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Shipping a couple of bikes to Canada?
« on: January 28, 2019, 01:33:25 pm »
From the UK.

Anyone have any experience?

It's looking like £120 each if I want to fly with them. Any other options?

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Shipping a couple of bikes to Canada?
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2019, 01:37:30 pm »
Shipping bikes internationally (particularly intercontinentally) is not easy or cheap.
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Re: Shipping a couple of bikes to Canada?
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2019, 01:39:34 pm »
Shipping bikes internationally (particularly intercontinentally) is not easy or cheap.

That's what I'm finding. I should have mentioned it's Vancouver/BC. Hoping with the Whistler thing, there might be something a bit cheaper.

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Shipping a couple of bikes to Canada?
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2019, 01:48:17 pm »
Good luck. If the cycling trip isn't very long, I'd look at renting.
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Re: Shipping a couple of bikes to Canada?
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2019, 02:03:24 pm »
Some airlines cover them as part of bagge allowance, even oversized. BA, for example.

Re: Shipping a couple of bikes to Canada?
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2019, 02:05:36 pm »
Good luck. If the cycling trip isn't very long, I'd look at renting.

It's an emigration  ;D

Some airlines cover them as part of bagge allowance, even oversized. BA, for example.

It's £120 each to fly with them (And I'm flying with BA). As said in OP.

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Shipping a couple of bikes to Canada?
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2019, 02:08:14 pm »
Message the Things. They shifted to the USA and, several years later, back with a variety of bikes and worldly goods travelling by sea.
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Re: Shipping a couple of bikes to Canada?
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2019, 02:12:42 pm »
If memory serves, The Things had a shipping container.

Re: Shipping a couple of bikes to Canada?
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2019, 06:00:42 pm »
Hi D.A.L.E. Am I missing something with my new Glass Lenses specs ?
I did/do not see any mention of flying with BA in your opening post !!

I would have thought that two bikes could be boxed as though sending them by individually by courier in reconstructed 'Bike Boxes' (I have sent many around the UK totally without damage.

My chose would be in the hold of Air Transat with yourself as a passenger.
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Re: Shipping a couple of bikes to Canada?
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2019, 06:41:27 pm »
Sell them and buy new left hand drive ones  ;)
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Re: Shipping a couple of bikes to Canada?
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2019, 08:33:59 pm »
not sure it will help, but Sendmybag can be an economic way to shift STUFF to foreigns. Could you ship luggage and use the BA flight to carry the bikes? Have you considered upgrading your flight to a premium, which would double your luggage allowance?

Re: Shipping a couple of bikes to Canada?
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2019, 08:39:04 pm »
Some airlines cover them as part of bagge allowance, even oversized. BA, for example.

It's £120 each to fly with them (And I'm flying with BA). As said in OP.

Is that quoting them as baggage or as sports equipment though? Confusingly BA will quote you a high price for shipping a bike box as sports equipment but also have a policy of allowing them through as luggage for a much lower price, even if oversized.

Re: Shipping a couple of bikes to Canada?
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2019, 11:05:14 am »
I flew with Air Transat to Vancouver and it was quite a bit cheaper than that, I think half the price.

I had a complicated spreadsheet with flight costs, bike transport costs, travel to airport etc and in the end Transat from Gatwick (I’m in Brum)  came out on top.

Re: Shipping a couple of bikes to Canada?
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2019, 11:27:51 am »
I moved to the USA in 1997 and packed my cycles and home comforts in a crate the size of a small office desk.  18 months later I did the same to return.  I used an international shipping company whose name I cannot recall after 20 odd years and paid to fly the crate because I wanted the contents quickly.  It seemed quite cheap for the convenience.  In 1999 I returned to the USA but with no commitment to stay so travelled light, taking a bike and a big bag as my only luggage - using BA all this was in my luggage allowance.  Returning in 2000 I had two bikes and some home comforts to bring back to the UK.  I used the same shipping company who turned up with a pallet and packed my pre-boxed items as a "part pallet load".  Being in no hurry I sent it by sea which was cheaper and took about 6 weeks.  Note that all of this was in the days before the luggage forwarding services etc. 

Re: Shipping a couple of bikes to Canada?
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2019, 12:15:13 pm »
I think even at £120 each that's going to be a good price compared to any of the parcel delivery services. Most won't accept "parcels" as big as a bike, and pallets cost a LOT more.
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Re: Shipping a couple of bikes to Canada?
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2019, 01:34:37 pm »
There was a thread about using couriers quite recently, either here or the CyclingUK forum?

A chap had found that if you take a bike to bits it fits better into the MUCH cheaper small boxes. seemed like a hassle for a short tour, but for emigration could be worthwhile.
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Re: Shipping a couple of bikes to Canada?
« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2019, 08:12:51 pm »
Well this is proving to be a bit of a pain in the arse tbh.  :facepalm:

I think even at £120 each that's going to be a good price compared to any of the parcel delivery services. Most won't accept "parcels" as big as a bike, and pallets cost a LOT more.

It's annoying that I'm in that weird middle-ground of not having a lot of stuff, but not exactly lightweight either.

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Re: Shipping a couple of bikes to Canada?
« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2019, 12:26:18 am »
I looked at shipping a race bike to meet me at an event in the USA last year, and discovered what LWaB days: It's not cheap whatever you do.  The customs is a killer: it would have been far cheaper for me to fly with both bikes accompanying me and then post one of them onwards once I'd landed in the US.  Most airlines will allow you to fly with two bikes, so that might be the best way to go.

I know a family who have just moved to Toronto a few months ago so I can put you in touch if you want to ask about the formalities?