cycle transport/postage/shipping

oki Posts: 123
edited September 2009 in MTB general
hi, im soon to be leaving the uk and im unsure about taking my bike along or selling it here and buying new.

never looked into this stuff before as i dont travel much so....

how would you go about getting the bike shipped?

how safe is it to get it shipped (is there a big likleyhood of damage if packed in a box with padding without a funky travel bag thingy)?

how much does it cost (reasonable or enough to make you cry)?

the bike only weighs 31-2lbs but im gonna be heading off in the direction of the usa and the flight is a 3 stopper so im assuming it'd have to sent by some sort of courier.

any info would be highly appreciated as i dont know where to start looking.
found loads of info on how to pack a bike but none on getting it where you want it.
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