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Old 04-26-06, 03:36 PM   #1
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Bikes on Caltrain in SF

has anyone here used Caltrain going from SF to SJ??
Is Caltrain pretty bike friendly on the bullet trains.??
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Old 04-26-06, 03:54 PM   #2
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They have a bike car in the north end. It's not a big deal.
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Old 04-26-06, 04:01 PM   #3
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Express trains can get a little crowded but Ive never had a problem with it.
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The 7am southbound bullet used to be really hard to get a spot on since there are only 16 bikes allowed in a bike car and usually only one bike car per train. After the schedule change, it's a little easier to get on there, but I haven't ridden caltrain since december, so...
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there was one time it had 2 car trains. it was actually on the way back from NAHBS. north end bike car was already filled but there luckily was another one on south end. not sure if caltrain had made a special arrangement that day in anticipation of more riders with bicycles or not but it sure was nice as i didn't have to wait another hour.

i occassionally go down to san jose (company HQ is there) and i have ridden bullet trains with my bike and never had any issues with it, but that might be because i'm usually at the station 5-10 minutes before the train leaves.
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I've been turned away from a 8:00 southbound bullet, as Judah said, because there was only one bike car on a new-style train with 16 spots. I get on the train at 22nd street, and the car had already filled with bikes at 4th and King. Other than that one time, I bring my bike on every day from SF to mountain view and back with no problems.

As a side note, it makes for a nice ride to just jump off the train a little early.
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Nice....thanks for the info...with gas prices getting all f-ed up I just dont wanna drive anymore.
Also It will be nice pulling into SF on Friday for the C-mass ride !!!
Thankssssssss!!!!!
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Also, just so you know, drinking is smiled upon on the train. I used to drink 40s every friday on the way home...
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