Especially for those trains you can't "park" the bike on the rails in the standing section of the train it is a real pain.
I don't think Connex consulted cyclists at all when they chose the new suburban train models.
Anyway I decided to email with a simple suggestion to announce which side the platform is on (like the do on the trains in Brisbane), so that I could tell which side of the train to keep my bike so as not to cause inconvenience to passengers.
They didn't even address idea and instead just went on to tell me they basically don't like don't like bikes on trains. Here is an extract:
You advised that you considered the new trains not as suitable for cyclists as they did not allow cyclists to “park the bike on the rail” as in older trains. Connex allows passengers to carry surfboards and bicycles on trains free of charge.
Connex is aware that on Comeng and Hitachi trains, passengers travelling with bicycles would lift the bicycle and place one wheel in the inside door handrail to hold their bike during transit and that due to the different interiors of the newer Siemens and X-Trapolis trains, they are not able to place their bicycles in such a manner.
Whilst we understand that passengers using hand rails for this purpose may be endeavouring to place their bicycle in a stationary position, we would consider it a significant safety risk for passengers to be sitting in a carriage with a bicycle perched along a handrail, should it come loose and fall during transit.
Since when has a fixed bike ever flown off and hit someone ? Stupid Connex people should try actually travelling on a train with a bike. In my experience they are more likely to do so if I am standing with my bike, because it is difficult to hold on and keep the bike stationary at the same time.
All I can say is Cheap Nasty New Trains. It is bad enough getting nasty looks from non cycling passengers let alone have to put up with these attitudes from Connex.
What do people think about their experiences with bikes on trains ?