Hi, I’m certainly not an expert on this, I only know a little about the post office option-- I have heard of people sending their bikes back (to Canada, but what’s the difference?) through the post office.
I went there the other day, and what they told me was there’s a 20kg max, and that one side can’t exceed 1.5m
it gets a little more confusing than that though. You have to add up length, width, and height, multiply it by 2, then subtract the (now here’s where I’m not sure, maybe the length?), and it can’t be more than 300cm… or something like that anyway, I think it’s worth it to double check with the post office because it might just be accepted.
otherwise, I’m sure there’s a reader out there somewhere who has sent a bike home an hopefully they’ll reply!
I asked about this before I left Taiwan a few years ago. The post office is probably the cheapest option. From memory the box cannot exceed 1.05 metres in length and maximum weight is 20kg. Do a search on the web for packing bike boxes and you will get some useful tips about how to pack it. You will probably need to remove both wheels, the handlebars and possibly the rear derailleur and cranks. If it seems too difficult to pack you can always send the wheels in separate box.
I saw a guy bring his bike back to Canada with him. He had both wheels off and the handlebar off and packed together. Saw him check it in at the check-in for large and fragile items counter. But I think you will need to pay a bit extra, not sure if it will be the same price as doing the postal way.
Check the links below for instructions about the best way to pack a bicycle into a box. Taking it is baggage when you fly might be an option. Contact the airline directly first. There are usually special allowances for sporting equipment.
My boyfriend and I each took a bike home with us to Canada last year. We flew with Malaysia Airlines, had the bikes packed in their original boxes, and if I remember correctly, it costed somewhere around $3000NT each. We called the airline ahead of time, told them we would have extra baggage, and that was what we where charged. We didn’t have to pay any customs upon entry to Canada either. You just walk up to the counter and check all your stuff, bike included, at the counter. The biggest hassle was just getting all of our stuff and bikes to the airport…we ended up having to rent a small bus