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Old 10-21-07, 09:08 AM   #1
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Marin to SF public transportation?

I've often wondered, what the best thing to do in case of a major bike breakdown. I ride very frequently in Marin county small towns like Nicasio, Point Reyes Station, Samuel P. Taylor Park etc.

Question: What is the best way to get me and the broken bike back to SF without costing an arm and a leg for a taxi? (a reasonable cost I understand)

I do not have anyone to call to come get me unfortunately. Yes, a lone cyclist!

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Old 10-21-07, 09:56 AM   #2
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What kind of major breakdown are you expecting? I've ridden around 50,000 miles in the last 10 years and have never had a breakdown that I couldn't fix by myself. Bring tools to fix flat tires and a few hex wrenches and you can fix most things on a bike. If you have a major crash and are injured enough that you cannot ride the bike, then you can call a friend to pick you up, but that should be very rare.
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There is bus service that runs from Inverness/Point Reyes Station to more central areas of Marin -- it's called the West Marin Stagecoach. Be aware that it has fairly limited hours, running only on Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturday.

Once you get to somewhere more central, you can use Golden Gate Transit.

Also, in case you didn't know, there is a new bike shop in Point Reyes Station called Black Mountain Cycles.
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Old 10-21-07, 08:32 PM   #4
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Yes, I do carry all that I need for flats, wrenches to fit everything but I meant breakdowns beyond the simple things like a broken frame or fork either by accident or defect, maybe some problem with the bottom bracket etc. I know there are bike shops in these small towns but don't know if they can or are willing to fix something at a moments notice, without having to leave the bike there.

Yes, I agree, breakdowns are probably rare but it can happen, so I just want to have a solution when and if it does happen. Nothing worse than being stuck in a one horse town where there's not even a taxi service, it gives me nightmares...LOL

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Thanks a lot, that West Marin Stagecoach is exactly what I was looking for and the Golden Gate Transit. I'm jotting down all their schedules, times, and stops. I'll drop by Black Mountain Cycles next time I'm in Point Reyes Station.

In fact, I was in Nicasio today and it occurred to me, some of the small ranches might help you out, maybe even give you a lift into San Rafael, (with payment). Or, possibly they will hold the bike for you while you go home and get your car.

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Old 10-21-07, 10:39 PM   #5
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I think it's a good idea to have one or two trustworthy friends/family members to call in case you're stranded. I was recently about 30 miles from home when I couldn't ride any longer because of knee pain (stupid IT band). My sister picked me up, saving me a grueling ride home.
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