Posted September 06, 2002 - 10:19 PM
I know most of the areas I ride haven't got mobile phone coverage, so basically if I can't ride out, then I just wait, and if no one knows which acre of the 20,000 acre forest I am in, then that could be a long wait... I would love to get out and ride alone, for the freedom and personal challenge, but I have other things in my life that demand me to be sensible most of the time...
I need people who don't work Mon - Fri - plenty of unemployed people around who don't work during the week, but they can't afford bikes...
My options are to get an EPIRB, or a satellite phone, both expensive options... and if you set off the EPIRB, then all the govt. services come out to your rescue, but at a massive cost...
Posted September 07, 2002 - 05:06 AM
My second is remeber rule number one
No exceptions, for me, I broke that rule once and I about crippled myself in a bad get off. Never again.
Posted September 07, 2002 - 05:13 AM
Are you sure that is the case because here in Vegas I am friends with one of the guys in Metro Police Search and Rescue. I asked him about that one time and he said it was a myth. Lots of people of think if the helicopter comes then you are paying for it but he said that it is actually a community service paid for by tax dollars.
Posted September 07, 2002 - 06:03 AM
His insurance wouldn't pay for it.
Maybe that only applies to automoble accidents.
It was a really good thing we were riding as a group that day cause he went down hard. He hit a wet root, went sideways and faceplanted a tree.
After coming to he wasn't coherent and just layed there.
My wife reminds me of this almost every time I go out to ride alone.
I ride alot slower and enjoy the moment, rather than hanging it out and enjoying the rush that comes with riding on the edge.
Posted September 07, 2002 - 07:03 AM
Posted September 07, 2002 - 07:29 AM
Posted September 07, 2002 - 11:48 AM
A normal road ambulance costs you money - If I broke my leg here riding in the back yard, and needed an ambulance, I would be charged (however, I have ambulance cover, so that is moot) but a hlicopter would charge as well - they are supported by community organisations etc, but that just makes them available - the running costs to go and get you are your responsibility.
As a citizen, police rescues and the like are a free services, but if you are a tourist, you will be charged... if you wander off into the desert and don't take water or tell anyone where you are going and they have to go and find you, they will send you a bill - same as those aroound the world solo yacht racers - if they sink and have to get navy planes and ships out to remote areas (which we have an international obligation to do in our waters) then they will send you a bill for hundreds of thousands in some cases...
A AU$3,000 sattelite phone is fine, but if y9ou can't get a relative to come and get you on the cheap, then you still need the professionals, medical teams etc... Once you get to the hospital, that side of it is free, but getting there is the expensive part.
And then you have to recover your bike as well...
I could afford the money to be rescued, but not the incapacitation time... perhaps that tempers my riding style (sometimes) but that is MY reality...
Posted September 08, 2002 - 05:59 PM
Had been riding in the desert all year until this ride. Only 15 min from the house and makes for a quick ride.
Posted September 08, 2002 - 06:53 PM
Is that a customized, high tech, wooden kickstand?
Nice bike and nice lookin ridin area
Posted September 09, 2002 - 02:53 AM
Easy choice. Its either that or dont ride - there are few active riders in my area and all my buddies are arm chair sports fans or have no interest in riding. I am never far from civilisation however and I have cell coverage pretty much everywhere I go. I just (try to) ride smart and try to recognize my limitations. Oh yeah I carry a comprehensive tool kit too! I think I'll throw in a first aid kit from now on though.
Posted September 09, 2002 - 05:19 AM
Posted September 09, 2002 - 06:46 AM
Originally posted by Fryboy:
Is that a customized, high tech, wooden kickstand?
Sadly enough, it is. The post that the kickstand spring hooks on broke a couple weeks ago. Thinking about ways to fix it.
Posted September 09, 2002 - 07:24 AM
leave A note on my windshield with my planned route for the day. Eventualy one of your buddies will step up and get his priorities strait. Keep it safe
Posted September 09, 2002 - 11:51 AM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Fryboy:
Is that a customized, high tech, wooden kickstand?[/quote]Fryboy,
Sadly enough, it is. The post that the kickstand spring hooks on broke a couple weeks ago. Thinking about ways to fix it.[QB][QUOTE]
Maybe grind a new grove, use a small hose clamp on the end of the stud to keep the spring on, or cut the stud off, drill a hole and use a bolt and two nuts to form the stud. Nice pics, ahh I love trail riding, I will not stop untill I cant do it anymore, If I meet my end doing it,,, I can think of worse ways to go you know? Nothing makes my soul smile as much as a winding trial leading off into the woods,,, sigh,,,,,,.
Posted September 09, 2002 - 05:04 PM
Posted September 09, 2009 - 09:33 AM
Tire patch kit ect... but most importantly that your bike is in good condition.
PS: dont forget that your alone.
Posted September 09, 2009 - 11:32 AM
Posted September 09, 2009 - 06:16 PM
All the original posters on this thread are living in retirement homes now.
How do you even find a seven year old thread?
Posted September 10, 2009 - 07:07 AM
I work a varied schedule. I've tried numerous times to get coworkers and friends to go riding with me, but t no avail. I ride alone at least once a week, usually doing 50-100 mile trail rides. I try to make loops, so I don't get too far, and plan according to cell coverage. I always leave a note in the window of my truck with anticipated return time and route. I let my chica know where Im going too, and call her before I take off, and check in at a prescribed time when I'm done.
Items I carry with me: Folding Allen wrenchs, Multi-Tool, Several wrenches in common sizes, plug wrench (although I don't have spare plugs), 4-way screw driver-nut driver, ZipTies, Duct tape wrapped around a pencil, Note paper (last will and testiment), Lighter, Backpacker folding shovel, first aid kit, GPS, Iphone with headset(google maps can be your friend), 100 oz water, small bottle of gatorade, ID, Visa, and cashola, protein bars and other snacks, Solar blanket and a poncho for rain. It all fits nicely in my Camelback, and I still have room.
I'm riding near Reno,Nv on Friday 9/11/09. Anyone up to join? Havent planned a route
Posted September 10, 2009 - 07:12 AM
I always leave a note in the window of my truck with anticipated return time and route.
Sadly, that probably also gives the theives a good way to know they have plenty of time to break into your truck.