Amtrak goes lots of places, but probably not all the way from your home to your work. So how do you make up the difference? Walk? Uber/Lyft? Biking?
Biking can cover more distance than walking, and is healthier and less expensive than daily car-share rides, but you’ve still got the fundamental problem of what to do with your bike when you’re not riding it. Will it fit on the train? Is there a convenient place to store it at work? Is it safe overnight at home?
The ideal bike would be a combination of full-size bike and folding bike–sporty and comfortable when you need to ride it, yet small and convenient when you’re done riding. Something like this…
The CHANGE full-size folding bike changes everything.
Unlike other folding bikes, a CHANGE bike is optimized for the riding experience, with a lightweight aluminum frame in any of four sizes to fit you. It’s available in commuter or mountain bike models, with Shimano gearing of 24 or more speeds to handle any hill.
Unlike a ″standard″ bike, a CHANGE bike folds down to a svelte 35″ x 30″ x 14″ in under a minute, combining standard full-size quick-release wheels with an internationally patented frame lock and “pop-off” pedals.
Bikes on Amtrak.
Amtrak already offers several of ways to travel with a bike:
- Boxed bikes in checked baggage: Partially disassemble your bike and put it in a box ($10, plus $15 for the box if you need one)
- Train-side checked baggage service: Put it fully assembled in a bike rack in the baggage car, space available ($5-20. Limited spots. Reservations required)
- Carry-on bicycle service: Bring your bike fully assembled in the rack on your own train car ($5-10. Limited spots. First-come, first served).
- Folding bikes as carry-on baggage: Bring your folded bike onto your train and store it in the luggage area at the end of the train (Selected passenger cars. Free).
(See more info at Amtrak’s cycling information page).
If you’re willing to make reservations or wait for a non-full train car, your bike can travel with you for the cost of a couple of lattes. Even that can add up every day. How do you reduce it to zero without having to ride a bike with tiny wheels and strange uphill/downhill handling? A full-size, folding CHANGE bike.
At home, in your home or at work.
A CHANGE bike doesn’t have live outside, because it folds in half easily to fit in your office or apartment.
It’s the answer to the apartment owner’s dilemma. Suddenly, these uses are now practical:
Bike in the hallway
Storing a bike in the hallway is crazy! Or it used to be. Now it’s crazy smart, because you just grab it on your way out the door.
Bike in the living room
If you live in a studio apartment, this is already a multi-purpose room. You just added another useful purpose.
Bike in the closet
Actually, that’s four bikes. Four riders’ full-size bikes in one hotel closet. How much room do you need?
Bike in the office
And the elevator wasn’t a problem either. How cool is that?
So how exactly does this bike bend in half?
Here it is, step-by-step, in a leisurely 37 seconds.
Time for a CHANGE?
CHANGE bikes are available in hybrid commuter bike, hardtail mountain bike, and rugged hybrid—all with FREE shipping, 30-day money-back guarantee, and lifetime frame warranty from Flatbike, the US reseller for CHANGE bikes.
Which CHANGE bike is right for you?
Still not convinced? See how CHANGE bikes are the only folding bikes in the world that are certified rugged.