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    Registered User Array Meko's Avatar
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    need advice

    Well I am going to Island this summer
    It's my first time to travel with my bike

    So is there any good advice to getting into/out ferry?
    Also is there any good advice to park in the ferry?

    if someone answer to me, I really appreciate
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    the friendly staff of bc ferries will make everything you do enjoyable. just follow their directions. they do this kinda thing for a living.

    but, the obvious things are: to get on and off a ferry, ride. to park on a ferry, put the kick stand down. ask the staff to help you chalk the bike once it is parked.

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    whats chalking the bike?...

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    ^^ blocking the wheels so it won't shift in transit

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    chalks are the wooden blocks you put under the bike to support it on the non kick stand side.. they keep the bike upright in rolling water.

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    i've been on teh ferry so many times. # 1 rule, put the wooden blocks on no kickstand side just like what doug said.

    don't try to rev and speed off the slippery floors of the ferry, not too good to lowside when u're the first guy off the ferry.
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    Thank you doug and scubaphil
    Those are great advice!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scubaphil
    i've been on teh ferry so many times. # 1 rule, put the wooden blocks on no kickstand side just like what doug said.

    don't try to rev and speed off the slippery floors of the ferry, not too good to lowside when u're the first guy off the ferry.

    So when I will park my bike on the ferry, should I keep 1st gear or N? or doesn't matter??? sorry ask you such a silly question...

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    it doesn't really make a difference, but i've always backed my rear tire at the end of the curb...

    Oh, little trick. when u get ur tickets, or about to get ur tickets, you DO NOT have to wait in line. just go to ANY of the toll both and say you want to get one the specific boat and they'lll be nice enough to process and issue a ticket for you.
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    Thank you for your advice scubaphil!!
    And Glad to know that I don't have to wait in line!

    I will have fun with my bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meko
    So when I will park my bike on the ferry, should I keep 1st gear or N? or doesn't matter??? sorry ask you such a silly question...

    Meko
    I do the island commute all the time..

    Paying at the ferry:

    - have your credit card ready in a pocket accessible without you having to take your gloves off.. nobody likes to wait while you take off your gloves and reach into your wallet.. so be considerate

    Parking on the ferry:

    - back it up to the curb
    - keep your bike in 1st gear.
    - find a chalk that will fit snugly with your ride
    - lock your wheel

    Getting off the ferry:

    - get there in advance in case some ferry trainee doesn't know how to enter the terminal without bashing into the port..
    - also gives you ample time to check your bike over and/or to catch idiot cagers sitting on your ride or touching it... (this has had happen to me... they seem not to be able to sit patiently in their cars while taxing)

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    Parking on the ferry:

    - back it up to the curb
    - keep your bike in 1st gear.
    - find a chalk that will fit snugly with your ride
    - lock your wheel
    Depending upon the style of bike, you may want to bring an old towel along to place over the chalks. If the chalks have to go under your fairing, chrome or other finished surface, you'll want to put something in there to prevent scratching.

    Be beside or even stradling your bike when the dock. If they hit the dock a little too hard, your or someone else's bike may topple over.

    Also when backing up to place your rear tire against the curbing rail (when parking on the ship), watch for pipes and steel beams that stick out and can damage your rear fender.

    If you have a choice between a side and center kick stand, use the side kick stand. Center stands are usually not as stable and not recommended for parking on a ferry.

    Enjoy the ride (both of them).

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    Chocks, people!! CHOCKS! Wheel CHOCKS!This is driving me nuts!


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    sure..now you want to confuse meko with the proper spelling?

    chaulk! chalk! chock!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaK
    I do the island commute all the time..

    Paying at the ferry:

    - have your credit card ready in a pocket accessible without you having to take your gloves off.. nobody likes to wait while you take off your gloves and reach into your wallet.. so be considerate

    Parking on the ferry:

    - back it up to the curb
    - keep your bike in 1st gear.
    - find a chalk that will fit snugly with your ride
    - lock your wheel

    Getting off the ferry:

    - get there in advance in case some ferry trainee doesn't know how to enter the terminal without bashing into the port..
    - also gives you ample time to check your bike over and/or to catch idiot cagers sitting on your ride or touching it... (this has had happen to me... they seem not to be able to sit patiently in their cars while taxing)


    thank JaK! that's awesome advice.
    I have to write down and I keep it with me.

    Well if someone touch my bike, I will kick them ass!! that's for sure.
    Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! LIVE THE LIFE!!

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