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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 3:14 pm 
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Anyone know of a cheap service to Australia from the UK? I took a set of forks in a standard fork box to the PO and Parcel Farce quoted £55!

Anyone had any experiences doing similar?

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If you can, make the box smaller. It goes more on volume rather than weight, although posting lead would be quite expensive :D
It only cost me £6.50 to post a coil-over rear shock, which wouldn't be far off the weight of a pair of P2's.


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It cost me about £16 to send a set of rigid forks to Australia as a small air mail package. Standard non insured though.


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OrangeRetro wrote:
It cost me about £16 to send a set of rigid forks to Australia as a small air mail package. Standard non insured though.


Cheers fella, was that a standard PO thing, and did you use a standard size fork box? Thanks again,

Pete


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if its a suspension fork the take it apart to make it smaller,ignore the parcel force website,take it to the PO and send it as a small packet,thats if you can make it small enough.....


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pete_mcc wrote:
OrangeRetro wrote:
It cost me about £16 to send a set of rigid forks to Australia as a small air mail package. Standard non insured though.


Cheers fella, was that a standard PO thing, and did you use a standard size fork box? Thanks again,

Pete


I packed it up using some pipe lagging that I'd received another set of forks in, so if anything it probably weighed a little more then if I'd just put it in a box. The size of the parcel was what you would probably expect from a set of forks. I just packed them up, took them down to the post office and got them to explain the options and prices.. The guy I sent them to was happy with the basic service.


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The best way to make it light and small as possible, to wrapped the forks with bubble wrap (big air bubble type), go around a few times then cut thick cardboard to shape of forks on top and bottom, finally extra strong tape wrapped it all together.

This should work ok, hope this will helps.


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whatever you find to be cheapest/best - can you share here? :wink: Try and keep it all together in one place.

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=50824


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FYI Pete, the forks that OrangeRetro sent were to me :-)

If Royal Mail is anything like OZ post, most of the staff have no idea what they're doing anyway

Andy :cry:


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