Author Topic: Looking for suggestions on where to ship bike in Vancouver B.C.  (Read 343 times)

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Offline zan0416

The plan this September is to take Amtrak from our home in Oregon up to Vancouver, B.C. and essentially ride home via the Pacific Coast Route.  Unfortunately, it appears my long-wheel-base recumbent is not going to be welcome on Amtrak, so I am looking for anyone who can recommend a bike shop or other destination near the Vancouver Amtrak station where I can ship my bike and have it waiting for me when I get there.

Is there anybody out there who has had personal experience with this particular logistical challenge?
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Offline adventurepdx

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Re: Looking for suggestions on where to ship bike in Vancouver B.C.
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2014, 04:42:56 pm »
There may be shops in Vancouver that would probably accept your bike, but before you go down that road, I'd check on shipping costs first. While shipping something like a long-based recumbent via UPS or Fedex is going to be somewhat expensive in the States, when you ship it to another country (even Canada!) it can go into the realm of ridiculously expensive. And that's not including duties that Canada Customs may slap on the box. (That alone may scare some shops off from accepting your bike.)

It might be better to ship to Bellingham and either start the ride there or ride up to Vancouver (one day's ride.)

Offline zan0416

Re: Looking for suggestions on where to ship bike in Vancouver B.C.
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2014, 04:57:55 pm »
Excellent response, thank you adventurepdx.  We hadn't considered the cost factors of international shipping and customs, something to definitely research.

Bellingham does sound like a reasonable alternative, we'll look into that too.