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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-24-2006, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
i need a new bike, this one is trashed
 
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Advice needed!! Bike Transportation

What is the best vehicle I can hire to go and pick up a bike from upstate New York and bring it back to Chicago? Can i get a pickup truck or something for cheap for a couple days?
I know Uhaul hires out trailers for cheap but I don't have a hitch on any of the cars in my household. If I were to decide to get a hitch for one of the cars around how much will it cost me? and where is the best place to get one?

Any ideas/suggestions will be greatly apreciated.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-24-2006, 05:50 PM
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You can rent a van or you can get a pick up truck. Just call around to check rates. Call U-Haul, Home Depot (not supposed to use them long distance, but what they don't know...) or even Budget.

As for a hitch you can have one put on your car. It's not a lot of money if you plan on using it often. I think it cost about $300 for parts and labor for a hitch to be installed on my '98 Sentra.

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Why not have it shipped, most likely is cheaper than the gas alone would be even if you already had a truck of your own.

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i can get my bike into the back of a chrysler minivan, all i need to do it remove the windscreen.

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just fly out there and ride that hog home.
I rented a pick up for two day and drove from colorado to chicago and it was less than $200 but that was one way
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I would ship it, it's usually $600 or so.
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I had a bike shipped down to FL for around $450. Check these guys > http://www.idtransport.com/

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just fly out there and ride that hog home.
there is no better way
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-25-2006, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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My first choice was to ride it down too but it's a 1974 RD350 project bike and even if I did get it running I wouldn't want to ride that all the way back.
Shipping is also not an option as the person who has possesion of the bike right now dosen't hav ethe time to get it crated up and stuff.
I guess a rented van or pickup is the way to go.
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There are bike shipping companies that will go to the house and crate it up right there. He's gotta have enough time to answer the door, right?
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There are bike shipping companies that will go to the house and crate it up right there. He's gotta have enough time to answer the door, right?
i am trying to find a flaw in your logic, but the only thing that comes to mind is some big fat guy that is bound for the mourey povich show because they need to take the wall out of his house to get him to the hospital because he is weighed in percentage ton, not pounds...

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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-26-2006, 01:13 PM
 
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where is it and how much would you pay me to go get it for you?
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post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-26-2006, 01:48 PM
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I have a van you can rent. Let me know.
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I have a van you can rent. Let me know.
Good2Go van rentals! Best in the Chicagoland area. Complete with shag carpet!

Sorry Steve I couldn't resist!

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Good2Go van rentals! Best in the Chicagoland area. Complete with shag carpet!

Sorry Steve I couldn't resist!

LOL thats ok I couldn't either
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