There are three possible solutions for storing your bike on the train: hanging, horizontally or in a bag.
But we travellers have one more problem: bags.
If the weight is not excessive and the journey does not exceed 5 hours, we can keep the saddle bag and the frame bag attached to the bike, but we recommend removing the one on the handlebar and on the fork because stimulating these parts too much is not the best position vertical.
On some trains, they will explicitly ask to remove the bags, all of them. When should it be done? The conductor decides. We advise you to arrive early on the platform, locate a staff member and ask. Cyclists with bags always receive sympathy, so they may favour you if you approach them with a smile and kindness.
If, on the other hand, you are delayed, we recommend that you quickly remove everything and arrange the bags as if they were suitcases in the spaces of the train.
If you are using the bag mode, unfortunately, there is little you can do: you will need another bag to carry the bags. The punk solution is to use a large black garbage bag, and the more chic answer is to join the bags with straps and create a single bag to hang from one shoulder. However, there will be discomfort.
Depending on the bag you have, you may be able to fit the frame bag and the handlebar bag inside, but it depends on how it is made.
Regarding security, we advise you never to trust that your bike will be safe when out of sight. We use an Abus Bordo Lite (link aff) to tie the bicycle to any fixed support. In general, we choose a seat that allows us to have a direct line of sight with our bike at all times.
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