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Shipping a bicycle + baggage to the US West Coast?

Hi, my fellow cyclists,

it's that great time again: I get to go on a long trip soon :D

Short version: I want to send my bicycle from Germany to the USA and pick it up there. Any tips?

This time I'm planning a few weeks together with my wife in SE Asia without the bike. After that she has to go back to her studies :P and my plan is to ride across the USA from West to East.

So my current itinerary is something like Munich -> Bangkok (with a stop-over in Kiev) and then from there to the US (probably with stop-overs as well). Like everyone else on this site, I hate the hassle of flying with a bicycle. Especially when I don't need it for a few weeks and I have to bother storing it.

So my idea was to ship my bicycle + baggage ahead and pick it up when I arrive. I saw that DHL offers a 31kg package for ~100 USD which sounds amazing. My question to you is if anyone has better suggestions? How about customs, is that something I have to worry about when I ship my own stuff to myself? Where do I send the package to, because timing the arrival is probably hard?

I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks and have a good one :D

Cheers,

Michael

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Michael, That price seems

Michael, That price seems like a pretty good deal.  While I don't think you will need to worry about customs, to play it ultra safe,  would take pictures of you with your bike at home in Germany at an identifiable place and time that can be looked up online.  I would also bring a receipt if possible for the bicycle showing it is already yours and fully paid for.  Have a buddy make up a fake sale if need be.

Finally, I would actually suggest the best suggestion is for you go over on CrazyGuyonaBike.com and see if you can find some German/European riders who have already shipped the bike and find out what their outcome was.

Hope you have a great trip, John

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You can usually ship to a

You can usually ship to a bicycle shop and they will hold it for you.  Just be sure to contact them beforehand.

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That would be really

That would be really convenient, but is customs not going to be an issue?

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Should not be.  Just be sure

Should not be.  Just be sure to put on the shipping form that it is not for resale. Also, list yourself as the recipient c/o (care of) the shop.

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Why not to contact US Custom

Why not to contact US Custom and ask?

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Shipping cost

I hope it is not too late for you to see this. We have just made arrangements in reverse: Denver to Frankfurt for a summer tour. Everything we looked at was very expensive. Finally found that the best price for us was to fly Icelandic Air and bring the bike as baggage. It is still more than you are quoting. I would go for it and find a bike shop to store it.

good luck

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