Courier company that will handle unboxed bike?

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Courier company that will handle unboxed bike?

Postby danfoto » 12 Aug 2020, 10:30am

I'm in East Sussex, the bloke who's just bought an e-bike from me is in Northern Ireland, and his plan for collecting it has just gone awry. Does anyone please know of a courier company that would entertain collecting and delivering an unpackaged bike?
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Re: Courier company that will handle unboxed bike?

Postby simonineaston » 12 Aug 2020, 10:34am

unpackaged? - highly unlikely for all sorts of reasons, for example handling, protection, safety, insurance... bike shops usually only too pleased to give away used bicycle delivery boxes, as they often simply get chucked away.
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Re: Courier company that will handle unboxed bike?

Postby danfoto » 12 Aug 2020, 10:35am

simonineaston wrote:unpackaged? - highly unlikely for all sorts of reasons, for example handling, protection, safety, insurance...


I know - hence my question ...
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Re: Courier company that will handle unboxed bike?

Postby simonineaston » 12 Aug 2020, 10:41am

You could always stick a stamp on it and hope for the best... Good Luck getting into the letter box, though! :roll:
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Re: Courier company that will handle unboxed bike?

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Re: Courier company that will handle unboxed bike?

Postby danfoto » 12 Aug 2020, 12:56pm

Thank you Jonathan. I was just trying to help the chap out, but I've now bounced the problem back into his court.
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Re: Courier company that will handle unboxed bike?

Postby rjb » 12 Aug 2020, 1:18pm

I had a tandem delivered by FedEx. Lake District to Somerset. It wasn't boxed but the frame was wrapped in cardboard plus the gear mech. The bars were turned and secured to the frame with the wheels in line. During transit it had "collected" a parcel destined for another address which I found caught up in the crossover chain. Fortunately it was local to me and the intended recipient collected it. No box involved.
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Re: Courier company that will handle unboxed bike?

Postby djnotts » 14 Aug 2020, 3:46pm

There is at least one, based in Bristol I think - if the name comes back to me I will edit. I sold a massive vintage tandem to a guy in Essex and all I had to do was tie a luggage label to it! Not cheap though!
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Re: Courier company that will handle unboxed bike?

Postby iandusud » 16 Aug 2020, 8:51am

Have you tried getting it delivered by as a part load in a van? There are many private "man in a van" businesses who will take part loads if you are on a route they are travelling if they have room in their van. I have used them for shipping motorcycles at a fraction of the cost of dedicated carriers with very positive results. Try here: https://www.shiply.com/

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Re: Courier company that will handle unboxed bike?

Postby simonineaston » 16 Aug 2020, 9:22am

I sold a massive vintage tandem to a guy in Essex and all I had to do was tie a luggage label to it!.
And to think that when I made a facetious and unhelpful remark about sticking a stamp on it, I was only joking!!
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Bike courier for unboxed bike

Postby Garry Booth » 6 Nov 2020, 6:40pm

Does anyone know someone who would collect a bike and deliver it to me without it being boxed up? The reason is that I want to buy a bike on ebay that is collection only - and the seller won't box it up. It isn't a particularly valuable bike, circa £150.

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Re: Bike courier for unboxed bike

Postby Jamesh » 6 Nov 2020, 7:01pm

From where to where? Perhaps a forum member might be going that way.

Would be a nice little job for some one man band delivering bikes off eBay.

I used a chap some time back for some car seats and that's all he did was eBay deliveries.

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Re: Courier company that will handle unboxed bike?

Postby alexnharvey » 7 Nov 2020, 6:11am

Some bike shops will box a bike for shipping.