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BikeFlights is pleased to again partner with Pork Belly Ventures (Send My Bike) to offer you the best in RAGBRAI bike shipping and event concierge services. RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest recreational touring bicycle ride in the world. Started in 1973 by Des Moines Register reporters John Karras and Donald Kaul, the event is a seven-day bicycle tour that goes across Iowa from the Missouri River to the Mississippi River with stops in overnight towns along the way.

BikeFlights’ flat-rate bike shipping service makes it easy to book and enjoy round-trip shipping to and from RAGBRAI.

  1. Simply select whether you are shipping a traditional bike, e-bike, tandem bike or gear bag. If shipping a traditional bike, indicate whether you are purchasing a bike shipping box or will be using your own case or box. Bike shipping boxes are included for all e-bike shipments.

  1. Next, specify your amount of round-trip Premium Protection to fully cover the current market value of your bike or gear bag.

  1. Finally, select assembly, packing or both if you would like this service, or chose "No thanks" if neither assembly nor packing are needed.

The deadline for purchasing RAGBRAI bike and gear bag shipping is Wednesday, June 21, 2023. 

These RAGBRAI shipping services are available for customers within the contiguous U.S. Please contact our Support Team ([email protected]) for any inquiries about service from Alaska, Hawaii or other countries.

How It Works

If your order includes a bike shipping box, we will process your order within 1-2 business days and send a BikeFlights Bike Box Large (BBL) directly to you via our ground shipping service (typical transit time of 3-5 business days for most locations). Your box will arrive packed compactly, and you can easily store it under your bed or in a closet until you are ready to assemble and use it.

The BikeFlights Bike Box Large fits most road, gravel and mountain bikes, but does NOT fit tandems. Tandem shippers must provide their own box or case for shipping. You are responsible for ensuring you box or case does not exceed a shipment size of 165 inches (419 cm), does not have a length greater than 108 inches (274 cm) and does not weigh more than 150 lb (68 kg). If you ship a package exceeding any of these limits, you will be charged a carrier penalty of US$1,250, and your shipment may be stopped, delayed or returned to sender. Note: Shipment Size = L+ (2xW) + (2xH).

We’ll email your stage 1 shipping label to you by no later than Friday, June 30, 2023 and your stage 2 shipping label on Saturday, July 1, 2023, and we’ll schedule a pickup for your packed bike from the shipping address you input upon ordering. Your pickup will be scheduled for Tuesday, July 11, 2023. Please have your bike packed, labeled and ready for pickup on this date.

If you would like help packing your bike before you ship it to RAGBRAI, we suggest you hire a local bike shop. Check out our Bike Shop Finder to find a shop near you.

Once your bike arrives in Iowa, it will be well taken care of by Pork Belly Ventures. They’ll receive your bike and make sure it gets to the start where you can retrieve it on Saturday, July 22, 2023. If you also purchase assembly service, they’ll put your bike together for you. As part of this premium service, Pork Belly Ventures will transport your box or case from the start to the finish. After the event, Pork Belly Ventures will disassemble and pack your bike (if you’ve purchased this option), and once packed, they’ll get your bike back on its way home to you via BikeFlights as long as it's received by Saturday, July 30, 2023 at 5:00 pm.

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Refund Policy

Refunds for changes and cancellations to purchases through this page will be provided through June 21, 2023.

After June 21, 2023, you may still cancel or change your order and receive a refund for the BikeFlights shipping and/or box portion of your purchase as long as you have not yet used your shipping label(s) and/or box; however, there will be no refunds for the portion of your purchase that covers Pork Belly's on-the-ground concierge and/or assembly/packing services after June 21, 2023.

Credit card processing fees and/or box restocking fees will be deducted from all refunds for shipping and boxes, respectively.

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