How & how much to send a wheel to a purchaser ??

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How & how much to send a wheel to a purchaser ??

Postby Graham » 6 May 2010, 7:45pm

This rear wheel came off my Roberts Audax about 8-years ago when I shimergo'd

Campag Chorus hub ( circa 2000 ). ( several thousand miles use )
Mavic CXP-33 rim ( 1500 miles use - a replacement for an Ambrosio Balance rim which cracked around the spoke holes ).
Sapim spokes
Rebuild by . . .whoever Chas Roberts used to build wheels around that time 2002-ish

The cassette is a Miche replacement, 9-speed, 28-11t which has done a few thousand miles.

I was thinking of offering for £45 for pickup in Petersfield Hampshire.
I only have an indication that may cost between £10 - £15 to pack and post ( or courier ).

Has anyone any information about "sending wheels" ?
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Re: How & how much to send a wheel to a purchaser ??

Postby thirdcrank » 6 May 2010, 7:52pm

I sent somebody one last year and used the post office. I can't really remember much about packing it, except that I put it in a box, packed it well and took it to the post office.

That was where the fun began because the wheel was slightly free to move within the box and so was not easy to weigh.

The big advantages of the Post Office / Royal Mail are that the charges are on the www and they have offices all over.

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Re: How & how much to send a wheel to a purchaser ??

Postby gilesjuk » 6 May 2010, 7:54pm

Big cardboard box.

Probably easier by courier.

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Postby rjb » 6 May 2010, 8:14pm

I sent a pair of wheels by interparcel. They arrange a courier to pick up but you will have to box them up and print off the shipping labels. They were very efficient and cheaper than royal mail.
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Re: How & how much to send a wheel to a purchaser ??

Postby bigjim » 6 May 2010, 8:56pm

Will be about £8 by post office. Parceltogo will be about £5 I think. last one I sent with no cassette was around the £6.50 mark at the P.O.
Be aware if the cassette is used it may skip on your chain or even on a new chain so may not be of any value.

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Re: How & how much to send a wheel to a purchaser ??

Postby pioneer » 6 May 2010, 10:25pm

I sent two wheels off a few weeks ago and used the local Post Office. From memory,each wheel cost about £9.50 each and they were fairly heavy with S/A hubgears. I scrounged some old cardboard from work and made the boxes. All quite painless really.

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Postby goatwarden » 7 May 2010, 7:01am

sent a 700c 145oln rear wheel with no cassette or skewer but with a lightish knobbly tyre fitted last week. I used local post office and it cost just under £10 for 48 hour delivery.

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Re: How & how much to send a wheel to a purchaser ??

Postby Graham » 7 May 2010, 7:42am

Thanks for all your information so far.

Regarding the wear on the cassette. I seem to get 20-30 thousand miles out of my cassettes. This one is hardly worn by my standards **

** Fair-weather cyclist : Regular chain cleaning : Chainwear closely monitored

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Re: How & how much to send a wheel to a purchaser ??

Postby Mick F » 7 May 2010, 7:42am

I sold a pair a couple of years ago, and used cling film!

I cut some cardboard into 4 or 5 inch strips and curved it around between the wheels to hold them apart, then used cling film to wrap them together. In the end, I had a solid and strong disc that I could then wrap in brown paper. I made sure that there was some cardboard pads on the axle ends so the brown paper didn't puncture.

I addressed it, and took it down to the post office. Sorry, can't remember the price, but it was very reasonable.
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Re: How & how much to send a wheel to a purchaser ??

Postby Tonyf33 » 8 May 2010, 1:20am

royal mail would be £4.41 for up to 2kg, £7.06 for 2-4kg both with £41 insurance included (if packing properly It might be a struggle to get it under 2kg) An extra £1 buys you £100 insurance.
Advantages is that you can drop it off yourself & the job is done. Disadvantage is that it can take 4- 5 days to deliver.

Couriers, Parcel Monkey is £6.87 with £50 insurance incl.
parcel2go is £7.04 with £50 insurance incl.
Advantages; quicker delivery & trackable service with signature on delivery. Disadvantage; you have to wait in until the courier arrives which could be anywhere from 8am to 7pm!

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Re: How & how much to send a wheel to a purchaser ??

Postby rogerzilla » 8 May 2010, 6:31am

Don't take it to a small post office. They are frequently run by jobsworths who won't take anything that won't fit through their "hatch", even if it is well within the laid-down size limits. They could open the door and take it, but...no.

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Re: How & how much to send a wheel to a purchaser ??

Postby thirdcrank » 8 May 2010, 9:29am

rogerzilla wrote: ... They are frequently run by jobsworths ...


It's a specified part of the work experience required to become a GP's receptionist. :wink:

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Postby Mick F » 8 May 2010, 10:24am

Our Post Office is small, but they are lovely people and do a fantastic job. Mary, Steve and the staff are an asset to our community and not at all "Jobsworth".

The wheels I posted were passed through the door.
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Re: How & how much to send a wheel to a purchaser ??

Postby Gearoidmuar » 9 May 2010, 7:18am

It's wheely encouraging to hear that that some places have a bespoke post office and haven't lost their bearings in this increasingly tyring world..

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Re: How & how much to send a wheel to a purchaser ??

Postby mw3230 » 9 May 2010, 8:20am

thirdcrank wrote:
rogerzilla wrote: ... They are frequently run by jobsworths ...


It's a specified part of the work experience required to become a GP's receptionist. :wink:

Mick F wrote:Our Post Office is small, but they are lovely people and do a fantastic job. Mary, Steve and the staff are an asset to our community and not at all "Jobsworth".

The wheels I posted were passed through the door.


I think I'd rather have a surly but efficient member of staff - I hate those friendly chatty people who are soooo slow because they insist on talking to every customer - usually at a volume which allows the whole shop to hear what's being said

"Hello Mary, how are you today. How's the incontinence problem, still dribbling, that'll be £2, has Tom still got that nasty rash? and there's your stamps dearie"

I feel like shouting "Shut up and get on with your job"
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