Commuting - Amtrak - Bike Box - Advice?
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07-23-08, 07:23 PM
So I'm taking my bike on Amtrak tomorrow. Apparently the only way is put the bike in their box (or any box) and check it as luggage. So got myself the Amtrak cardboard box. Anyone out there who has used their box and/or brought their bike on the train through checked baggage? Any advice on packing the bike?
So I got hte bike in, put towels around the front fork and rear fork to add some padding and to keep the bike from moving around. Although it really doesn't help the bike from moving around as the box just kind of bends/creases. I suppose it will be safe...assuming they're laying the box on it's side.
ANyways, any advice and experiences greatly appreciated.
Did you call them, some trains have room for your bike fully assembled.
If you can, show up the day before. They'll take the box and load it on the train when it's time and you won't have to lug it around with your other stuff.
I wouldn't stress over it.
I bought a bike from Clever Cycles in Portland and had it shipped via Amtrak to Raleigh, NC - which involved at least three trains, probably four. The bike was perfect when it got here. All they did is remove the pedals and loosen the stem to turn the handlebars.
Much, much safer I think than UPS/Fedex.
If I were worried and wanted to provide some type of extra protection, I might drape a moving quilt over the bike before rolling it into the box. Nothing like the wrapping of every tube that I do when I ship a bike to someone.
07-23-08, 09:02 PM
Unfortunately they can only take the bike in a box as checked baggage. I really wish they had one car that had a few bike hooks as they do on light and commuter rail...
Yeah, I'm sure I'm over stressing it :P
I actually just took my handle bars off the bike, and just kind of taped them to the frame (paper towels between each). Why I didn't loosen the stem is beyond me :D
I'll know all the don'ts for my return trip :P
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