WHAT'S A SAG WAGON? SAG wagons (Support And Gear) are the heroes that drive the route looking for riders who require a heavy duty floor pump, water, general encouragement, or need to purchase tubes. Or in the case of severe mechanical or physical breakdown, a lift to the nearest bike shop or camp. A basic first aid kit is in each SAG wagon, but medical emergencies should call 911. Bikers who start a day in cold or rain can put layers no longer needed in the SAG wagon if the weather changes out on the route.
The SAG wagon will make scheduled stops at the mid-point of each day (see Sore FANY option to bike only the 2nd half of each days's route). Of course we'll pick you up if you need a lift, but you'll get the best sense of accomplishment if you train and are prepared to complete The Great Big FANY Ride, which will average about 70 miles/day. Bikers still on the route at 6:00pm will be requested to get in the SAG wagon for a lift back to camp.
Please note that SAG wagons are neither yellow nor have a "TAXI" sign on top. SAGs are for the safety and benefit of the whole group while biking; not for personal errands or pizza runs. Fortunately Uber and Lyft are now legal in upstate New York. Also, when possible, local taxi phone numbers for the small overnight towns we stay in are listed on the cue sheets.
CHILDREN - Can children Sign-Up for The Great Big FANY Ride?
We like children, honest! But because FANY is challenging, children under 13 are not welcome to bike on FANY. Children 13-17 who train for the ride and bike must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who will also bike. So that said (and it was a mouthful) athletic teenagers biking with a biking guardian are certainly welcome.
Some families have come on FANY, where 1 spouse is a biker, and the other spouse signs up as a driver. The driver & children drive during the day exploring New York, and camp with the biker at night with FANY. It's a fun way to share the week with your young family. If you'd prefer a tour to bike with your children or beginning cyclists, you might want to check out family options from Erie Canal Bike Tours.