Take Your Bike on European Trains How to do it? ~ European bicycle tour can be extended or shortened by catching a train with your bike.
The first step is whether the railway company to transport bicycles on the line and the specific service you are interested and, if applicable, if the load is made and reservations are required. Generally, if the train stops at every haystack then it will take bikes, and speeds among the cities that emanate from stainless steel efficiency, it will not. There may be a symbol of the motorcycle printed on the calendar, but if not, you should ask at the box office, pointing to his bike, if their language skills are not up to par. Sometimes the bikes are transported free of charge (booking in advance if it can still be needed), sometimes a ticket must be purchased for each trip and, in some countries, you buy a daily or weekly bike ticket that will cover all trips this period.
The next step is knowing which platform the train leaves from. If you need a lift, you probably find that is barely big enough for a bicycle and a person. It may be necessary to keep the bike balanced on the rear wheel, and good manners require that you leave your companions supersede your bike unless the weather is really urgent. If you have panniers on the bike, you may well need to remove so that it fits in the elevator, and that presents a problem if you are on your own. You somehow have to bicycle wheel in his rear wheel with one hand while carrying their baskets with each other without trampling or crush any crazy fool who chooses to share the elevator with you.
If there is no rolling slot, so you'll have to wheel the bike up and down the stairs or carry. Anyway, it will be easier if you remove the first basket, but you'll need to keep an eye on them if you do not want to make them disappear or worse, start a security alert.
When the train is due at any time so you can be reasonably sure that there will be a platform of change, disconnect your bike panniers and remount them, unclipped, on the shelf. So you can easily move throughout the platform, but quickly remove the baskets when you need to get on board.
Life is much easier if you catch a train from the station you are, since you should have plenty of time to get on board. So when the train passes, you can watch the bicycle symbol, van guardian or other indication of where you should be. When you spot one of the likely demand of the train passing, move quickly after - do it in the back of the platform, or you bowl over other passengers traveling to the edge of the platform. The aim should be to achieve the right spot before the train is stopped, because in most places in the guard station or manager will not wait for a passenger to get its act together, especially a passenger with a strange element, 2 wheels luggage. If, when the train has all passed where you are you are not the wiser to what part of it is suitable quartering for your bike, you have to run to the guard (pushing your bike), which probably has his head stuck on a window and pretended not to have noticed you. He or she should refer to the van guard or other part of the train that will operate as a motor-van for your trip.
If you are lucky, access to the train or be the height of the platform or slightly above so you can wheel the bike, but it is very common to find a narrow steep set of steps leading a wagon about four feet above you. All security elements such as doors or hanging rods should be established and, if necessary, a given wave to keep the sense or the platform of the team. The bike against the car wall or row of seats came with straps to hold them in place.
Tilting the bikes in a space at the end of transport. To do this, it helps if the headset bearing is kept a little loose so you can turn the handlebars sideways, and stack two bicycles "nose to tail" means they take up less space.
You can find a rubber band is useful to hold rattling bikes in place. When you are almost at your destination, join their bikes - you may need additional time to locate the guard if they are in a locked van - and to release or remove the straps and elastic. The strongest person has to go to the first platform and take the bike, turn the other person, who just wheel them out the door. As each bike is passed, it should be placed on the platform a little far from the station so that is not as other passengers. Give yourself the best possible chance, choosing as their starting point home station to station. Check street plans to see if there is a rear access road to a station instead of having to use a gateway. Study time and watch the passing traffic in the station to identify which are the most adequate trains for bikes. Before the arrival of the train approaching all staff on the platform to ask where you should stay.