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  • Bummer that you got tagged with the fee. Have similar experiences with full sized bikes on Amtrak. No fee one way and then a hard case employee hell-bent on charging a fee on the return.
    My experience with Brompton, at least on an airplane is: it’s only a bike if I call it a bike, especially if it’s in a bag and under the dimensional and weight requirements.
    Too bad ‘the Dog’ doesnt get it. Although I think this a great PR opportunity for them to embrace bikes and engage multiple-modal tourists to their services.
    You guys rock! :)

    November 04, 2011
  • Peter

    There is frequent discussion of bags suitable for transporting Bromptons in the Bromptontalk forum: http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/BromptonTalk/

    Your duffle-bags look good and strong, but aren’t they rather heavy and bulky to carry once you reach your destination?

    Folding down to the size of a thick paperback book, and weighing only about 200 grams, some people use a tough semi-transparent plastic bag available from Ikea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVmQBHwHwSQ

    If a bus-driver wants to charge you for transporting a bike, tell him “No, it’s a mobility accessory”

    November 04, 2011
  • About 30 year ago I rode across Canada and at one point decided to take the train for a section of the journey. Nothing could have been easier. the train had a special baggage car which had hooks in it where I merely handed the bike to the baggage handler who hooked it on. Years later I tried to repeat the process. No baggage car, no handler, no way to take the bike on the train at all. I ended up getting it on to a bus but only after getting it boxed which required partial dis-assembly and paying a fee. The RR said the baggage car and handler had to be let go for economic reasons of course now they never get me as a passenger. I suppose if the RR lets go all staff and all cars it will be so efficient it’ll make a fortune.

    November 04, 2011
  • babs levedahl

    You are telling the truth AND avoiding a fee if you call it EXERCISE EQUIPMENT.

    November 04, 2011
  • todd

    bromptons are pretty unique in folding to suitcase size with greasy parts on the inside, and no major pokey/delicate protrusions. meaning that they are uniquely “good citizens” in crowded transit situations, even without a bag or box. but this puts carriers in the awkward position of appearing to endorse a specific brand, discriminating against more popular (cheaper) ‘uns. so instead they make rules about all folding bikes, which in some cases can be nearly as cumbersome as non-foldies, and well… brompton pays for the sins of other brands.

    November 04, 2011
  • JP

    I, too, have used that Bend/PDX bus and got grief at both ends for the Brompton, despite its being in the bike cover Brompton sells. I didn’t get hit with the extra fee, at least. Despite the bike being well within the company luggage size and weight policy, the drivers seemed to be annoyed at the awkward shape of the package, even after I showed them the easy way to lift, by the exposed saddle. I tipped heavily hoping for less grief next time, but now find myself inclined to just drive instead. Sad. Amtrak, on the other hand, could not have been easier or more accomodating, kudos to them.

    November 04, 2011
  • So true,but isn’t it fun sneaking the Bromptons in places?I got the Brompton cover recently,real fun!Like yourself,I have squeaked it thru hand luggage scanners,past doormen,into Shinto shrines ad infinitum.Teehee!

    November 04, 2011
  • The other Carl

    Down here the OCTA has a double bike rack, works great with a bike that has 26in wheels. My Safari is 700cc/29in so I use a twisty (Foam casing with a bendable metal center) to ensure the wheel stays in the rack. One day a bus with a older almost lost my bike because one side is actually open around the rear wheel. Lucky it did not fall because of my strap technique. OCTA has a DAHON promotion and accepts folding bikes w/o restriction. So there are real advantages in the OC for folding bikes on the OCTA bus system.

    November 04, 2011
  • markphilips

    Have you considered using the Brompton saddle bag and rain cover?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ic6cssX_50

    November 15, 2011
  • Mark,
    Yes. We have a pair, but often are able enough to get it on without a hassle that we stopped carrying it. Oh well. Hit or miss sometimes.

    R

    November 15, 2011
  • Jena

    We tour with Bike Friday bicycles in a bag and at first had some hassle. Now when asked to declare what they are we just say “bicycle parts” and it has never been a problem again.

    November 16, 2011
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