Bike Bag (rinkō-bukuro, 輪行袋) Top Tips

Half-Fast Mike

Half-Fast Mike

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Posted this on Facebook earlier, and it's been received well. So what do you guys think? Not everyone likes travelling with their bike on the train, Japan-style. What are the merits and demerits? What bag(s) do you use? Ever had problems?

Let's rinkōjutsu...

Half-Fast Mike's Top Tips if you're new to using or considering getting a bike bag for taking your bike on the train

1. The MontBell Quick Carry bag is the best cost-performance one I've found. Currently ¥5,050 in-store. [Links to online store and B&M store list.]

2. You loosen your QR to remove the front wheel. Make sure to tighten the QR up again before stowing the wheel in the bag. Lost nuts = bad day. (If you're have a thruxle, no problemo.)

3. Practice getting your bike in and out of the bag two or three times at home. Don't leave it until you need to catch a train! It's easy, but each bike is a little different and there's a knack to strapping everything together so it doesn't rattle about.

4. The rolled-up bag can be stored in a jersey pocket, bottle cage, seat pack, or strapped to handlebars. (Or left in the locker at the train station if you're coming back the same way and really really can't manage the extra weight.)

5. Next time you're at a bike shop - probably not a MontBell store, though - ask for a plastic fork spacer. They just throw them away. It's a light and useful accessory to guard your fork against accidental scratching or squishing.

6. Positioning on the train. Most trains have a bulkhead wall at the very front or back. Ideal to lean bike against. Many trains have a wheelchair space in the end or second-to-end car - also ideal. Sometimes we don't have this luxury.

7. We're *technically* supposed to cover the entire bike, including the saddle. The MontBell bag doesn't do this, and it's a stupid rule, so just gaijin-smash your way through it if you get any hassle. Sometimes Odakyu can get uppity. And JR Shikoku are really quite annoying. Plastic bag from the store over the saddle makes them quiet down.

 
Kangaeroo

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Wonderful post!
I use a Tioga Cocoon bought second-hand from @jdd
I've used it a couple of times on the train and in taxis, never having to worry about the seat.
On the plane, I needed to remove the seat and both wheels to fit it in and cover the entire bike as the airline required.
The bag is also equipped with a shoulder strap, which makes it easy for carrying.
 
Half-Fast Mike

Half-Fast Mike

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what happened to that Boso Bicycle Friendly Train.....!
Still running. Still gouging people.

https://www.jreast.co.jp/chiba/bbbase/

Actually for some of their destinations, compared to regular trains, it's quite handy - saves changing two or three times between local lines. But the 50% markup on the regular fare puts me off. I'd have to get to and from Ryogoku anyway.
 
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The things you find at Recycle Shops....
Got this used Tioga Rinko for 1100 yen (Pictured on left, details here: https://global.rakuten.com/en/store/theusasurf/item/tioga001/) , without straps. On right is the rinko I currently use (probably won't use from now on). It's heavy and I hate it.

Thanks for the tips @Half-Fast Mike . I shall not shy away from rinko-ing from now on....
 

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