- Jun 27, 2008
I frequently travel with a Dahon MU P8. I agree that it wouldn't fit very well in VL room if there are two people (I've never traveled alone in one). What I did once was sneak the bike onto a coach where there was ample luggage space. I did this successfully departing CHI on the LSL and returning from Albany after biking the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany.So I'm thinking about bringing my folding bike (Dahon Vitesse, 20" wheels, about 25 pounds) on a trip to Florida (PHL to ORL.) And I'm trying to decide if it'll be too big a hassle or not. The policy says you are allowed to bring on a folding bike as carry on, but the Viewliners don't have the dedicated cargo space that Superliners have, so how does that work? I can't imagine jamming a folding bike in a roomette with me.
Or--I can I check a folded bike as is or would I have to put it in something? (Do we know the dimensions of the bike box? I would think I would be able to just fold my pedals up to fit it in a bike box, versus taking them off.) Or do I just not fold it, treat it like a regular bike and hand it to baggage car staff as part of the walk up bike service?
(I suppose I'm just soliciting opinions before I call Amtrak myself, given that not all Amtrak staffers are equally aware of all Amtrak policy.)
Several times when traveling to Florida, I packed it in an airline legal suitcase; and the station agents were kind enough to store the suitcase until I returned. But I wouldn't count on that. Another time we manage to carry the suitcases to our motel.
A 20" Dahon would get lost in an Amtrak box; and I doubt you would have to remove the pedals. Since your origin and destination has walk up bike service, I would go that route. I don't see why you would have to fold it (nothing in the rules indicating that a clown bike is not acceptable). I doubt Amtrak will have thought through the question of whether walk up bike service for a folder works better folded or not.