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    What's an easy and cheap way to transport a mountain bike 600 miles?

    I am driving a packed car 600 miles and would like to either attach my bike to the outside or more likely to send via a courier to the destination.
    It's a one way trip so these seem the best options.
    I could buy a bicycle carrier which seems a waste for a one off trip or I suppose I could get packaging from a bicycle shop and use a courier.
    I have a ParcelForce account but they charge a premium for the Scottish Highlands so anyone else posted a mountain bike?
    Any advice on bike carriers as I suppose they need to leave the number plate showing!

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    No but good luck

    ride it

    Original Poster

    srp111

    ride it


    Don't fancy towing the car which will be full as I am moving.
    But if you are offering to cycle yourself?

    Ride it. Would take about 7 days

    Offer to pay someone to ride it...

    You don't say why you need to transport it 600 miles but roof bars and a cycle carrier are a good investment . The carrier (Thule are best imo) halfords.com/cyc…ier . Probably available cheaper elsewhere and of course you would need a set of roof bars to mount it on .

    Roof mounting gives you the ability to put it on the roof with just a clamp and a couple of straps (30 sec job) and doesn't interfere with your boot / hatchback that rear mounted ones do . Worth the money as you may find you wish to travel to locations to ride .

    If it is really a one off a bike should easily fit into most cars/hatchbacks (certainly if you removed the front wheel -normally quick release ) without the need for a rack .

    Just read your comment ,scrub the inside the car suggestion then but roof bars would also give you extra space to load your gear . Roof bars will take a roof box and a cycle carrier and could prove useful in the future .
    Edited by: "rogparki" 5th May

    Shiply might be worth a try.

    You could try shiply.com

    Sticking it on the roof will be a loud 600 miles. A rear carrier in my opinion is less noisy, but you do lose the function of easily getting access to the boot. If you're looking for cheap, then try Gumtree or the likes. I picked one up for a tenner and have used to for 1 2 and 3 bikes at a time.

    Original Poster

    rogparki

    Roof bars and a cycle carrier are a good investment . The carrier (Thule … Roof bars and a cycle carrier are a good investment . The carrier (Thule are best imo) http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bike-racks/roof-mounted-bike-racks/thule-freeride-532-cycle-carrier . Probably available cheaper elsewhere and of course you would need a set of roof bars to mount it on .Roof mounting gives you the ability to put it on the roof with just a clamp and a couple of straps (30 sec job) and doesn't interfere with your boot / hatchback that rear mounted ones do . Worth the money as you may find you wish to travel to locations to ride .Roof bars will take a roof box and a cycle carrier and could prove useful in the future.


    Thanks and I will take a look at that.
    I might not have a car for much longer so wary of investing much in accessories so will look at shipping.

    I will look at Shiply so thanks both for the suggestion.


    Hire a van

    Original Poster

    geeadamg

    Hire a van


    Don't be silly as a helicopter makes more sense.

    Agharta

    Don't be silly as a helicopter makes more sense.



    Or a private jet

    Original Poster

    puddles9999

    Or a private jet


    I'll ask Elon Musk to build a tunnel to transport it as that is one of his things.

    Gaffer tape it to the car

    It could be cheaper to buy a new one? Or possibly take it yourself by train?

    Original Poster

    Maverick77

    It could be cheaper to buy a new one?


    Not likely plus whilst the bike isn't expensive it does meet my criteria which wasn't easy when buying it.

    Unless you need your car whilst you are there, how about going on the train and then booking in a bicycle place on the train, or, take the wheels off the bike so it will fit it and reattach when you are there. I previously got two full size mountain bikes in the back of a Ford Ka!!

    Contact bike shops ask them which courier they use use to find the cheapest?

    Original Poster

    nic421

    Unless you need your car whilst you are there, how about going on the … Unless you need your car whilst you are there, how about going on the train and then booking in a bicycle place on the train, or, take the wheels off the bike so it will fit it and reattach when you are there. I previously got two full size mountain bikes in the back of a Ford Ka!!


    Thanks but you are over thinking it as I just want advice on the question at hand.

    Anyvan.com
    Thebikerguide.co.uk
    2wheels2u
    Biketransporter.co.uk
    They do look primarily to move motorbikes but even if they don't move your bike they will be aware of those that may.

    why cant you just take the wheels off and put it in the car?

    You could dissasemble further if required, seat, forks etc etc.

    if you are close to Manchester and have a tow bar. I have a cycle rack you are able to borrow

    mikefs

    why cant you just take the wheels off and put it in the car?You could … why cant you just take the wheels off and put it in the car?You could dissasemble further if required, seat, forks etc etc.


    I'm wondering the same thing...? This costs nothing and doesn't take up that much space.

    Edit: you can find out how to do it online if you're not sure how to take everything apart and put it back together.
    Edited by: "kkcc" 5th May

    Original Poster

    kkcc

    I'm wondering the same thing...? This costs nothing and doesn't take up … I'm wondering the same thing...? This costs nothing and doesn't take up that much space.Edit: you can find out how to do it online if you're not sure how to take everything apart and put it back together.


    The car will be full otherwise I would do the obvious thing.

    Most bikeshops will have cardboard boxes for bikes that they'll give you for free if you decide on a courier.

    My daughter has moved to Germany and I sent all her belongings by sendmybag. They also do bikes, a fantastic service.

    Agharta

    The car will be full otherwise I would do the obvious thing.



    with a bit of effort the bike might fit...

    https://www.trail-business.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/disassembly.jpg

    Original Poster

    mikefs

    With a bit of effort the bike might fit.


    It will be full so no way would it fit not that I have the inclination to strip it down anyway. Two wheels alone wouldn't fit let alone everything else.
    Nice idea though.
    Edited by: "Agharta" 5th May

    Agharta

    Try looking up the meaning of the word full and you will realise there's … Try looking up the meaning of the word full and you will realise there's no way I can fit it in.



    I hope I didn't touch a nerve, your previous post seemed a little condescending and/or sarcastic. Good luck anyway, I think you have enough responses to make an informed decision.

    Original Poster

    https://www.senditnow.com/uk-and-worldwide-parcel-prices

    They collect and it might just fit the regular size with the wheels off but then they take up space in the car which is tight anyway with other stuff:

    Two day\x09£12.19\x09
    Two day large\x09 £38.26

    Will get packaging and see how that works out and talk to local cycle shops also for advice.
    Thanks all.
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