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Old 05-16-2008, 08:27 PM
 
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So, I did the frantic, painful (both emotional and physical) packing of my worldly belongings (well, the few I am keeping) into a little U-Pack cube, and they're on the way to Honolulu.

So, my apartment is 2 miles from work, and it looks bike-able. I'd love to do this. But: my bike simply didn't fit into the cube. Not even close. I have no idea how much it would be to ship a bike to Honolulu, but ShipBikes makes it seem like a lot. (About $250, compared with just $60 cross-country.) I didn't spend much more than that for my bike, and that was 15 years ago.

So: why to ship it:
1. I love my bike.
2. I've had it for years, and I feel comfortable on it.
3. It's in good working order, and I know I've taken care of it. If I buy used, I'm taking my chances on what the upkeep has been.
4. It even has some sentimental value.
5. A quick check of bikes for sale on craigslist doesn't show any startlingly good deals. It looks like I'll be paying a couple of hundred even for a decent used bike.
6. I'm not even really sure how to ship it!

Why not to ship it:
1. If the shipping is really the same as the original cost of the bike, that just seems silly.
2. Maybe I can sell it on craigslist here, buy another one there, and not be out any (or not much) money. But this takes time & effort of course. And I don't have much time left.
3. Maybe there's some great deal out there that I just don't know about.

So, what would you all do? Is there a good *cheap* way to ship my bike? It doesn't have to be fast. Or should I just sell it and buy another when I arrive, forgetting sentimental value? (I tossed and gave away a lot of other stuff with sentimental value that didn't fit in the cube... but the bike is useful in addition to all of that!)

Advice? Experiences? Help?
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Old 05-16-2008, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Big Island of Hawaii
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Time is money in some cases...you will have a lot going on when you arrive, and it might be a relief to have the bike on its way--one less thing to think about. For $250, I think I would probably ship. In a new place, sometimes having a few things of sentimental value can be reassuring!
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Old 05-17-2008, 02:27 AM
 
Location: Kauai, HI
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Can your bike be broken down? I work at a hotel and have had quite a few guests who could take their bikes apart and then fedex them or mail them in big boxes/containers. I also had a guest who brought in cargo of the plane after it was broken down into pieces and put in a container...
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Old 05-17-2008, 01:06 PM
 
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Hey, Mar0... I didn't even think of trying to bring it on the plane. It might be a smaller fee (like a $50 oversized bag or something), but then I'd have it right away!! I'm calling the airline right now. (Plus, you know, I posted it on Craigslist, and not even a nibble.)
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Old 07-16-2009, 08:42 PM
 
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Hey, Mar0... I didn't even think of trying to bring it on the plane. It might be a smaller fee (like a $50 oversized bag or something), but then I'd have it right away!! I'm calling the airline right now. (Plus, you know, I posted it on Craigslist, and not even a nibble.)

Did you end up shipping your bike? How did it turn out?

I have to figure out the same issue. Thanks!
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:18 PM
 
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This has already been answered here: //www.city-data.com/forum/8868684-post5.html

The search feature is really helpful for finding answers quickly -- sometimes more quickly than waiting for someone to post.

Best of luck.
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:19 PM
 
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Did you end up shipping your bike? How did it turn out?

I have to figure out the same issue. Thanks!
I did the following:

Went to local bike store and got a box for it (free!).
Asked my uncle to take it apart and pack it up (free!).
Checked it on my flight (I think about $100 on Hawaiian).
Took it to local bike store to have it reassembled (about $80).
I have my bike!

It would have been lots more to ship with UPS, definitely not worth it.

I now know that there's a place to get good deals on used / refurbished bikes on UH's campus (Cycle Manoa). I might have gone with that if I had known about it ahead of time. But I'm happy with how things turned out.
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:14 AM
 
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This only works if you book your entire flight with one carrier. IE, we booked Delta from ATL to SEA (per bike $175), from SEA to HNL via Alaskan Airlines ($75 per bike). If it was all on Delta (from ATL to HNL) it would just be $175 per bike. Or from ATL to HNL on Alaskan Airlines it would be $75 per bike, but Alaskan won't start flying out of ATL until October or so this year (per the operator I spoke with today.) Sigh, now to try to find bikes on the Big Island on Craigslist....
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