UPDATE: Solved -> https://www.warmshowers.org/comment/27368#comment-27368
Hi, my fellow cyclists,
it's that great time again: I get to go on a long trip soon :D
Short version: I want to send my bicycle from Germany to the USA and pick it up there. Any tips?
This time I'm planning a few weeks together with my wife in SE Asia without the bike. After that she has to go back to her studies :P and my plan is to ride across the USA from West to East.
So my current itinerary is something like Munich -> Bangkok (with a stop-over in Kiev) and then from there to the US (probably with stop-overs as well). Like everyone else on this site, I hate the hassle of flying with a bicycle. Especially when I don't need it for a few weeks and I have to bother storing it.
So my idea was to ship my bicycle + baggage ahead and pick it up when I arrive. I saw that DHL offers a 31kg package for ~100 USD which sounds amazing. My question to you is if anyone has better suggestions? How about customs, is that something I have to worry about when I ship my own stuff to myself? Where do I send the package to, because timing the arrival is probably hard?
I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks and have a good one :D