Bike on a train

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Bike on a train

Postby benam80 » Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:17 am

This has come up before but guess I will ask specifically for my scenario :)

I live in pakenham and take the train to oakleigh then ride into the city.

I will aim to leave the city and get to oakleigh by about 4ish in the afternoon.
Is this early enough to not be the heart of peak hour and am I far enough out to not get lynched?

In the morning I aim to be at oahkleigh before 6:30 - 7 so not too busy then.
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Re: Bike on a train

Postby Mulger bill » Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:45 pm

Unless things have changed since I deserted Connex/Metro for V/Line then go rear door of rear carriage and you should be OK. Do your best to not block doorways.
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Bike on a train

Postby benm80 » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:57 pm

Got on this afternoon at oakleigh at 430 ish wasn't too bad people seemed to not hate me too much hehehe will try to get a little closer to 4 normally but have to say enjoying the ride.

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Re: Bike on a train

Postby michael_w » Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:27 pm

I regularly catch the train from Upwey to Box Hill, getting to Box Hill at about 7am. The train is not too full and I always use the rear carriage rear door. Often there is one other cyclist already onboard and another that gets on Heathmont. Never had any troubles so far.

In the afternoons I go to either Box Hill, Laburnum, Ringwood or Bayswater (depending on time, daylight and how I feel). Regardless of where I get on, I never have a problem in the rear carriage and more often than not bump into other cycling commuters. I usually get the homeward bound train around about 5pm and it's never chock-a-block in the rear carriage. Much later than that and I don't think I'd have too much of a problem either, because by the time I get on the train it has already delivered many passengers to their destination. The bonus of riding that bit further out!

On one occasion (so far) I did ride all the way home to Upwey from Abbotsford. That last stretch from Upper Ferntree Gully to Upwey was almost the end of me :oops: I'll try it again when the days get a bit longer 8)

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Re: Bike on a train

Postby diggler » Sun Jun 17, 2012 3:28 pm

I used to take the bike on the train in the morning until I discovered the shower in the office.

I never feel guilty about taking a bike on a train. I have bought a ticket for the bloody thing (a bicycle is a chile fare in peak hour), which is more than I can say for all the babies in strollers. If people don't like it, they can go *&^% themselves.
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