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Old 06-04-2013, 11:19 AM   #1
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Default Best way to ship a frame inside the US?

Looking to ship a rigid chopper frame across the US and am wondering what the best way to do it is. I'm thinking I'll get a couple of refrigerator boxes and build a double-walled shell around the bubble wrapped frame. What is the best carrier to use? Any other tips from those who have done this before? Also, approximate prices?

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Old 06-04-2013, 12:10 PM   #2
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i just block the rear axle plates... either a bolt & PVC or a block of wood, to keep them safe. wrap the frame tubes in bubble wrap and/or cardboard. don't put it in a box, literally just wrap up the frame tubes.

Greyhound has treated me right. you'd drop off at a Greyhound station, the person picking up gets it from a Greyhound station.

UPS and FedEx work with the above packaged method, too. For that i use FedEx & have a corporate negotiated rate, so it's cheap ($30 to ship a frame from OR to AZ). Not sure what the street price is.
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Old 06-04-2013, 12:30 PM   #3
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I had a legit shop build me a custom frame and they shipped it UPS with no packing, just a label stuck to the downtube. The neck was damaged in transit, looked like they had lifted it 20' in the air and dropped it straight down onto the corner of the neck. Guess who paid to fix it. UPS? Guess again. The shop that didn't pack it? Guess again.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:04 PM   #4
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I got a rigid frame that was shipped UPS bare, just the shipping label on the rear fender.



See the shipping label, still on the fender.

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Old 06-04-2013, 01:14 PM   #5
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Greyhound, huh? Never woulda thunk it! Just tried a quote for 60 lb and 80" box from ME to NV and got $106, which doesn't seem too unreasonable. Only issue I would have w/ them is that you can only insure for $300 (I know they won't break it, but if they lose it...)

I'm going to see what FedEx can do; maybe I can use my biz acct.

Thanks for the packing tips, too.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:25 PM   #6
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I've used Greyhound several times, no complaints.
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I used greyhound to ship my front seat for my coupe. It was in 5 pieces and upholstered. No issues, but it cost me almost 300 bucks, Chicago to Boise Idaho.
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:24 PM   #8
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I use Greyhound all the time. The $300 insurance sucks but they've never lost or damaged a frame or forks on me yet. It's a hassle, but cheapest way to go.
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Fed Ex unwrapped worked for the one I sent to Oregon.
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:31 PM   #10
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Another vote for Greyhound. I've never shipped a frame but I have used them for large car parts. I had a Porsche 356 door shipped with just some cardboard and plastic wrap, no box.






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Old 06-04-2013, 05:56 PM   #11
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If you really want to go with a box, you can go snag a plasma or big-screen TV box. Generally the right size/shape. I have gotten them for free from my local Best Buy, but you gotta find the right sales person to help you out. Or a bicycle box. They throw them out once they hit the store. G'luck, Bruno
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:02 PM   #12
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Again, I swear by Grey Hound. I get pipe insulation at Home depot, 8' for $.99, wrap the rails with it then 1 box of saranwrap from the dollar store, wrap the shit out of it, stick a label on it & your good. Florida to Minot,ND for $96.00
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:12 PM   #13
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Again, I swear by Grey Hound. I get pipe insulation at Home depot, 8' for $.99, wrap the rails with it then 1 box of saranwrap from the dollar store, wrap the shit out of it, stick a label on it & your good. Florida to Minot,ND for $96.00
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:40 PM   #14
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GReyhound is a great option. Just depends how comfortable you are with the insurance beign capped at 300 bux
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I bought a frame from JJ member (hogluvr) and it was Foam tube, cardboard & saran wrapped. Shipped Greyhound from Ohio to Seattle for $75 and delivered to my door. No damage, No problem.

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Me too on greyhound. Worked great. Seattle to Mpls for $65 (a few years back)
If you gotta use shipping where they calculate cost by length, you can flip a rigid frame over and make it seem shorter. That's a tip I received on this here board.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:07 AM   #17
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Thanks for all the responses...The frame left the Bangor, ME Greyhound depot on the 11:30am bus yesterday and the projected time to Reno, NV was about a day less than what FedEx wanted to charge double for. Cost me about $96 and was pretty painless. I used heavy duty pipe insulation to wrap the neck, blocked the chain stays, and wrapped the whole thing in some thick plastic wrap. Felt pretty comfortable dropping it off, hopefully they will be able to get it to Reno w/o losing it or doing more than $300 in damage. I'm optimistic.
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