I am taking the train from Louisiana to Arizona…and back. I cannot check baggage at the station I am boarding. It is an unstaffed station.
The luggage I hoped to stuff a 24" uni into (in pieces) takes up a whole lot more room than even a 26" would without taking it apart. I don’t want to have to take the whole thing apart and put it back together…twice (there and back).
Does anyone have experience traveling on Amtrack with a unicycle?
Wouldn’t it make more sense to carry the uni on (in one piece) without carrying it in pieces in an oversize piece of luggage? But I don’t think it is allowed.
I can buy a new uni and have it shipped to Arizona cheaper than the price of this huge piece of luggage.
Anyone know anything about traveling Amtrack with a unicycle?
if you just take the pedals off and pull the seatpost out it will get quite small. I would think you could fit it into a carry-on bag. I’ve never ridden amtrak but for some reason it seems the trains wouldn’t be that full so there would be a fair amount of flexibility as to your luggage size. Not quite like getting onto a sold out airplane.
You’ll have the check the train that runs that route, but the route between KC and St Louis have a few bicycle spots available on each train. I recently paid $10 extra for my unicycle for one of these spots. You’ve got to reserve these in advance.
You can probably save a little space by removing the tire. I’ve been amazed at how small a unicycle will go if you completely disassemble everything but the wheel. Of course doing that with a 36er isn’t going to help much, but with a 24, especially if it has a duro it would.
The guys that are already onboard the train check luggage size, I guess.
Not sure about the return leg, but that one won’t matter if I can’t make it work starting out.
Thanks paxuni, anton005, Shmolagin, and Lloyd !
I may decide to just buy a new one to be shipped to Arizona, and leave it in my brother’s attic. That way, the problem will be solved every time I decide to head that way, which I’m assuming will be might be once a year.
I knew you all would have some great solutions, and you DID.
Wish I lived near a better train station!!!
I know a guy who has taken a 29" on international flights (checked luggage) without paying extra, so it’s hard for me to believe you’d have trouble taking a 24" on a train, especially if it’s Amtrak. Those trains are extremely slow and expensive, so you should have plenty of space. Removing your seat and pedals might still be a good idea, though, and can be done in 2 minutes or less.