how to ship a 46" uni?

HELP! I won an auction for a 46" uni out in California. We all figured
that the shipping would be in the range of $40-$50. I just got a note that
UPS can’t handle the size and that the seller was told to use a freight
company. This company just quoted a price of over $166 just to get the
thing to New Jersey (and another $60 to get it to me!).

Anyone ever ship/receive a big wheel for less? Any ideas?

Thanks!

David

Here is the note: They charge $166 to ship an item like that and that
is to a freighting place in New Jersey, assuming you would go there
and pick it up. In order to have someone deliver it to where you are
it is 40% more. Yes, you read this correctly and I am sure you are as
shocked as I am.

Semcycle have shipped big wheels out by putting them on the bus, I think it was Greyhound. That should be relatively cheap and then you’ll have to pick it up from the bus station or something. Check around and see if there is a bus company that will be able to ship it to you.

Thanks for the great suggestion – I’ll check out the buses.

David

Of course the cheapest option is going to be to hitch across the states
and ride it back :slight_smile: How many thousand miles can it be?

SIMON

6x@postmaster.co.uk writes:
>Of course the cheapest option is going to be to hitch across the states
>and ride it back How many thousand miles can it be?
>
>SIMON

Funny you shouldl mention that! My brother and I are planning a
cross-country ride next summer (2002), but I’d like the big one
before then!

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.

Sounds like Greyhound is the best option.

David

> They charge $166 to ship an item like that and that is to a freighting
> place in New Jersey, assuming you would go there and pick it up. In
> order to have someone deliver it to where you are it is 40% more. Yes,
> you read this correctly and I am sure you are as shocked as I am.

Been there. In 1994 I had Tom Miller rebuild my big wheel. The original
rim was just too beat up from repeated trips in the NYC 5 Boro Bike Tour,
plus lots of riding on lots of not-so-smooth surfaces. There were flat
spots in it, and lots of burrs along the edges.

Tom’s 40" wheels were just at the limit of size that UPS would take, and
he needed to make a special box for them at that. So my wheel came to me
via Greyhound. This is a form of freight, which you can check out to see
if it’s any cheaper than the above.

I had to pick up the giant box at the big Greyhound depot in
Hempstead, L.I. This was not too far from my home, but I think I had
to get there before
5:00 pm which was a hassle.

I don’t remember how much it cost, but yes, shipping things outside of
UPS’ size limit gets expensive! I also shipped a recumbent bicycle from NY
to CA. This required a very long box. I think it cost about $150, and it
was shipped FedEx, so there’s another shipper you can look into.

Good luck, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone jfoss@unicycling.com
www.unicycling.com

“He who dies with the most toys is dead.”