Bikes on Eurostar?

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  • Anyone got any experience of this

    seems there are two options

    a:) take your bike apart and put it in a bag to take on as hand bagage - Hassle

    b:) Reserve a place for your bike in the lugage train - £20 eachway! not joking!

    both options look about as much fun as a poke in the eye

  • put it in a big laundry bag, wheels off, job done, no hassle at all. Paying to take bikes it's pointless. We had 3 bikes on one luggage rack, no probs.

  • Big giant washing bags, £3 at the pound(?)store on chapel market, or another cheap retailer near you.

  • 12 of us went to Lille in January, each with a bike in a small bike bag. One guy used an old duvet cover. No problems at all. You've only go to take the wheels out, where is the hassle in that?

  • they say you have to take off the handlebars? are they serious - why?

  • Yeah, it's not a huge deal. I only take the front wheel and the pedals off.

  • seems there are two options
    a:) take your bike apart and put it in a bag to take on as hand bagage - Hassle
    b:) Reserve a place for your bike in the lugage train - £20 eachway! not joking!
    both options look about as much fun as a poke in the eye

    You forgot:
    c:) htfu and deal

    You either pay for the convenience or do a trifling bit of work with a wrench.

  • It's not a hassle. Just bag the bike and carry it on. No-one ever checks to see if you've dismantled it correctly. They just x-ray it.

  • Get a condor bag for 40 quid. The are the smallest bike bags and perfect for trips where you'll be watching your bike.

  • i use a soft bike bag. option b is pointless.

    tips:
    put the bike in the bag and everything else in backpack, keep it light.
    ask which carriage has the oversize luggae compartment, save you fighting for rack space if train is busy

  • Just turn up an hour early, go round the back, pay £20 and they put it in the 'bike carriage' all ready to go when you get off at the other end, no fuckin about with rebuilding

  • Just don't go, stay in London. Too much blooming hassle all this messing around removing a wheel and pedals.

    When I get a puncture I buy a new bike. I hate getting brake residue and chain oil on my delicate hands.

  • Just turn up an hour early, go round the back, pay £20 and they put it in the 'bike carriage' all ready to go when you get off at the other end, no fuckin about with rebuilding

    That's £20 that could be spent at an off-license in Lille though. And another £20 that could be spent, again in an off-license in Lille, on the way back. Priorities.

    Actually, it's the cost of that bike bag from Condor. Investment over convenience would be my decision there.

  • Definitely bike bag is the way to go, no hassle

  • clintsmoker and i coughed up the twenty quid. we know how to take bikes apart and put them together but paid for the convenience.

    it's not really a big decision is it.

  • St Pancras 16:45 Tuesday the 9th of June:

  • ma3k - i am loving your current work dude

  • Every weekend hundereds of nodders cycle from London to Paris on shopping bikes for charity. If they can do it, so can you. HTFU and pedal there and save a few quid.

  • damn, I was actually hyped to be able to pay £20 on the eurostar to take a bike back from my trip to Paris. I guess it's easier if you are only doing it one way...

  • Right.. that's at least 3 attempts to book on tgv-europe that failed with a technical error and another 3 on the eurostar website.

    Tomorrow some poor phone answering muppet is gonna get a tired angry me complaining at them about shit they can do nothing about and don't care about anyway.

    Eurostar you are fail!

  • hippy, might be worth cruising by the rail europe office near lower regent street. quick and easy. the interwebz is a faff some times - go old school, face to face.

  • I went almost as old school.. I used a phone.

    The woman was very helpful. I think the dealio was that the day I wanted was booked solid and rather than telling me this, the various websites just bombed out with some dumb error. Duh! Check availability BEFORE taking my card details you 'tards!

    Anyway, I've sorted the train and accom. in Toulouse for the two nights I'm there. Need to do a bit of bike work and some packing and grab a bag off rjs but should be okay to go from there..

  • taking a bike on eurostar was no problem at all, all you need to do is take both wheels out and put it all in a sleepingbag or something, i made some bags from some sail fabric, worked very well

  • @ fruit, do you have pics of the sail / wheel bags? I'd like to see.

  • i paid 25 pounds; i took my bike as it is, no bags, nothing. it arrived on a different train because of reservations but just like it was.

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