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Old 11-08-05, 04:51 PM   #1
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On the bus rack or underneath in the cargo bay?

New to the fold here! I recently bought a Bike Friday and am about to start commuting with it when the weather permits. This being November in Denver, that could be hit or miss. Anyway, RTD buses here all have bike racks on the front. My bus is a Greyhound-style, with a cargo area underneath, too. I have never seen a folder on one of the bus racks. You squeeze a handle, the rack comes down, you put both tires in a narrow slot and bring a padded arm up and over the front tire to secure it. It looks too big to me for a 20" tire, but I don't know. They also let you stow the bike below, but it's a corrugated metal box and I can just see my shiny new BF sliding and banging around under there. Has anybody tried those particular bike racks? Thanks!
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do you have a picture of the bus rack?
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They have pictures of it and how it works at
www.rtd-denver.com/, go to Special Rides, then Bike 'n Ride.
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hmm. looks like it's pretty versatile. the bf has a pretty standard wheelbase (even though overall length is shorter due to smaller tires,) so I'd guess you will be ok. seems preferable to storing in the bin if it works.
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your bike will fit...we have the same type racks here in the LBC...when my BF died on the first day i had to bus it to the LBS...works fine
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This sounds encouraging.
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Now I see that they say the rack will hold kids' bikes. That should do it.
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Is bagging the bike and carrying it abourd an option?
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Not on my type of bus; it has a very narrow aisle and a tight turn at the front where you get on -- you have to clutch even a briefcase close to manage it. Light rail or the regular city buses with a wide aisle, no problem. My bus is an express and a different design.
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Sorry I missed this thread earlier. I use those racks with my 20-inch tired Dahon Speed TR all the time. No problem. You'll want to take care of the derailer location and perhaps the brakes but that would be the case regardless of tire size. I put the rear on the side opposite the flip over handle and just take car not to mash the flip over handle against the brakes.
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I recently bought a Brompton & it fits with about 2 - 3 " of clearence down the aisle of the greyhound-type buses. I head straight to the backand put the bike on my lap. No problems at all, except for one driver who made a comment..... I say fold it up, if it can fit in the aisle, and your bus isn't packed, go for it.... if the driver says somehting, then you can put it in the underside. My 2c.
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