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Old 09-28-12, 12:56 PM   #1
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Is there a Bike Shuttle Service on New York's Erie Canal Trail?

I've done some preliminary searching here and on the web, but so far haven't come up with a solution: two of us are considering a ride on the Erie Canal trail (but not be part of the tour or at the time of the tour). We'd like to ride maybe 150 miles or so eastward from Buffalo over maybe 3 days. Is there a way to get back to Buffalo by shuttle service (ala what's available on the GAP)? Or is Amtrak an option (preferably RORO)? We're not interested in riding an out & back tour. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks.
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Well, of course with enough money, you can always find SOMEBODY who'll haul your around. But that's not the answer you wanted.

You could rent a van. Consider UHaul as alternative to conventional car rental places. You could return by Amtrak from Rochester, 75 miles, or Syracuse, 180 miles. They will sell you a nice bike box for $15, plus $10 checked baggage fee. You are allowed to use a standard bike box. You could go by bus. Nah. Don't do that.

I recently did the Erie from Buffalo to Rochester. Saw nothing about shuttle services. But then, I wasn't looking for one.

I'd take Amtrak. Just a short, cheap, ride. You might even luck out and find one with bike racks. Would seem reasonable considering the number of cyclists on the Erie.
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Amtrak is the best option by far. Cheap and quick. I've used it a bunch of times for bike trips between Rochester and Albany.

Downsides? There's no roll-on service on the routes that serve Upstate NY, but you'll have no problem getting a bike box at the station. You'll need to end your trip at a station that has baggage service, like Utica. And you'll need a train with a baggage car. :-)
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May 2017 - New Bike Shuttle For Erie Canal Trail!!!

There is now full blown shuttle service for the awesome 360 mile Erie Canal Bike Trail!!! Check out OUR website at www.gobikeerie.com!

The site is great and has a ton of info plus some really great ride itineraries (look under Planning your Trip)!

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There is now full blown shuttle service for the awesome 360 mile Erie Canal Bike Trail!!! Check out their website at www.GoBikeErie.com!

The site is amazing! Has a ton of info plus some really great ride itineraries (look under Planning your Trip)!

Presumably this is the owner, Diane.

Aside from resurrecting a necro-thread, is there any particular reason you're failing to tell us that you're one of the owners? Or do you habitually speak of yourself in the third person?
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Presumably this is the owner, Diane.

Aside from resurrecting a necro-thread, is there any particular reason you're failing to tell us that you're one of the owners? Or do you habitually speak of yourself in the third person?
Its called sumnimial avertizing. Were all jus to stoopid to relise it.
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Its called sumnimial avertizing. Were all jus to stoopid to relise it.
It's kind of amazing how businesses will astroturf like this and don't realize that it's easy to figure out who they are.

I actually reposted the link over at another popular cycling site, but just deleted it because it's a poor idea to reward deceptive business practices.
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I've done some preliminary searching here and on the web, but so far haven't come up with a solution: two of us are considering a ride on the Erie Canal trail (but not be part of the tour or at the time of the tour). We'd like to ride maybe 150 miles or so eastward from Buffalo over maybe 3 days. Is there a way to get back to Buffalo by shuttle service (ala what's available on the GAP)? Or is Amtrak an option (preferably RORO)? We're not interested in riding an out & back tour. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks.

You might to consider one of the supported tours. I did Buffalo to Rochester a few years ago and I found it awfully boring. I think a supported tour with a guide would be a lot more interesting, especially if you were in to history. They could probably give you a background on all of the little towns along the way too, which the towns are the highlight of the trip IMHO.

edit: oh rats I can't believe I wasted by time on a necro post for someone trying to advertise their business.
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Yep, I'm the owner and pretty happy about it! Sorry if you folks such ardent offense with my posting in the third person voice. Didn't realize it was such a criminal offense. Particularly given how many folks seem interested in finding shuttle service vs. having to use Amtrack. I know the towns along the canal as well as National Parks, are pretty happy that service now exists.
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Yep, I'm the owner and pretty happy about it! Sorry if you folks such ardent offense with my posting in the third person voice. Didn't realize it was such a criminal offense. Particularly given how many folks seem interested in finding shuttle service vs. having to use Amtrack. I know the towns along the canal as well as National Parks, are pretty happy that service now exists.
Way to make yourself sound like an ***. No one is taking issues with the existence of the service but rather how you presented it. It's expected in this community that one will be forthcoming and disclose personal connections when plugging a business. Haven't checked the forum rules lately, but I have to wonder whether your post may violate them. Maybe that's why you presented it in the third person?

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Yep, I'm the owner and pretty happy about it! Sorry if you folks such ardent offense with my posting in the third person voice. Didn't realize it was such a criminal offense. Particularly given how many folks seem interested in finding shuttle service vs. having to use Amtrack. I know the towns along the canal as well as National Parks, are pretty happy that service now exists.

