A MAN is attempting to get a large, high-tech bicycle on a small, crowded train.
Graphic designer Martin Bishop regularly takes his monstrous bike on cramped regional rail services, despite it being designed for riding through mountains and forests.
Bishop said: “Normally there’s plenty of room for my bike, by which I mean I can bump into people with it and block the doors. But today it’s really packed. I managed to briefly force the front wheel inside a carriage but I had to give up because people complained the handlebars were crushing their abdomens.
“The guard told me to wait on the platform while he checked if there was any free space, but I think that might be a ruse so the train can sneak off without me.”
Bishop said his £1,500 ‘Zircon Ruggedeer’ bike had a near-indestructible alloy frame and 96 gears for getting up mountains, although he mostly used it for going to work.
He added: “I suppose I could ride home, but it’s almost five miles. I’ll just have to ram the bike in backwards between those two blokes. Sorry guys.”
Commuter Donna Sheridan said: “Everyone knows that if you want to take a bike on a train it has to be one of those fold-up ones designed to take away your last shred of dignity.”