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Old 07-24-13, 06:37 AM
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Is transport bag really necessary?

Hi,

I'm moving at the beginning of September and I have to take my bike on a train. The railway officials said that it is not possible to take the bike on the train unless it is dismounted and packed.

I don't know if buying a transport bag for the bike is the right thing to do. I will probably use it once or twice a year, maybe not even that much. I am thinking of just putting it on a box instead, afterall it's just a 7 hour trip on one of the world's most comfortable (in terms of vibration) trains.

What are your suggestions? Did anyone experienced anything like this?

Thanks in advance.
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Dated, it was 1988, a group tour , 2 days ahead , we checked the group's bikes in at the Paris Station , Ticketed for Bern CH.

then , later , those 2 days, took the TGV to Lyon, then changed trains to Bern, the bikes were waiting for us at the station, in Switzerland.

the Bikes were transported by a slower train over-night, I expect. may have even been some on each of 2 nights ,IDK .

SNCF have suggestions?

Like not having it on the same train, (as above) or taking the slower trains which did have a car to carry bikes .

In My case.. the bikes were still whole, rolling on their wheels..
I think they draped plastic over them, perhaps for chain-grease barrier for the baggage handlers ..


Do it often enough , Brompton Folders are nice..

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A bike bag costs a few hundred dollars; a box costs about $35. Why not try it with a box this time and see how it goes? You'll know whether you'll want to use a bag in the future.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
SNCF have suggestions?
Actually you have to pay 10 euros more to take the bike on a TGV, but my destination (Milan) doesn't have the kind of TGV with the bike mounts. Trenitalia doesn't offer anything better as well.

Maybe back in the day you were treated like first class voyagers but nowadays TGVs are no different than public trains.

Disassembling the thing looks like the only option here, plus I will position it and keep a constant eye on it at all times. I'm guessing a 42" plasma box and some foam here and there should do the trick.

Thanks for the reply.
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Or ship freight .. DHL, etc.

Carton? pick up a bike box from the bike shop.. they ship on the Sea in them. it's recycling , reuse .


Warsaw to Jelena Gora PL, 91, overnight train the bike stood on it's end in the end of the corridor
I stayed awake so it did not depart in someone else's possession.

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Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
A bike bag costs a few hundred dollars; a box costs about $35.
My definition of a box is (like stated above) something thrown away like a TV box for which I won't pay.
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Maybe Plastic Sheet, disposable drop cloth , blue plastic tarps, would be sufficient ,

take off the pedals, loosen the bars, so they turn to minimum width. that may be enough..
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Thanks for the ideas! I decided to pack it like this:



This is the EVOC travel bag, the most efficient packing scheme I saw so far. Although it looks fancy I don't really think it deserves the 300 euro price tag. Not sth the duct tape can't handle. Plus I can fit in some t-shirts here and there
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