Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Pennsylvania and Colorado - Snowbird with bad sense of direction & humor... Retired now Ski Bum... My Ride - Montague - Paratrooper
Bikes: Montague - Paratrooper
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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.