On the vast majority of local trains, you can take a only bagged bike on the train.
There are a small minority of trains at inconvenient times that will allow you to take an unbagged bike on the train with you. You are supposed to apply in advance (an hour I think) but in practice you can usually persuade them to apply “in advance” on the spot. They just call to check if the train is too crowded. If it is not crowded, they will let you on the train with your bike but ONLY IF IT IS ONE OF THE SMALL NUMBER OF DESIGNATED TRAINS. I’m not sure if the designated trains are listed in English.
For these reasons, it is much more convenient to ship your bicycle by freight as explained here many times. It’s a great, inexpensive service and I have never heard of anyone having their bike stolen. I see expensive road bikes all the time in the luggage room having been shipped to Wanhua in Taipei. I have used this service for more than 20 years now and NEVER had a problem.
FYI, I recently took my bike to Yilan via the Kamela Bus leaving from Technology Building in Taipei. They actually provide big black plastic bags for you to use!
Last weekend I took my bike on the HSR to Hsinchu bagged in three big black plastic bags purchased at 7. No one batted an eyelash.
[quote=“ranlee”]I’m trying to revive the bike sub-form because it just seems so gloomy as of late!
I’ll share my own, short-lived experience with bike on train.
After doing much research with Mobile01, Facebook groups and reading through the Op’s posted blog, without a bike bag of any sort in hand, I decided to jump on the local train from Hsinchu to Song Shan station. I went to the counter to purchase my full ticket for me and half ticket for my bike and was stopped by the girl at the counter saying that, if it wasn’t bagged, it’s allowed on the local train. She then told me there’s a local train I can board that’s arriving in 4 hours. However, I have to register to get on. More bad news, she couldn’t guarantee it because it’s limited space.
At this point, I just felt let down. I couldn’t blame the girl behind the counter, she was just following protocol. A lot of people were saying that taking a full sized bike on the train, unfolded and unbagged is do-able. I’ve seen pictures of people bringing bike unbagged on local trains. I guess I was just unlucky?
I went back to my friend’s apartment afterwards and we discussed it’s probably because I was getting on and off at two major stations and it may also depend on the person behind the counter was having a good or bad day.[/quote]