Having a road bike couriered to Italy - any recommendations?

daniel_b
daniel_b Posts: 11,749
edited June 2013 in Commuting chat
As per the title really.

54cm Triban 3 needs to be couriered to Italy, I'll see if I can get a box off decathlon I guess, just wondered if anyone had used anyone to do this before?

Wheels on or off?

This place qoutes £70: http://www.directcouriersolutions.co.uk/product.php?id=41
Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
Scott CR1 SL 12
Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
Scott Foil 18

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  • EKE_38BPM
    EKE_38BPM Posts: 5,821
    Just like bikes are delivered to shops, I would
    Take off the wheels
    Turn the handlebars
    Take off the pedals
    Put something in the dropout to reduce/prevent it getting squashed
    Pad everything well
    Kneel down
    Prey to your god/gods
    Start saving for a new bike
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  • tgotb
    tgotb Posts: 4,714
    I've had several couriered to me (within the UK) without any incident, always been with wheels and bars off. Might be a good idea to take the rear mech off too.

    You need to put spacers between the dropouts. Your LBS should be able to give you a pair of these, aswell as a used box.

    Or you could book a couple of weeks off work and ride it there :-)
    Pannier, 120rpm.
  • daniel_b
    daniel_b Posts: 11,749
    Thanks gents, I would hope Decathlon will have this kind of stuff in abundance - will ask them how the bikes reach them when I collect it on Thursday.
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • tgotb
    tgotb Posts: 4,714
    If you're picking it up new, can't you just ask them for one they haven't built up, still in its box?
    Pannier, 120rpm.