The rules of transport bicycle by train are governing the transportation of bicycles in electric trains permitting transportation in the vestibule (no more than one bicycle) with payment depending on the distance of the trip and free transportation (on account of the established carry-on baggage) disassembled. Each option has its advantages and pitfalls.
Bicycle transportation in the vestibule
It seems everyone is a good option, nothing needs to be disassembled, the platform is wide – well, what problems could there be? However, there are problems. The platform is wide only with an empty car, without people – summer residents with buckets and grandmothers with bulky bags on wheels. Landing in an electric train is often accompanied by human flows, comparable to the stormy mountain river, demolishing everything in its path. In an effort to occupy a free shop, a mass of people can simply trample a lonely (see the rules) cyclist: walk along it or carry it to the platform.
If the line is popular, then when the train is moving, the vestibules are full of people moving from car to car or leaving to smoke. A big problem becomes a backpack or veloshtany. Putting the bicycle in such a way that it would independently maintain its balance with the load in the vestibule is practically unrealistic, and the removed bicycle backpack obstructs the passage even more.
The solution to the problems of transport bicycle by train may consist in the choice of a car. The first and last car in the train is impassable: there is practically no crush. You can also avoid unnecessary hustle when loading passengers at the station, removing the bike from the most likely when loading the door. Often in the train opens only the door that goes to the platform. And if, when approaching the next station, the railway tracks are only on one side of the car, then, most likely, the door to this side will remain closed. However, in any case, leaning and leaning things against the doors is impossible. Best resource long distance cycling is available-
Carriage by train
If it is large, it is disassembled and carefully packed, and then RZD rules allow the car to be carried as hand baggage for free. Great solution, only one small “but.” In the same rules, the cargo transportation states: hand baggage must not exceed 36 kilograms. Of course, the bike weighs much less. However, for evidence of this, a weighing certificate is needed, which is … a paid service, the cost of which is often equal to the baggage check.
In order to avoid unnecessary hassle, it is better not to quarrel with the guide, but to try to peacefully settle the issue of transport transportation. To minimize the problems, here are some tips on how to put a bike on a train:
- Bike wheels must be tightly closed. A cover is not always necessary for this; there will be enough food film or a sufficiently long piece of fabric. The rules do not allow carrying dirty things, so there will be close attention to bicycle tires;
- Completely disassemble the bike is not necessary. It is enough to remove the front wheel and turn the steering wheel 90 degrees. It is advisable to unscrew the pedals. But to avoid problems with the probable souring of the thread, all nuts and hexagons should be checked in advance for ease of unscrewing. Also in the repair kit, tools suitable for this operation are needed;
- It is very desirable to have on hand luggage elastic. They are rubber cords with a fabric braid and powerful metal hooks at the ends. When installing the bike near the free wall in the car, these rubber bands can be fastened to the handles or to each other. Also, do not interfere with gum as a parking brake.
There is often free space in the head and tail of the wagon train, provided in advance or with benches removed. This place is the biker’s goal in the car. Installed there, shrouded, bicycles will not be knocked down by passengers and their belongings and will cause the least irritation to guides and checkers.
Bike transportation between the rows of seats, in the aisle, is the least suitable option and can only be used in the case of practically empty cars. Transportation of bicycles in the train can be carried out on the luggage shelves, but at the same time, insurance with luggage rubber bands should be carried out very carefully.
In the picture below, another interesting method of transportation is great on the train (we catch it on the upper shelf for luggage with a saddle). In order for the bike not to fall, you need to conveniently fasten several bicycles together with a rope or cable.
A separate topic when transport bicycle by train is luggage handling. With a long journey, the weight of the bike jacket is usually impressive, and the disassembled and shrouded bike is quite large. Carry a backpack and bike have to take turns, which creates a certain risk. In order to avoid the loss of equipment, any portable load must remain in sight, when traveling as a group, it is better to organize unloading and loading in a chain. And of course, it is necessary to prepare for unloading before the arrival of the electric train to the destination station. To dress the equipment that is in the hands, to fasten the backpack if it was open during the journey and to move as far as possible all equipment closer to the exit.
Carriage in a long-distance train
Transportation of a bicycle on a train is noticeably different from a trip in an electric train, sticking to an iron horse during standing for hours in the vestibule are unrealistic. There is no empty seat, not occupied by shops, in long-distance trains either. Transportation is only possible disassembled bikes, but what about them in the compartment.
In a long-distance train, in contrast to the trains, the luggage racks have very impressive dimensions. From experience it is verified that the correctly shrouded, with the pedals removed, the bikes are placed on one shelf in the amount of 4 pieces. Which is enough to avoid trouble with other passengers of the train about the occupied places?
Velorukzaki quietly fit under the lower shelves, beds, sometimes all together – in one compartment. Of course, it is very desirable to occupy one coupe entirely, but even if it is impossible – the risk of problems is minimal. It is important that when putting bicycles on the shelf to secure luggage rubber bands, when braking the train abruptly, the absence of a safety mount can play a cruel joke.