Sending Bicycles To The UK


#1 Aug 3rd, 2010, 16:46
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Dear all,

This probably isn't the most appropriate forum to put this thread in, but I was unsure as to where else it'd fit.

I'm heading back to London at the end of August and want to try and take a couple of Indian bikes with me. Unfortunately I think I'll be using up all the excess baggage I can get with other stuff, so I need to send the bikes independently.

Can anyone recommend/suggest an option for this? Courier, post, shipping?

All advice gratefully received.

Joe
#2 Aug 3rd, 2010, 18:41
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Joe,
If you look at the 'similar threads' section on the right hand side of the page, you'll find a few pertaining to sending international parcels from India. There have been a few discussions on the topic(you can search). People have done parcels - however, given the size of a bicycle(unless they're folding ones), I wonder if they agree to take it.

On a slightly different note, why are you wanting to take them all the way? Is it going to work out cheaper?
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Yes, do try a search, I recall this specifically being asked before; it stuck in my mind because my partner had just bought a rickshaw.

He has the advantage of a container shipment as part of his employment package though, which isn't much help to you.
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I am assuming these bikes that you are planning to take are Indian Roadsters. These usually come completely disassembled to the bike seller who would then assemble it before selling. You can take the bike in the disassembled state, but would require quite a lot of assembly back home.
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Nearly three years ago, but did anything come of this?
#6 Oct 22nd, 2013, 16:27
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Mmm I was hoping to find the answer here as well. I want to take a bike back for my wife. I guess it would be best to buy it in Dehli as we are each allowed 46kgs flying with Air India.
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Other than them being quite interesting, and me being slightly interesting in the process, Im not really sure what the attraction of taking an Indian bike back to the UK would be. I fly my bike to the Alps and back from the UK most summers, and its usually around 50gbp to add it at as a bike, in a bike bag (wheels/frontforks/pedals) removed with airlines such as SwissAir and EasyJet.


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Hi Daniel, thanks for your info, I've seen those bike boxes around at airports and may look into it, as for your comment "I'm not really sure what the attraction of taking an Indian bike back to the UK would be" have you seen the quality, still made the way we had had them back in the 60's, proper levers, no modern cables that rust and jam up. Then of course the best part is they only cost 30 brand spankers new.

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I can see the price bonus, and the hark back to heritage biking. But for 150quid you can get a cracking 6month old ex 'cycle-to-work' scheme hardtail. The solution to cable brakes is hydraulic ones.

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