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Riding south of the border - WA, OR, etc

Feb. 2, 2019, 7:10 p.m.
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When you guys cross the border do you declare your bikes, check serial numbers, etc or just say "Hey bro-brah border guard person, we're going for a rip on some sweet ass trails yo" and leave it at that?

context is everything

Feb. 2, 2019, 7:21 p.m.
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Pretty much the 2nd one, last went in October


 Last edited by: Kevin26 on Feb. 2, 2019, 7:21 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
Feb. 2, 2019, 8:16 p.m.
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2nd one. They get lots of people headed to Galbraith. Roll up with bikes on the back and the stank of bike gear wafting out the car, it's always been a routine crossing for me.

Feb. 3, 2019, 12:39 a.m.
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Do you guys get health insurance to cover crashes in the US?

Feb. 3, 2019, 12:44 a.m.
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Posted by: Ddean

Do you guys get health insurance to cover crashes in the US?

travel medical from BCAA or the like is relatively cheap. for what it costs for a year it's worth it and then you can head down at the drop of a hat and not have to worry having insurance.

Feb. 3, 2019, 7:41 a.m.
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Second one.

I did get hassled about bringing a dirty bike back into Canada once, though. The guy was claiming that dirt and mud can be a vector for biohazards brought across the border.

Thread about it here: https://nsmb.com/forum/forum/gear-4/topic/psa-wash-your-bikes-before-crossing-the-border-1162/

Feb. 3, 2019, 7:29 p.m.
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Posted by: syncro

Posted by: Ddean

Do you guys get health insurance to cover crashes in the US?

travel medical from BCAA or the like is relatively cheap. for what it costs for a year it's worth it and then you can head down at the drop of a hat and not have to worry having insurance.

Can also sign up for travel insurance online in a few minutes. I've only gone riding in the US three times so I wouldn't sign up for more than I have to.


 Last edited by: Kevin26 on Feb. 3, 2019, 7:31 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
Feb. 4, 2019, 5:46 a.m.
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Posted by: Ddean

Do you guys get health insurance to cover crashes in the US?

Every damn time. A few bucks is a very small price to pay. You might get in a collision on the I5, or have something happen out on the trails. BCAA or TD travel insurance is  a few bucks per day - you can buy it online super easily. Imagine how dumb you would feel if you didn't spend $5 on insurance and got hit with a $20k medical bill. Murica's gotta get paid!

Feb. 4, 2019, 6:50 a.m.
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You may have a credit card that includes short term travel insurance (read the fine print to see if mountain biking is not excluded).

Feb. 4, 2019, 9:59 a.m.
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Might also be worth checking with your Extended Health provider thru work.

I was covered by Pacific Blue Cross for some dental work following an OTB incident in Washington and also a hornet sting which required prescription antibiotics...

Feb. 4, 2019, 10:29 a.m.
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Absolutely would not bike/ski in the US without proper medical insurance, could be a bankrupting error. Low probability high consequence type thing.

I've ridden in Bellingham a bunch of times and never been hassled on either side of the border via Nexus lane. I even did a combo work site visit + bike ride and they didn't bat an eye. There's a self serve car wash in Bellingham just off I-5 you can use to hose the mud off your bike for a couple bucks.


 Last edited by: grambo on Feb. 4, 2019, 10:29 a.m., edited 1 time in total.
Feb. 8, 2019, 2:38 p.m.
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Posted by: syncro

When you guys cross the border do you declare your bikes, check serial numbers, etc or just say "Hey bro-brah border guard person, we're going for a rip on some sweet ass trails yo" and leave it at that?

What's the significance of checking serial numbers? Is that to determine whether you are crossing the border with a newly purchased bike (and trying to dodge taxes/duties)?

Feb. 27, 2019, 2:09 p.m.
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I  make sure to get insurance every time I go to the states. This past thanksgiving I was riding Galbraith with an American cousin, I went flying over the bars on a green trail and broke one of my ribs. I didn't want to test out my insurance but I was sure glad to have it, and I missed a month of work from that crash. 

I did get asked when coming back when and where I had bought my bike. I told the border guards and informed them they could call the bike shop I purchased it from for further confirmation, they didn't have any other questions after that.

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