Bikes on trains in the UK

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  • The conditions of carriage make no attempt to define "non-folded cycle" so in theory any bike is fine. However, they do forbid anything "more than 2m long" which would exclude a typical tandem.

    Staff can also refuse service to anyone, so as always it depends on your ability to blag it or not attract attention.

  • Interesting, 2 metres is a decent length also.

  • Borrow a tall bike?

  • I like the thinking. :)

  • The GWR bike cupboard location is shown on your bike reservation ticket.

    (The cupboards are are awful, but, giving you an individual reservation for an individual bike space isn't a bad idea.)

  • Been using South Western lately.. I'm pleased to see they have removed the wheel bender bike racks that only held 3 bikes very awkwardly and now have an open space.

  • I used Southern and SWT on Friday with my mate, two bikes and three trains in total. No booking just turned up on spec and no issues at all.

  • I booked ahead for this Saturday withGWR, I was given a booking ref but no bike space ref (e.g. H00) they said they aren’t doing that at the moment

    Not sure I believe them or not. I expect to get some moodiness on the journey

  • There’s a bike sign on the outside of the carriage

  • Oh thats a relitavly new addition then, first few times I used them it had nothing.

    @inappropriate_bike top tip

  • Looking to book a train out to Bristol for two weeks time with bikes. Did this all work out ok for you in the end?

  • Recently travelled on a grand central train. Remarkably only 3 bike spaces. Two are available to book the third is walk on.

  • Does anyone know about bikes on trains to / from Poole?

    I'm going to Jersey, via the Poole ferry in early November.

    Do I need to book a place?

  • Does anyone know about bikes on trains to / from Poole?

    South Western trains are first come first served with 3 spaces in each bike area (2-3 depending on length) but have seen people getting 6-7 on. If you are getting on at Waterloo, it's first dibs. Have made 3 trips this summer without issue.

  • It's a glorified commuter train with racks for two bikes every few carriage (that will routinely take three or four if carefully arranged), first come first served.

    edit - maybe it's three as a standard, it's been a while since I've been on this one.

  • edit - maybe it's three as a standard, it's been a while since I've been on this one

    They appear to have removed the wheel bender stands that could only hold 3 perfectly shaped bikes. It's just an open space now.

  • Yeah all good

  • Great info, thanks guys.

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Bikes on trains in the UK

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