Bicycle Shipping FAQ
Each year, thousands of people ship a bike across the United States to take part in a bike tour or other cycling event (i.e., cyclocross, triathlon, etc). Naturally, as you prepare for your trip, you will have lots of questions about bicycle shipping that need to be answered.
As a bicycle shipping service, we receive dozens of inquiries about how to successfully pack and ship a bike. Below, we've listed all of the most common questions and provided straightforward answers to help you learn everything you need to know about bike shipping.
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Shipping cost varies depending on package size and weight, as well as shipping origin and destination. Overnight Bikes offers $99 flat rate shipping and next business day delivery within the U.S.
A bicycle shipping service, like Overnight Bikes or BikeFlights, can help you save money on the cost of shipping. Some bicycle shipping services offer 3 to 6 day ground delivery while others offer 1 to 2 day express delivery. You may prefer one service type over another depending on your budget and needs.
Due to the high cost and hassle of flying with a bike, most cyclists prefer to ship a bike through bicycle shipping services such as Overnight Bikes, ShipBikes or BikeFlights.
To qualify for FedEx or UPS shipping, a bike box or travel case must not exceed 150 pounds.
Delivery speed varies from 1 to 7 days depending on shipping origin, destination, and delivery type. With Overnight Bikes, every package ships FedEx Priority Overnight® service to any destination in the United States.
Bike insurance is a stand-alone insurance policy that offers personal liability protection and safeguards you if your bike is lost, damaged or stolen.
Neither FedEx nor UPS deliver to APO, DPO, FPO or PO Boxes. Only the U.S. Postal Service has access to APO, DPO, FPO and PO Box addresses.
An e-bike can be shipped just like any bicycle. However, there are special considerations (and some restrictions) due to the battery. For example, current FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) regulations prohibit any lithium ion battery containing more than 160-watt hours from carriage on all passenger aircraft.
Typical e-bike batteries range from about 300 watt-hours (abbreviated WH) to about 1,000 WH. This means that you cannot fly with most e-bike batteries. Similar rules apply to shipping an e-bike through a carrier service like UPS or FedEx. You may, however, be able to ship an e-bike battery using delivery types that do not make use of aircraft (i.e., Ground service). Check with the carrier for specific requirements.
You can ship a bike in a cardboard box, hard case or travel bag. Keep in mind, some bike boxes and cases have been designed to meet FedEx and UPS standard shipping dimensions of 130-inches length plus girth, or less. Packages that exceed FedEx or UPS standard shipping dimensions are subject to an oversize shipping fee.
Neither FedEx nor UPS offer insurance coverage of any kind. To limit risk exposure due to loss or damage that may occur in transit (or during your ride), many cyclists prefer to transfer risk to a third-party insurance provider.
Oversize packages range from 131 to 165-inches length plus girth. FedEx and UPS oversize package fees vary based on factors such as size, weight, shipping origin and destination.
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You can ship a bike in a cardboard box, hard case or travel bag. Packages that exceed 130-inches length plus girth will be subject to an oversize shipping fee.
A standard bike box is less than or equal to 130-inches length plus girth. For example, the FedEx bike box measures 54 x 8 x 28 which is equal to 126-inches length plus girth.
A FedEx bike box costs $16. A FedEx bike box plus packing services costs $25.49. A FedEx bike box plus fragile packaging costs $30.49. Fragile packing services include extra cushioning for added protection and a “fragile” shipping label. FedEx bike boxes are available in-store at FedEx Office.
The FedEx bike box measures 54 x 8 x 28 (126-inches length plus girth). The ShipBikes xBike Shipper measures 43 x 11 x 32 (129-inches length plus girth) and the BikeFlights medium bike box measures 45 x 12 x 29 (127-inches length plus girth). Each of these boxes meets both FedEx and UPS domestic size standards of 130-inches length plus girth, or less.
A FedEx bike box costs $16. A FedEx bike box plus packing services costs $25.49. A FedEx bike box plus fragile packaging costs $30.49. Fragile packing services include extra cushioning for added protection and a “fragile” shipping label. FedEx Bike boxes are available in-store at FedEx Office.
To ship a bike, some disassembly is required. You may need to remove the pedals, wheels, disc brake rotors, bottle cages, handlebars, seatpost and rear derailleur. Disassembly varies based on the size of your bike and the box or case you will be using to ship it.
Depending on your level of experience and the type of packaging you are using, it may take as little as 30 minutes up to 2 hours to securely pack your bike for shipping.
Use a tape measure to determine the length, width and height of your package. The length is always the longest side your box or case; height is the second longest, and width is the third longest. Always round up any measurement to the next whole inch. For example, a measurement of 30.25-inches should be rounded up 31-inches.
Both the UPS Store and FedEx Office will pack your bike for shipping. Ask your local UPS Store or FedEx Office staff what they require before you drop your bicycle off (e.g., remove the handlebars, pedals, etc).
A local bike shop will typically charge $50 to $100 to pack a bike for shipping. Pro Tip: Ask your bike shop to ensure that the total package dimensions do not exceed 130-inches length plus girth. Otherwise, your package will be subject to oversize shipping fees.