SHIPPING YOUR BIKE

The following instructions provide information on shipping your bike to the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) in preparation for arrival at tours like Shoreline West and MUP and their return to you. Please note that due to limited space and staffing, LMB will not be responsible for additional items; all items must be inside the bike box, only the bike box and it’s contents will be transported by LMB.

Before the Tour:

  1. Notify LMB that you have chosen to ship your bicycle for the tour. All notifications must be made in writing to tours@lmb.org.
  2. Ship your bicycle to the LMB offices at:
    League of Michigan Bicyclists
    410 S Cedar St, Ste A
    Lansing, MI 48912
  3. A trackable shipping service is required. Please insure your shipment. Your shipment must arrive no later than the Wednesday preceding the tour. Because LMB staff runs on a strict timeline, we cannot guarantee that shipments arriving after this date will make it onto the trucks.
  4. Be sure to purchase a return label so that your bicycle may be shipped back to you from Lansing after the tour. You are responsible for attaching this label at the end of the ride.
  5. Alert LMB at tours@lmb.org that the shipment is en-route. Please provide your tracking number along with the name of the carrier.
  6. Notify LMB at tours@lmb.org if you wish to save your shipping box. Tour staff will dispose of all shipping boxes unless you indicate you would like to save the box. Once notified, LMB will transport the box to the finish.
  7. Contact the tour mechanic directly if you want them to assemble your bike for a fee.

Once LMB has received your bicycle, tour staff will transport your still boxed bike to the start. You are responsible for reassembling the bike. You may do it yourself or pay a fee to the tour mechanic for assembly.

After the Tour:

  1. You are responsible for providing a shipping box, a pre-paid shipping label, and re-packing your bicycle at the finish. LMB will provide basic tools. For a fee, the tour mechanic will re-pack and ship your bike. Please contact the tour mechanic directly to make any arrangements.
  2. Attach the return label to the box and give the box to tour staff for transport.
  3. Bicycles with no method of return, including boxed bikes without shipping labels will be considered abandoned. After 7 days all abandoned bikes will accrue a $25/week holding fee. After 21 days abandoned bikes may be donated to a local bicycle community program.
  4. Owners of abandoned bicycles should immediately contact LMB at tours@lmb.org to make arrangements for their return. All fees including shipping and holding fees must be paid prior to shipment.

LMB Bicycle Drop-off Service

The following instructions provide information on dropping off and picking up your bike from the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) office for tours. You may drop off a bicycle either boxed or assembled and it will arrive at the destination in that condition. Please note that due to limited space and staffing, LMB will not be responsible for any items not permanently attached to your bicycle including bags, lights, computers, bottles, etc.

Before the Tour:

  1. Email LMB that you have chosen to drop-off your bicycle for the tour. All notifications must be made to tours@lmb.org.
  2. Call to arrange the drop-off at 517-334-9100. Drop off your bike no later than the Wednesday preceding the tour.
  3. Prepare your bike. Boxed bikes should be plainly labeled in black marker with the owner’s name and contact info. Unboxed bikes should be prepared for transport prior to drop-off as described below.
  4. Drop off your bicycle at the agreed time to the LMB offices at: League of Michigan Bicyclists, 410 S Cedar St, Ste A, Lansing, MI 48912
  5. Let us know at tours@lmb.org if you wish to save your shipping box. Tour staff will dispose of all shipping boxes unless you indicate you would like to save the box. Once notified, LMB will transport the box to the finish.
  6. Contact the tour mechanic directly if you want them to assemble your bike for a fee.

Once LMB has received your bicycle, tour staff will transport your bike to the start either boxed or prepared for transport as delivered. You are responsible for reassembling the bike. You may do it yourself or pay a fee to the tour mechanic for assembly.

After the Tour:

  1. You are responsible for re-packing your bicycle at the finish to prepare it for truck transport or re-boxing into your original box. LMB will provide basic tools. For a fee, the tour mechanic will re-pack and ship your bike. Please contact the tour mechanic directly to make any arrangements.
  2. Place the Bike Transport tag on either your bike or bike box. Give the bike/box to tour staff for transport back to the LMB office in Lansing.
  3. Bicycles without Bike Transport tags, including boxed bikes, will be considered abandoned. After 7 days all abandoned bikes will accrue a $25/week holding fee. After 21 days abandoned bikes may be donated to a local bicycle community program.
  4. Owners of abandoned bicycles are responsible for immediately contacting LMB at tours@lmb.org and make arrangements for their return. All fees including shipping and holding fees must be paid prior to release.

PREPARING YOUR BIKE FOR TRUCK TRANSPORT

Truck transport of your bike is included as part of charter bus transportation. Truck transport is also available when participants choose to have their bikes transported to and from the LMB offices. It is your responsibility to prepare your bike for truck transport.

Please prepare your bike for transport prior to arrival. We try to be as careful as possible, but we are not responsible for damage.

Boxed bike – The safest way to transport your bike. Boxed bikes will be secured onto the
floor of the bike trucks. Please let us know if you wish to save your bike box.

Assembled bike – PRIOR TO ARRIVAL, remove all bags, lights and locks and transport them in your luggage. Put protective padding on the frame making sure the bike rolls freely. Padding can be newspaper, foam pipe insulation, or bubble wrap. After padding your bike, if you are able, remove and wrap pedals. Then attach them to the bike inside the triangle where your water bottle holder is located. Anything attached to the bike could be knocked off in transit. Secure them with zip ties or lots of tape. UPON ARRIVAL turn your handlebars sideways, and remove pedals if they are still on the bike.

Tools and tape will be available at the loading/unloading area for these tasks.

Mechanic fees and contact information along with any tour questions should be directed to tours@lmb.org or (517) 334-9100.

We look forward to riding with you!