I decided for my recent house sitting vacation trip to San Francisco – I wanted to take my bike but, it seemed to be cost prohibitive at $195 dollars to ship my bike round trip and an additional $75 dollar bike box to ship it in (not yet counting taxes) – Yikes! That was complete sticker shock.
So my initial thought was, ok that’s off.
Then, a funny thing happened on the way to buying a bike for mom.
There, on Walmart.com I spotted the “Huffy Savannah Road Bike” (Ladies’ or Men’s) for only $89! It had good reviews, seemed appropriate with a shipping warning (I’ll get to that in a moment). Shipping arrives unassembled but, free site-to-store shipping AND site-to-store will also assemble for free – Score! I ordered with “Please allow 2 weeks for delivery.” Ours arrived (Colorado to Southern California) in 4 business days. Bonus, online purchase comes with online tracking number. That removes a lot of the guess work for estimated time of arrival.
- Walmart Huffy Savannah Road Bikes
The store e-mailed me when it arrived for pick-up. I called and initiated assembly. Each store is a little different for the assembler and their hours. We had it assembled and ready for pick-up in three (3) additional days. So, in eight (8) days total, we had a bike ready to go for a grand total of $97 dollars.
I decided to attempt this same thing, with a few tweaks, for my San Francisco trip.
Oakland Airport to Walmart Logistics
Airport to Walmart, 1919 Davis Street, San Leandro, CA 94577
10 minute cab ride ($11 + $3 airport fee + $1 tip) = $15 cash. The cab did not take credit card. Boo!
The store opened at 10am. I arrived early and decided to head for the Starbucks in the same shopping center. That Starbucks is now closed; sometimes Google lies. I walked back down the street to Burger King, ordered coffee and did some writing.
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Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea. Can’t wait to take it on for my next trip to a new city. It’s the ultimate win-win-win situation: exercise, green and charity.