"So many people"? You woke up a 5 year old thread to post your free advertising. Pay the bikeforums for ad space if you think your service is so wonderful and it such demand.
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Gee, tough crowd.
Yea, probably against forum policy but definitely hope your business prospers as it's something I'm sure a lot of us can use in the future.
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Gee, tough crowd.
Yea, probably against forum policy but definitely hope your business prospers as it's something I'm sure a lot of us can use in the future.
The pricing seems kind of reasonable and the service flexible. The GAP/C&O shuttles are stupid expensive, at least they were the last time I checked, a few years back, enough so I considered starting my own shuttle service. As robow said poor form on the posters part but good luck to you none the less.
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Yep, I'm the owner and pretty happy about it! Sorry if you folks such ardent offense with my posting in the third person voice. Didn't realize it was such a criminal offense. Particularly given how many folks seem interested in finding shuttle service vs. having to use Amtrack. I know the towns along the canal as well as National Parks, are pretty happy that service now exists.
You deliberately tried to mislead people about your ownership of the business; one does not accidentally use the third person voice, especially when it comes to self- promotion.

National Parks are happy that your service exists? Care to enumerate the National Parks along the Erie Canal corridor? I've ridden it three times, and somehow managed to miss them.

Edit: There is actually one NPS facility at Fort Stanwix; what did they say in support of your venture?

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Yea, probably against forum policy but definitely hope your business prospers as it's something I'm sure a lot of us can use in the future.
Amtrak along the Erie Canal corridor is actually quite nice, especially since you can ship your bike via the Lakeshore Limited but use whichever Empire Service train you like; your bike will be held at station until you arrive, if you ship it ahead of you. To say nothing of several more options for departure locations.
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Way to make yourself sound like an ***. No one is taking issues with the existence of the service but rather how you presented it. It's expected in this community that one will be forthcoming and disclose personal connections when plugging a business. Haven't checked the forum rules lately, but I have to wonder whether your post may violate them. Maybe that's why you presented it in the third person?

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It's really kind of amazing at how the response isn't "I should have disclosed that I'm the owner" instead of a snarky response.
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It's really kind of amazing at how the response isn't "I should have disclosed that I'm the owner" instead of a snarky response.
Ikr. People these days don't like to be told that they are wrong. "Screw you" is the sentiment expressed.
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It's kind of amazing how businesses will astroturf like this and don't realize that it's easy to figure out who they are.

I actually reposted the link over at another popular cycling site, but just deleted it because it's a poor idea to reward deceptive business practices.
Am i missing something? What's wrong with the business owner announcing that there is now a solution to the question that was asked?

By the way, the company's website is very well put together, and the shuttle rates seem pretty reasonable. I've only ridden portions of the Erie, but now that this exists, I might consider heading back up there to do more of it.
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Am i missing something? What's wrong with the business owner announcing that there is now a solution to the question that was asked?

By the way, the company's website is very well put together, and the shuttle rates seem pretty reasonable. I've only ridden portions of the Erie, but now that this exists, I might consider heading back up there to do more of it.

Nothing at all IMHO. But it is the way it was done. First is was deceptive. The poster never fully disclosed that he was the owner. Second the poster searched for ancient posts in an obvious attempt to promote his service for free.
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Am i missing something?
Yes. Read all of the most recent posts, again if need be. What she did broke forum rules.
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Yes. Read all of the most recent posts, again if need be. What she did broke forum rules.
I honestly wouldn't get bent out of shape if it was a response to an active request, particularly if it wasn't being spammed everywhere.

The intentional attempt to obscure her ownership by writing as if she's someone else, on the other hand, is absolutely unacceptable anywhere, under any circumstances.
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Nothing at all IMHO. But it is the way it was done. First is was deceptive. The poster never fully disclosed that he was the owner. Second the poster searched for ancient posts in an obvious attempt to promote his service for free.
Gad zooks! We all need the weather to improve so we can get out and ride more. This nit-picking ain't good for anybody!
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I honestly wouldn't get bent out of shape if it was a response to an active request, particularly if it wasn't being spammed everywhere.

The intentional attempt to obscure her ownership by writing as if she's someone else, on the other hand, is absolutely unacceptable anywhere, under any circumstances.
I noticed that the post (as of today 3/5/17) actually reads "OUR website at www..." with "OUR" in all caps. Was that changed from something else in response to all these negative responses? If that's the way it originally appeared, then there was no deception. And if it's NOT the way it originally appeared, I don't see where there's any deception, either.

The business owner probably read the post (as lots of us do) without checking the date and posted a solution. OR he/she didn't and posted a solution because someone had asked for one at some point. What's the big freakin' deal?
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The business owner probably read the post (as lots of us do) without checking the date and posted a solution. OR he/she didn't and posted a solution because someone had asked for one at some point. What's the big freakin' deal?
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