Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
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AMTRAK's new California Surfliner service, from San Diego to Los Angeles, and, for a few runs, farther north, has very nice roll-on bicycle accommodations. Unfortunately, AMTRAK can substitute equipment without notice, and the older coaches lack this feature. This is a case where phoning ahead does not guarantee good service, although some station masters are more bike-friendly than others. Absent a roll-on rack, you are required to use the baggage car, which is a problem if your origin or destination station is not designated for baggage-handling. For those wishing to commute daily or weekly, boxing and $10 fees are really not not acceptable options.
If you want to travel by bike and train between Oceanside and Los Angeles, consider MetroLink instead. Between Oceanside and San Diego, use San Diego County's equivalent, the Coaster (www.sdcommute.com
). MetroLink service is restricted to the weekday peak commuting hours, but there are roll-on bike racks on all trains. If there is a regional commuter heavy rail system near you, check it out -- it may accommodate bicycles efficiently.
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Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069