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Old 07-10-07, 05:46 AM
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Folding bikes on Amtrak

Does anyone know if Amtrak lets you take a folding bike on?
They have a no bike rule, but a folding bike could sit with me and not take much room.
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Old 07-10-07, 06:24 AM
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You can have folding bikes, but they have to fold to within a certain size. If you ask the Amtrak guy at the counter they can look it up for you, I've had them do it in the past.
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From the Amtrak web site:
http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/Conten...m2Copy&ssid=43

Folding Bikes Brought Aboard as Carry-On Baggage

Folding bicycles may be brought aboard certain passenger cars as carry-on baggage. Only true folding bicycles (bicycles specifically designed to fold up into a compact assembly) are acceptable. Generally, these bikes have frame latches allowing the frame to be collapsed, and small wheels. Regular bikes of any size, with or without wheels, are not considered folding bikes, and may not be stored as folding bikes aboard trains.

You must fold up your folding bicycle before boarding the train. You may store the bike only in luggage storage areas at the end of the car (or, in Superliners, on the lower level). You may not store bikes in overhead racks.
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Old 07-10-07, 04:17 PM
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Put it in a bag and they will likely not know it's a bike.
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as a frequent Amtrak user (NY to Boston) I've pretty much given up on carrying the bike- even the folder.

The Amtrak employees seem either clueless, intentionally vague or at times downright hostile when approached about bringing a bike of any kind on any of the trains.

The Acela can be real tight for baggage of any kind and during peak times even a folder can be refused.

The best bet is a good bag for the folder and not let them know it's a bike- it's kind of like gays in the military- don't ask, don't tell.
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If asked, tell them it is a salesman's sample.
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