I've been thinking of buying a bike here, but since I take frequent trips on FlixBus for short vacations I went to review their policy on bikes. Unfortunately they for some reason forbid electric and folding bikes, even if you book a bike carrier. What is the reason for this policy? How strict are they about this - does anyone have experience? What if I got a bike with a removable battery and removed it and packed it separately in my luggage, would it be better then?
The website seems pretty clear to me. You have two options:
- Bike Carrier: This option is only available for regular non-foldable bicycles.
- Baggage Compartment: This option is available for regular and foldable bicycles. But you need a bicycle bag, and you might have to partially disassemble your regular bike to fit the size requirements.
Electric bikes, tandems, and tricycles are simply not allowed. If, as I suspect, they are worried about your e-battery bursting into flames, they won't let you take the battery as carry-on luggage either.