FOR SALE Frame shipping?

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  1. HondaWonda

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    Anyone shipped a CT frame recently by USPS? Wondering what shipping runs these days after boxing.
     
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    Last time I shipped one (it was a while ago) it was key to keep the box size under the magic number of 108 inches = 2L+2W+H. A box 1x2x3 feet meets that criteria and you can fit a frame into a box that is under the 108 formula
     
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    Thanks Kirby, nice to see you are still here ....I was going to reach out directly but was embarrassed to do so being a prodigal son and all ...my two beautiful KO projects (hand rubbed sapphire blue and ruby red lacquer), have been mothballed for 4 years, finally assembling them now and realizing I've a ton of random parts, including a 1980 frame that's taking up space and I'm about to offload.
     
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    Much appreciated Scooter.
     
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    We're just glad to have you back.
    It's easy to goof when shipping a frame. If you sell it thru eBay, and you can pack it pretty light (and less than 108) eBay make shipping pretty reasonable. Check prices with all 3...USPS, UPS, and FedEx. FedEx was cheapest back in October. And...FedEx isn't too rough. I avoid UPS.
    IMO, perfect size box for a CT frame is 20 x 12 x 36 long. Swingarm removed. When you get it all packed up, shake it hard. If it moves inside...it WILL be a problem. Tight is right :)
     
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    BTW, if you've started assembly, have you started pics too??
    Pics please :D
     
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    Must be where your at- Fedex is terrible here,UPS fine. In the last year Fedex has lost a package, another time they delivered a box, left it in a tire track in the snow in front of the garage door. I do not open the door and walk out to look whats out there,I open the door sometimes when I'm in the car if it's really cold out and back out. Needless to say I drove over it. Yesterday they left a package out by the curb,our house is a 100 ft from the street....
     
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    I agree with kirrbby. FedEx has been the least expensive and they seem to exercise reasonable care. UPS is the worst, all of the damaged packages I've ever received were courtesy of UPS...at least they're the most expensive. USPS works best for sub-10lb packages...unless you're shipping internationally, in which case they're usually the only sane option.
     
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    Thanks very much guys - good to be back.

    Re packaging, I was going to go with UPS on cost grounds - I appreciate you correcting my false assumptions there. As for the packing photos, I'll take them. I'm a bit embarrassed to do so but will nevertheless. Embarrassed because I'm not planning on doing an architecturally drafted box (I'm in a bit of a time squeeze); my plan is to wrap the thing up (no swing arm on this one) in bubble wrap and soft foam scraps, tape the snot out of that and then put the mummified frame into a 2x2 wood stud reinforced cardboard box and plaster it with "Fragile" stickers (or as an old friend once said "fra gee ley ...that must be Italian for something, but not sure what"). Its going to be ugly, but as long as its not shaking around in there and has about 1-2" of shock absorbing bubble and foam plus a semi rigid shell to re-distribute the force of any shocks, I think it might be OK. If not, there's always insurance. ...let the shaming begin ;)
     
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    Actually, I just took a look at Kirrbby's box - he's got me beat as usual - good design with the frame floating inside of hard foam blocks ...looks to be about 3-5" of shock absorption in key risk points and no wood. I'm still ambivalent re the wooden frame as I've got a bunch of 2x2's and my compound miter saw out anyway.
     
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    The photos I'm hoping to see are of the bike(s) that you're building. You mentioned that you're starting to assemble your projects.
     
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    Oh, thank goodness, the boxing is awful. Yes, looking forward to posting those - frame pictures shortly.
     
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    I'm never selling another frame again.
     
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    Don't sweat it HondaWonda. You do your best, and...you've done your best. Hope for a little luck. If there is a problem, you just deal with it. I expect it will go over without a problem. MOST often, the shippers are good to you.
     

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