Kempstonian

    Kempstonian Über Member

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    Its terrible when you can't trust a buyer from Russia - who may well be a solid law abiding citizen - but there ARE many scammers living there also and they spoil it for everybody else. I think that its not worth the risk unless you know the person you are selling to or they can be vouched for by a reputable third party. Especially if the bike is a valuable one.
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Veteran

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    S W France
    ^_^ l like it !
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Veteran

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    I am sure you are right and in any case non of the shippers l contacted so far will touch the job !
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Veteran

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    Now that is an interesting suggestion ! I suppose l would have to buy a bike in Russia to ride back since a flight would wipe out the Roubles made on any deal. :whistle:
     
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  11. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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    Northamptonshire
    Hey i never thought of that but good point
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Veteran

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    it does raise the question as to whether interesting bikes are or were made in Russia:whistle:
     
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  13. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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    Made some interesting track bikes for the Olympics for sure but how good is another question
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Veteran

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    I don't know if they win much so l guess thats clue as to how good the bikes are !
     
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  15. A cycle version of a Moskvich ?
     
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