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Need a lift? Local company offers bike towing service

Posted by on February 2nd, 2010 at 11:41 am

I like the bike-themed website.
(Screen grab from RobsRoadsideService.com)

People in the greater Portland area now have another option for bicycle roadside assistance. Rob Unger, owner of Gresham-based Rob’s Roadside Service, got in touch recently to tell us he now offers “bicycle towing.”

Says Mr. Unger: “We offer bike towing to any customer who needs to be picked up and taken to a shop or if your’re on a trail and have a flat we’ll bring air so the customer can get home.”

Rob’s Roadside Service serves the following areas in Oregon: Portland, Gresham, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Tualatin, West Linn, Beaverton, Happy Valley, Clackamas, Oregon City, Tigard, Mt. Hood, Cascade Locks and Wilsonville. In the Washington area they serve Woodland, Washougal, Vancouver, Ridgefield, La Center, Camas and Battleground.

The fees are $45.00 per call within a 20 mile radius of the driver. For more info, visit RobsRoadsideService.com or call Rob Unger at (503) 890-6831 (might want to add that to your speed dial!).

Unger’s company joins the American Automobile Association, Better World Club, and Beaverton-based Pedal Secure in offering roadside services to bicycle riding Oregonians.

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  • Dustan February 2, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Great to see the support for Cyclists. AAA has been offering the support for a year now in BC Canada!


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  • Roma February 2, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Yikes! $45? I already have this service – it’s called a city bus. A cab ride might even be cheaper than this.

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  • Bonnie February 3, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    @Roma It may be expensive, but for those who live outside of the TriMet service area, or, in an area where bus service has been cut drastically (there’s no weekend service where I live), it could be worth it. You also can’t pay for a bus ride with a credit card, which may be all that one has if spending the last of the cash on a snack.

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  • Roma February 8, 2010 at 11:59 am


    That’s a good point, although anything short of drastic mechanical failure shouldn’t warrant this service. I mean, if you’re calling people to pick you up (and paying them $45) because you have a flat tire, maybe you should start carrying a mini pump and spare tube (much less than $45) in your bag.

    I would be very surprised if this service gets used very often.

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