• 06-03-2012
    mtbxplorer
    Stranded? Call for Roadside Assistance
  • 06-03-2012
    rodar y rodar
    Cool!
    If that service is available outside the province, it could be a real boon for tourists. Be nice if it AMA forces it to become more standard. I wonder what the chances are?
  • 06-03-2012
    BrianMc
    AAA beat them to it:

    AAA begins offering roadside assistance - for bicycles | OregonLive.com

    I believe I learned of this in 2009, when it was offered, being a member.

    Nice to know If you run over a stainless water bottle and fling it into a rear wheel. :)

    BrianMc
  • 06-04-2012
    ranier
    When I first read this thread, I thought AMA was American Motorcycle Association. Reading the article, it's in fact Alberta Motor Association so this service is regional in Canuckistan. The AAA service is only available in Oregon and parts of Idaho.

    IMO, cyclists should be self sufficient if you're riding for any distance.
  • 06-04-2012
    bedwards1000
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ranier View Post
    IMO, cyclists should be self sufficient if you're riding for any distance.

    :confused:
    For flats and minor repairs, yes, but some things just can't be fixed with zip-ties. I rarely ride with an extra wheel, derailleur or even freewheel. All things that I have had fail mid ride at one point or another. I was still self sufficient but I can see how this service would be great especially if you were away from your local area.
  • 06-04-2012
    jeffscott
    As far as I knew....you just call the AMA and they come....desn't matter bike or not...been that way ever since I can remember....

    Course maybe now they advertise it.
  • 06-04-2012
    mtbxplorer
    These guys provide nationwide roadside assistance for bicycles (you can add a car too), but it only covers a 30 mile "tow"/yr. Better World Club - Roadside Assistance, Insurance and Travel
  • 06-04-2012
    BrianMc
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    As far as I knew....you just call the AMA and they come..

    AAA sends a truck and they just ask the membership number. I can't imagine the contractor leaving a cyclist in the lurch, once they are on site. Not your fault no one asked if it was a car. With few options, why not give it a go? I have been a card holder for years and used them once in the last decade. I don't think a bike call would be excessive under those conditions. It is called Roadside Assistance not Car Roadside Assistance.

    BrianMc
  • 06-05-2012
    rodar y rodar
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    :confused:
    For flats and minor repairs, yes, but some things just can't be fixed with zip-ties. I rarely ride with an extra wheel, derailleur or even freewheel. All things that I have had fail mid ride at one point or another. I was still self sufficient but I can see how this service would be great especially if you were away from your local area.

    That`s pretty much what I was thinking to begin with, but it looks like all they actually provide is a lift into the next town (or home or to your car, etc). And really, what else could they feasibly offer except that and flat fixing? Unless the whole team from phone operator to dispatcher to driver were super quick on the draw, you could probably hitch a ride with somebody who was already passing by the scene before the bike tow truck made it out to your location. I think BrianMc was much better served by the ride organizers when he had his magical mystery bottle incedent than he would have been by any of those policies even if he were in the coverage zone. It is nice to be included, though.
  • 06-05-2012
    woodway
    I've got great roadside assistance:

    "Hello, honey? - errr could you do me a favor?..."

    It can get kind of expensive if you use it a lot however... :D
  • 06-05-2012
    jeffscott
    They put the bike on the tow truck and you in the right seat.....you can go to the bike shop or home..your choice but not both...

    Well you have to pay for the second stop....
  • 06-05-2012
    BrianMc
    The honey call on my side is appreciated over her wondering if I had an accident. Only had to call once and it was me not the bike that was the issue. The supported tour sag wagon was a half hour wait and a 90 minute run to the bike shop,

    BrianMc