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microcord

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I have experience of a small number of shinkansen, but they varied quite a lot. I eventually managed to jam my giant bike somewhere or other, but with difficulty, and no doubt annoying other people. Same story for the other "limited" expresses.
 

Half-Fast Mike

Lanterne Rouge-et-vert
May 22, 2007
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The day when you forget or lose your bike bag, a few hundred yen at the convenience store for a pack of 75- or 90-liter garbage bags and some packing tape will get you home. Ghetto-rinkō style.

N.B. Save the planet: the garbage bags can be recycled into... garbage bags.

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adventurous cyclist

turtle speed cyclist
May 16, 2019
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The day when you forget or lose your bike bag, a few hundred yen at the convenience store for a pack of 75- or 90-liter garbage bags and some packing tape will get you home. Ghetto-rinkō style.

N.B. Save the planet: the garbage bags can be recycled into... garbage bags.

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the ghetto bag, hmm now that sounds so cool
 

nippolini

Cruising
Apr 12, 2021
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This thread is great! I'm about to pull the trigger on a rinko bag on Amazon.

In the train stations, do you carry your rinko'd bikes on the escalators or look for an elevator?
 

adventurous cyclist

turtle speed cyclist
May 16, 2019
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This thread is great! I'm about to pull the trigger on a rinko bag on Amazon.

In the train stations, do you carry your rinko'd bikes on the escalators or look for an elevator?
usually at major train stations they will have an elevator. The size will fit your bike and a wheel carrier.
Recently the bags have gotten very light weight, but l bought a heavy duty Ostrich bag which l also use as a pillow. Not so cheap, came with a separate front wheel carrier, nice . Also room to put light weight stuff in.
hope this helps.
oh, one thing if u order from amazon, if u seach first, then wait awhile, next time u search, seems like the price drops about four hundred yen. weird, but it may happen.
 

Half-Fast Mike

Lanterne Rouge-et-vert
May 22, 2007
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In the train stations, do you carry your rinko'd bikes on the escalators or look for an elevator?
Bit of both - it depends on the station layout, how busy it is, and where I want to get on the train. For example, at Mizonokuchi station south exit, one of my frequent haunts, there's an escalator from street level to the gate level. I wheel my bike up there, and bag it next to the gate. Just next to the gate are an escalator and elevator to platform level. Elevator comes out near car 3, and escalator near car 4. I want to get car 1 which has best options for stowing the bike. So if there's no one waiting for it, I'll take the elevator.
 

Ruda

Maximum Pace
Nov 22, 2019
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what about traveling by bus?
Recently i got back from Nagano to Kawagoe and the driver did accepted the bike without problems (bike was inside the bag and i did consult with the company beforehand). I wonder if it would be the same for any other company, since traveling by bus is much cheaper than taking the shinkansen
 

Half-Fast Mike

Lanterne Rouge-et-vert
May 22, 2007
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what about traveling by bus?
I've only done this twice. Once I had no choice because I'd crashed (in a freak blizzard) and smashed up the derailleur. Second time was more planned. It seems it's up to the driver and how many 'normal' passengers there are with luggage that needs to go in the hold. Bikes can really slide around and potentially get damaged down there in the luggage compartment.
 
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