pete75 wrote:1:27 onwards here suggest hanging by the wheel is the best way to carry a bike on a train.
No rubber coating on the hooks these days - bare metal. Standards seem to be lower now! And look at all the space for bikes compared to the bloomin' shower cubicles we're forced to use on the new rolling stock.
By design the hooks have a plastic covering, at least on all the trains I've travelled on in recent years. However it often seems to get damaged in use leaving bare metal where the rim hangs from it.
If you are bothered about the finish of the rims it is best to carry something to go between the rim & the hook. If I remember I tend to use a cloth of some sort (usually a J Cloth type) on the grounds that it likely to come in useful for other purposes on the bike.