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How To Send A Bike By Courier

7th May 2020, 4:05pm in Shipping Advice by Jo Lomax

Sending a bike via courier is the easiest and cheapest way to ship a bike, so whether you are clearing out the garage, making some money on eBay or just donating a used bicycle to a loved one, let Interparcel handle the shipping for you.

If you're looking for the easiest, safest and cheapest way to send a bike then this guide will give you some tips on how to protect your bike in transit, how to send a bike by courier and what the cheapest bike delivery options are.

Interparcel make shipping a bike as easy as posting a letter – even easier really as you can do it from the comfort of your sofa!

Can I send a bike by post?

Well, whilst we wouldn't recommend popping to the Post Office with your bike and a stamp, we do have some shipping solutions that are just perfect if you want to get your bike from A to B quickly, cheaply and in one piece.

If you are looking for an affordable, easy to use bike courier service then you've come to the right place! You can post a bike with Interparcel and it will cost less than you think!

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What services can I use to ship a bike?

This is a great question, there are so many courier services around it can be difficult to know which is the best one to use. Some of the big-name parcel delivery firms can't handle larger items at all and you don't want to go to the hassle of creating an account just to find out an hour down the line that it's too expensive to ship or they won't even collect it for you!

Luckily, at Interparcel we make sending a bike – (or any item actually) really simple and straightforward you just need to tell us:

  • How big your packaged bike is
  • How much it weighs
  • Where it's going

Our clever courier comparison tool will compare hundreds of parcel services in seconds and return only the ones suitable for your packaged bike! Even better is that we've set up major accounts with the courier companies and secured competitive rates so you can rest assured that posting a bike is cheap and easy!

There are no lengthy account forms to fill out, no credit checks and no second-rate service – first class all the way!

Depending on the size of your bike box you are most likely to be presented with the following couriers as the best options shipping a bike:

  • Tuffnells - are the experts at handling big and bulky parcels. Sending a bike with Tuffnells is made easy with Interparcel as it's possible to arrange next day Tuffnells delivery at the cheapest prices without an account.
  • Hermes Light & Large – bicycle delivery with Hermes Light & Large is perfect if you are on a budget and you don't mind waiting a few days for delivery.
  • Parcelforce Large – Although the post office won't accept a bike you can still use Parcelforce to courier a bike. The same great service that you're used to – but at a very affordable rate!

How much does it cost to send a bike?

Well this is going to depend on which bike delivery service you choose to use and how big the parcel is. Our prices for a standard sized bike shipping box start from around £16 for UK mainland delivery. If you want the bike delivered next day you can pay a little more for a faster service.

A disassembled bike

How do I package a bike?

Sending a bike by courier is easy and safe to do. To ensure it arrives in perfect condition, you'll need to prepare your bike for shipping. We recommend spending some time packaging your bike carefully to protect it against damage. The best thing to use is a specially designed bike shipping box as this will be large enough to fit your bike and offer some protection against knocks and bumps in transit.

Grab some bubble wrap, packing peanuts or screwed up newspaper to use as internal packaging and some parcel tape to secure your box.

  • Remove the pedals, handlebars, saddle section and wheels from the bike frame – this should be easy to do with some basic tools
  • Carefully wrap these with bubble wrap or extra cardboard to protect them from knocking into the rest of the bike
  • Place the main frame of your bike in the bike box
  • Place the wheels in the box next – ensuring that there is adequate padding between the metal of the bike and the metal of the wheels
  • Arrange the pedals, handlebars and saddle in the box – ensuring that all bare metal is securely padded to protect any scratching
  • Use any left-over bubble wrap, packing peanuts or scrunched up newspaper to fill any empty space in the box to stop the bike moving around
  • Securely tape the box shut and affix your labels
  • Then just wait for the bike courier service to collect your parcel!

So get ready to dust off your bike, get packing, money in your back pocket and extra space!


A bike in a box

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