No room on the train - risk it or get up even earlier ?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by rugby bloke, 1 Jul 2019.

  1. rugby bloke

    rugby bloke Veteran

    A bit of a dilemma for tomorrow's commute. Being a good boy I always book a place for my bike on the train, as requested by East Midlands Trains. From experience I am in the minority so often there are usually more than the regulation 2 bikes in bike storage area.

    Having tried to book for tomorrow morning I have been told there is no space on my usual train, which is unheard of but I guess could be correct, There is space on the train that leaves 15 mins earlier. So my dilemma - do I take a chance and try and squeeze my bike on the usual train or get up even earlier - probably around 5.15am and get the earlier train ?
  2. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Get the earlier one. Otherwise presumably if you find no space, you’d need to lock bike at station, thereby missing the usual one

    All assuming you don’t have a Brompton
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  3. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy The Monch

    Inside my skull
    Take the day off, call in sick, and go for a nice ride. It's fate isn't it?
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  4. ABikeCam

    ABikeCam Get dahn, Ernie, he's going for his piece!

    I'd get up earlier and go for the train you know has free space for your bike. Getting up at 5:15 isn't so bad this time of the year - but ask me the same question in February and I might be siding with YukonBoy....
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  5. OP
    rugby bloke

    rugby bloke Veteran

    Thanks for confirming that I should go for the sensible option. As the bike is not a folder I do need the proper cycle space so I will need to drag my sorry self out of bed earlier, or skip breakfast and treat myself at work. Its only a 11 mile ride to the station so I don't really need to fuel up before setting off.
  6. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    It is only an extra 15 min, you know what you have to do.
  7. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Have a full English when you get to London
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  8. Dogtrousers

    Dogtrousers Kilometre nibbler

    Or take the day off and go and impulse buy a Brompton*

    * Other folders are available but Brompton owners will sneer at you if you so much as consider it.
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  9. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    But not if you buy a Birdy, you will only get looks of envy.

  10. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    That would be my choice every time
  11. OP
    rugby bloke

    rugby bloke Veteran

    Much as I am impressed by the engineering design of a Brompton and I can see the appeal of the convenience that a folding bike offers ... I cannot get over the feeling that you look like a clown who has lost his circus when you are riding one .... Going to go an hide now.
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  12. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    I have the winning solution!

    Travel in the night before at about 7pm. Get some beers, then a curry followed by a few more beers, before adjourning to a nearby hotel. In the morning you can gorge on a full English, fit for a king, before striding into work like a God!
  13. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    Do they not serve breakfast at your seat on the train any more?
  14. bladderhead

    bladderhead Well-Known Member


    Get a Brompton
    Gasman and biggs682 like this.
  15. Drago

    Drago Flouncing Nobber

    Where dost thou work, and from what railway garage does one depart?
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