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Old 06-23-08, 07:56 PM   #1
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Your bike fails in the middle of nowhere. What do you do?

Let's say you are riding a long way from home . . . maybe over a couple hundred miles away and something on your bike breaks that is irreparable and you can't go on. You can't call any friends cause they are too far away. You know no one in the area. You are too tired to walk 20 miles to the nearest motel and too hungry. What do you do?
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That's when I would pull my cherry pie out of my saddle bag.
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I imagine a lot of long distance tourers have faced this situation. I've read several accounts of where local people would help them. Haul them and their bike to a bike shop or motel. There are a lot of friendly people out there.
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That's when I would pull my cherry pie out of my saddle bag.
Would you use that pie to bribe people to help you?

In all seriousness, though, I often worry about this. Sometimes I am far from home and just don't know what I'd do. I guess I'd have to go door knocking for help.
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Something like this happened to me once while touring in the Trinity Alps, Northern California.

I was alone and cut a tire on a rock. The tire was slashed really badly; I couldn't boot it with anything I had on the bike. I hitchhiked a ride (for me and my bike) to the closest town, which (I think) might have been Happy Camp, California...about 100 miles from closest bike shop. I asked around for help, and found a forest ranger who was willing to sell me a tire off his bike.

Really, the whole thing went from disaster to on my way down the road in a couple of hours, as I recall...it didn't even take me that long to hitch a ride, even though it was a low-traffic road. The only real problem I had is that the new tire didn't fit quite right and I was worried for a couple of days that I would have more tire trouble (but I didn't).

A couple of days later, when I got to Mt. Shasta, I went to a bike shop, bought the forest ranger a replacement tire and mailed it to him.

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Let's say you are riding a long way from home . . . maybe over a couple hundred miles away and something on your bike breaks that is irreparable and you can't go on. You can't call any friends cause they are too far away. You know no one in the area. You are too tired to walk 20 miles to the nearest motel and too hungry. What do you do?
Bend over and kiss your arse goodbye.

If you do eventually find your way back, though, get better friends. You shouldn't be able to ride a bicycle further than a friend is willing to drive a vehicle to pick you up. My wife might let me simmer a few hours first, but even she would eventually come get me.
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Do what I did a few summers back in the Texas hill country. Stand there by the road looking hot, sweaty, forlorn, but quite non-threatening. Two fine looking female kayakers stopped their truck and asked if I was OK. "No!" Need a ride? "Yes!" Put it in the back and get in. . They took me straight to a motel... the one where I was staying.
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Would you use that pie to bribe people to help you?

In all seriousness, though, I often worry about this. Sometimes I am far from home and just don't know what I'd do. I guess I'd have to go door knocking for help.
Don't worry, be happy. Keep your bike in good shape, carry a few tools, hitchhike if it comes to that.
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Do what I did a few summers back in the Texas hill country. Stand there by the road looking hot, sweaty, forlorn, but quite non-threatening. Two fine looking female kayakers stopped their truck and asked if I was OK. "No!" Need a ride? "Yes!" Put it in the back and get in. . They took me straight to a motel... the one where I was staying.
Knowing you as I do, it is safe to assume the motel is the one where YOU were staying, not one where WE stayed. Which only goes to prove the accuracy of the post above that said there are a lot of nice people out there. Thankfully.

It's really a no worries situation. What is the worst that can happen? You spend a night by the side of the road and walk your bike 'til some good soul takes the opportunity to lend a helping hand, It's what you would do if you saw a biker in need, right?
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They took me straight to a motel... the one where I was staying.
You built and shattered the fantasies of hundreds of male 50+ers in one short sentence.

But seriously, to answer Tony's question, if I had no choice I suppose I would try to flag down a car of find a house. As another poster mentioned, I would try to look non-threatening.
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Would you jack up your cycling shorts and show some leg?
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^^ not if he wanted help.
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I DO kinda look like your everyday axe murderer.
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If that happened to me I guess I'd pull out my 6 shooter and put one into the headset to put the faithless steed out of its misery. Then I'd roast it over a fire and eat it to maintain my health. All the while looking up for signs of circling buzzards..... Remember to suck the marrow out of the frame tubes. The newbies always forget how much nourishment that marrow has in it.
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I'm assuming that you would have a cell phone ... although if you are really out in a desolate area, it might not get a signal. But if you do, then you could always call the police to get assistance. If you can get to any kind of store or restaurant or gas station, you could find someway to get help. Around here most farmers would be glad to lend a helping hand.

Personally I'd be more nervous about breaking down in a bad part of a city than out in a rural area.
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That happened to me years and years ago on a tour in northern Vermont. I sat by the side of the road with my broken bike (burned-out rear wheel bearings) and looked pathetic. Finally, after a few hours (I read a book I had with me) a guy in a pickup stopped and asked if I wanted a ride. He took me into some town (I think it was Waitsfield), that had a hardware store that sold bikes. They helped me take the rear hub apart, took out the cracked bearings, re-packed the hub, and sent me off with a stern warning to get to a "real" bike shop in Montpelier and buy a new rear bearing set. They scolded me for letting the bearings "go dry" for so long (Jeeze! I didn't know about that stuff then...). On the way, I twisted off the front skewer, but that's a different story.
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Cell phone transmission works off towers. How about the satellite types? Aren't there any products that use satellites?
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If that happened to me I guess I'd pull out my 6 shooter and put one into the headset to put the faithless steed out of its misery. Then I'd roast it over a fire and eat it to maintain my health. All the while looking up for signs of circling buzzards..... Remember to suck the marrow out of the frame tubes. The newbies always forget how much nourishment that marrow has in it.
Brilliant.

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A spare foldup tire in the kit would seem to be in order. I will not post it but there is something called the 7P Theory that starts out "P**s poor planning leads to ...........".
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Let's say you are riding a long way from home . . . maybe over a couple hundred miles away and something on your bike breaks that is irreparable and you can't go on. You can't call any friends cause they are too far away. You know no one in the area. You are too tired to walk 20 miles to the nearest motel and too hungry. What do you do?
Assume a zen-like position in the middle of the road (ala Buddha). Meditate on the joy of living. Let whatever is going to happen next happen next.
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I would click the heels of my ruby slippers and say "There's no place like home. There's no place like home."

As said before, find help or find a place to sleep.
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If your bike falls in the middle of nowhere and there are no pictures......................................




then it didn't happen.
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If your bike falls in the middle of nowhere and there are no pictures......................................




then it didn't happen.
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Call Triple B (BBB)?

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Don't have many "In the middle of nowhere" bits over here. All you would have to do is turn the bike upside down and sit by the side of it. Won't be long before a Cyclist comes along and asks if you need help. And if you are lucky- he will be on his way home from work in his car and offer you a lift.
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