I want to start taking the train into work and biking to and from the station. I would like to get a full-size folding bike. It's only about 4 miles, round trip. No hills. I would also use it around town for errands and stuff.
I was looking at the Montague line of bikes. They look really well made and I like the design. The X50, in particular, looks to be perfect(my budget is somewhat limited).
Has anyone ridden a Montague? Any info on this or any other bike would be greatly appreciated.
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I've been using a Montague Paratrooper for about six years. I don't commute (anymore). In the past I have used trains, busses, subways, a bicycle for my daily commute. Montague builds a quality product. No ‘high end road bike’ but not the 'Wallyworld special' either.
I went with a folder because of limited trunk space in my previous four wheel vehicle. The Montague serves the purpose. It's quick to pack into the trunk. Mostly used as a ‘non-folder’ now days. (Open the garage door, jump on the bike, go for a ride, return to the garage.)
I haven’t taken the bike onto public transportation often. When I do it’s been loaded on the front rack of the local bus.
Have others taken a full sized folder onto your train? Check the railroad policy.
When I used a train to commute, ‘packages’ needed to fit ceiling racks or between seats. You couldn’t use a vacant seat. Then there’s the problem of accessing the train from the platform. There were two commuter railroads in the city where I worked. One had ‘low platforms’ the other had ‘high platforms’, the ‘low’ platforms required you to lift whatever you wanted to carry onto a short/narrow flight of steps. Big items - like a full sized folder could be difficult. Then again some of the other riders would carry their ‘art portfolios’ up the steps.
Thanks for the info. I'm in NJ and you can bring regular bikes on the train. But during rush hour, things will be a little crowded. These bikes definitely stand out from the rest of the folding bikes out there.