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Rinko Bikes on Amtrak

Old 01-14-22, 08:12 AM
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My concern was the Amtrak section from Princeton to Philly where I was going to get onto a long distance train. My BikeFriday folds up quite small, not quite a rinko but much smaller than Amtrak's Spec on size. Maybe worth a try.
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Old 01-14-22, 08:41 AM
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My concern was the Amtrak section from Princeton to Philly where I was going to get onto a long distance train. My BikeFriday folds up quite small, not quite a rinko but much smaller than Amtrak's Spec on size. Maybe worth a try.
A Bike Friday is unquestionably a "true folding bike," so if it's within the stated size and weight limits, you're absolutely good to go, as far as I can see.
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Originally Posted by jonwvara View Post
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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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The only trains I have ridden were the "Superliners" that have a lower and upper level, there are shelves for luggage on the lower level right at the doorway onto the train, that I suspect is where they want the folding bikes on those trains. Other trains, I would have no clue.

After riding those a few times I have started to pack a carry on bag I leave near the door on lower level and another with the stuff I will want while on the train that I put on the shelf over my seat.

I have considered doing a short tour that used Amtrak with my folder, but have not gotten around to it yet. Covid put a dent in a lot of my plans, and continues to do so.

I was not really sure how much to fold my folder, removing the pedals and front wheel, doing the initial fold, and taking the steerer extension off the steerer takes almost no time at all. Some velcro to strap the parts together was my plan, but I was not sure if the Amtrak people would want it bagged up or anything like that. That is pretty much what it looks like in the photo, but I would have to add a rear rack for panniers. In the photo that is about 32 X 32 X 10 inches, but it would be bigger with a rack on back. I bought a Racktime Foldit Adjustable rack for that purpose.

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Nice! That's a lot smaller than a rinko-packed bike. Mine has a 63-inch frame, and its length when packed up is only an inch or two shorter than Amtrak's maximum length of 48 inches. I don't know if Amtrak requires that it go in a bag, but it's probably the courteous thing to do to keep getting chain oil on other bags nearby.

Yes, my experience has been that the regular, non-superliner trains have a baggage are at one end of a car (or maybe more than one car; depending on the train).
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Originally Posted by jonwvara View Post
... Mine has a 63-inch frame, ....
... length when packed up is only an inch or two shorter than Amtrak's maximum length of 48 inches.
I assume you meant 63 cm frame size. That is still a big frame with those units.

A Rinko packed bike that is almost four feet long might be a problem on the luggage shelves on an Amtrak Superliner.
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Originally Posted by Tourist in MSN View Post
I assume you meant 63 cm frame size. That is still a big frame with those units.
Oops. Yes, 63 inches would be a really big frame. I'm nowhere near that tall....
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