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Old 04-30-14, 12:19 PM   #1
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AAA: 2 free bicycle road service calls a year (MA,NH,RI)

See: AAA roadside assistance now applies to bicycles - News - The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA - Quincy, MA

I keep a membership in AAA despite some disagreements with them. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I received the May 2014 AAA Southern New England "Horizons" from them, saying that at no additional charge, my coverage now includes roadside assistance for two bicycle calls per year, neither of which count against annual road service allotments.

Tandems are excluded. Coverage does not extend to all counties in western Massachusetts. Apparently, some parts of Oregon and New Jersey have already been covered.

(Apologies if this encroaches on the cross-posting rules. At the time I posted on the General forum, I had not noticed the New England forum.)
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Old 04-30-14, 12:44 PM   #2
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Tandems are excluded? What's the thinking behind that, I wonder?
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Tandems are excluded? What's the thinking behind that, I wonder?
Might have to do with sitting 3 abreast in the front seat of the tow truck?
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Cars being towed often have more than one occupant. Maybe AAA sends a guy in a car for bike problems. Getting a tandem into a car is a major pain.
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AAA MA NH RI CT -- exclusion of tandems

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Tandems are excluded? What's the thinking behind that, I wonder?
Somewhere on the AAA Southern New England site it states that the bike must fit on what they consider to be a standard bike rack. They have apparently settled/standardized on one or another rack that does not itself support tandems. Elsewhere on the site, it states that tandems oare not covered ... and that the responding vehicles will be customary AAA vehicles but with these "standard" bike racks appended to them.
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Somewhere on the AAA Southern New England site it states that the bike must fit on what they consider to be a standard bike rack. They have apparently settled/standardized on one or another rack that does not itself support tandems. Elsewhere on the site, it states that tandems oare not covered ... and that the responding vehicles will be customary AAA vehicles but with these "standard" bike racks appended to them.
Aha! Thank you redbird2.

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Interesting. I am not fond of AAA due to their past history of anti-bike lobbying, and have a Better World Club bicycle policy. (I also sold my car a few years back, so AAA would make little sense now, since AAA isn't offering bike-only.) I wonder if the competition is getting to them.

(The AAA policy, if you have both cars and bikes, is better in some ways and worse in others -- BWC counts it against your service calls, but will take you 30 miles instead of 10.)
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Interesting. I am not fond of AAA due to their past history of anti-bike lobbying,
+1. A lot of people don't realize that one of AAA's main (if not its main) purpose is to lobby for spending in projects to benefit motor vehicles. In the past, it has advocated positions that would take money away from alternative transportation projects, including those related to cycling, and instead have it spent on motor vehicle projects.
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and what do they have against western MA?

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