If you need to transport a bike across the country then the first thing you’d think about is how much it’s going to cost you. If you’re selling your bike and you’re lucky enough to have someone come and collect it for you, then you don’t need to worry about this. But for those of us who need to rely on the USPS, it’s going to cost money.
But how much does it cost?
How Do I Ship A Bike With USPS?
It’s quite a simple process once you look into it, so there’s no need to stress! The first thing you have to do is pack your bike. Depending on the bike’s size will determine how much packaging you’ll need to use.
The smaller the package, the easier it is to ship.
Secondly, book your shipment through the official USPS channels. Enter the dimensions of your package and they will tell you how much your shipment will cost. From here it’s a case of checking out and finalizing the process.
Next, you’ll need to sort out the handing over of your bike to USPS. There are two ways to go about it, so it’s up to you and whatever is easiest for your needs.
You can either drop your bike off at a carrier center, which can be quite effortless if you live close to one, or you have time to do so. Alternatively, you can have your bike picked up.
If you’re far from a carrier center or you’re busy, then it can be more convenient for you to have your shipment picked up. Again, it’s down to personal preference, so choose whichever is the easiest option for you.
Last but not least, track your order! This is by far the easiest step, all you have to do is sit back and wait for your shipment to be delivered to your chosen destination.
How Much Does It Cost?
When it comes to costs, the further you want to send your bike, the more money you’re going to have to spend.
If you’re shipping your bike anywhere up to 50 miles, then it will cost you $80. Likewise, with 51-150 miles, it’ll cost you $80 to send your bike on its way.
There’s no difference in price between these two options, meaning that you don’t necessarily need to spend lots of cash in order to ship your bike further than 50 miles, up to 150.
From now on, it goes up about $22 for each growing category. For example, to send your bike anywhere from 151-300 miles, it’ll cost you $101.70, however, it will cost you $123.45 to send your bike anywhere from 301-600 miles.
If you’re looking to ship your bike a distance between 601-1000 miles then it will cost you $144.90. Alternatively, if you’re shipping your bike anywhere in the US between 1001 and 1400 miles then it’ll cost you $166.60.
The price will then jump up to $188.25 for those wishing to transport their bike between 1401 miles and 1800 miles.
The final price bracket is the same for any distance over 1800 miles or freely associated states. Due to the high distance of shipping required, this will cost you a total amount of $210, for both of these options.
Freely associated states can include places such as Guam, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marina Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.
USPS has thought of every possible destination that you may want to send your shipment to, keeping things as easy as possible.
It can be an intimidating thought of having to send a bike elsewhere, whether it’s only to your neighboring state or whether it’s to the other side of the country.
However, when you look into it and plan your journey, USPS makes your experience a lot easier than you may have anticipated at first.
Whether you’d rather drop your bike off at a carrier center or have your shipment picked up from your doorstep, transporting your bike has never been easier!
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