Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: NE Tx
Bikes: Tour Easy, Linear USS, Lightening Thunderbolt, custom DF, Raleigh hybrid, Felt time trial
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I guess it's bad form to answer your own question, but as no one else has chimed in, here goes.
The Amtrak bike box is 69x41x8.5 inches. The Tour Easy measures out at about 65" minus wheels. So should work as a checked bag on any train. $5 fee. They ask $15 for their boxes, but you can fashion your own if you're into saving a few dollars. Check with the nearest station that will accept checked baggage
to verify they have the box. Most will.
As the bike is considered checked baggage, transfers should be reliable, but when possible, be best to
monitor the transfer so that you and the bike will arrive together.
Would still like to hear from anyone whose actually traveled with a boxed lwb bent via Amtrak.
Edit: A bike that needs a larger box than standard should be checkable as long as it doesn't weigh more than 50 lbs. Confusion on the part of station masters reigns on this point. If a problem, have them call 800-377-6914, the number for Amtrak Express, for verification of the policy.
Link to excellent article on Amtrak travel with a bike.
The bicycle is one of the great inventions of mankind. Delights children, challenges young men to feats of daring, and turns old men into boys again.--Me
Last edited by Cyclebum; 07-09-12 at 02:32 PM.