BikeFlights.com

Jan 10, 2014

Unless your bike tour begins close to home, transporting your bike can be one of the most difficult tasks in preparing for your journey. Flying with bikes can be outrageously expensive and shipping can cause all sorts of headaches in regards to where you're going to send the bike, and whether or not it will arrive on time. If you're struggling with these issues, you might want to turn your attention to BikeFlights.com.

BikeFlights.com is a full service bicycle packing and shipping service. They have an excellent range of bike boxes available for purchase, and their website has a great online shipping calculator that helps you find the best rates for your selected dates, print shipping labels, and schedule pickup. If you have any questions they have a great staff available for personal one-on-one assistance. Their services are low pressure and they offer free changes to your shipping itinerary and full refunds if your trip is cancelled. 

Members of Adventure Cycling Association receive 10% off cases from BikeFlights. If you're not an Adventure Cycling member, you can be entered into a raffle for a Serfas Bike Transport Case if you join by 5:30pm MST on Sunday, January 12th.  

Photos by Josh Tack

TOURING GEAR & TIPS is written by Joshua Tack of Adventure Cycling's member services department. It appears weekly, highlighting technical aspects of bicycle touring and advice to help better prepare you for the journey ahead. Look for Josh's "Fine Tuned" column in Adventure Cyclist magazine as well.

Comments

Mark

I think this column and the implied cost advantages of shipping with BikeFlights.com is misleading. The only time you can really save, based upon the calculator, with BikeFlights is using FedEx ground within the US. Any faster method is far more expensive than even the most expensive of the US airlines for round trip travel. Moreover, I've checked a single bike in Pika Packworks case on United to Italy and was not charged. And I declared that it was a bicycle. Not everyone will have that experience. Moreover, unless you're wed to one airline, there are several US carriers who have reasonable--$50--fees each way. I'm not saying there that shipping a bike is a bad idea, but it's far from a hassle to check it on a plane. You will have to box it no matter what and at least it flies with you.

January 10, 2014, 4:40 PM
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Paul Guba

Are they the actual shipper or just middlemen? I like the idea of shipping the bike but what does one do with that $200 box when they are touring the country side?

January 11, 2014, 6:03 AM
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Pete Meltzer

This is not something that comes easily to me as I don't like slamming people, everybody and every business has a off day

or off job..

That being said..... using BikeFlights to start my trip last year in Jasper, AB was the single worse consumer experience in my life, and I'm 55 years old.

I will add this caveat. There seemed to be guys at BikeFights who were very good and helpful. If I understand what happened in my case correctly, all the international shipments goes thru one guy, and he is apparently incapable of getting anything done till the last minute or beyond.The last straw for me was when my bike box was stuck in the Jasper bike shop I shipped it to because BF did not schedule a pick up by FedEx. After 6 days of trying to deal with this from the road I handed the task of straightening this out to my wife from home. She called and the BF guy gave her a bunch of attitude about how she wouldn't understand how complicated international shipping is. He might have saved his little speech if he was aware that my wife is a seismologist who has spent the last 22 years shipping 10's of thousands of dollars worth of seismic equipment to Pakistan, Tibet, and Mongolia and back to conduct her research, and it wasn't too much to ask BF to do what they were paid to do and get my bike box out of Jasper.

For the record, after multiple emails & my wife's phone call, 10 days later the box was picked up in Jasper to be shipped to the terminus of my trip in Denver. I managed to ride the 1800 miles and get to town before the box arrived.

Pete

January 13, 2014, 6:49 PM
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