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I am asking my wife for a used bike for christmas so I can turn it into a hunting bike. Any suggestions on type of bike, accessories, etc. I have not really researched it yet, but figured I would start here. Does anyone make a "hunting bike?"
Here is a link to the type of hunting bike I want to build for next year. All the convenience of the bike without breaking a sweat.
i've thought a bike for hunting, and i think a mountain bike with a small trailer like a burley would be the ticket. it would allow you to easily access logging roads closed to motorized vehicles but might be a little noisy on a rough road.
Traction can be an issue if trailer weight is not over the drive wheel is what someone posted in a previous thread on bikes. I too am looking and the mods that would work are not cheap $200-$500+ over cost of bike! Will try to find research, hopefully someone with experience will reply first.
that electric bike looks like a great idea. I use a mtn bike sometimes when I want to get a few miles back easier/quicker, but the biggest problem is that I'm sweating buckets before daylight.
I use a mountain bike a bunch. I love the closed logging roads in the mountains when hunting elk. I'm using it to get to my stands for whitetails too. Very little noise, not much effort, and cuts the travel time. I'd really like to find a bow rack for the handle bars as I'm either lashing my bow to my pack, or using a sling on the shorter treks.
Love the bike not only is it good for the ride in it works great for the pack out.HUNT
Biking into closed road areas (especially if they are not overly steep) is a great way to get back in for hunting.
A bow holder like the ones used on ATV's is great, just mount them on the handlebars.
However, even mountain bikes are not permitted into Wilderness areas. Only foot or horse.
However,even mountain bikes are not permitted into Wilderness areas.Only foot or horse.
Now that's not right or fair,some laws are just not biker friendly at all!You got to be in good shape to do this kind of hunting and the bike doesn't leave a mess behind.
carpshooter I am with you. I love mt biking and bringing them along in the wilderness would be awesome. When I was in Colorado I saw quite a few signs asking to report any biking activities in the wilderness. So I guess a few people are taking their bikes.
I used a mountain bike with atv bow holders on the handle bars. I made a hitch to connect my home made deer cart to the seat post. Total cost was $30.00 for the bow holder and $30.00 for the deer cart. Bike not included All funds are Canadian dollars. Carried bike in canoe over a bridge out river, and had miles of un-pressured moose habitat to myself. I screwed up on the moose though.
Finally a subject at which I'm truly an expert! My hunting buddy owns a bike shop and I've worked there off and on for many years.
The bikes we built for the ranch have a silent-clutch rear hub. Police use these in their bicycles so the bikes roll silently when coasting. Disc brakes are great if you're riding in mud, otherwise "V" brakes stop the bike almost as well and cost much less.
If you want a trailer for a bike, the best in the business are made by Bob trailer. www.bobgear.com Bob trailers will carry up to 70 pounds of gear.
I wouldn't recommend using a trailer on a full-suspension bike though, as this causes angular stress to the rear suspension and easily can snap the swingarm or break the shock/pivot points.
Keep the bike well lubed and you'll have a stealth machine. I've rolled up on many deer, but rolling up on a pack of hogs isn't quite as fun... :)
Hunt Man, Do you have any more photos?
The Surly looks very promising but very very pricey! It is a purpose built SUB.
I would consider a 29er. The 29" wheels roll a lot more efficiently than 26" wheels, and they are more stable. They roll over little obstacles like small rocks and sticks a lot easier. Also, if you encounter some areas that have loose dirt, the larger diameter wheels will not sink in as bad. I bought one of these just to go mnt biking, but realized that it works great for hunting off of too. If you could rig up a trailor to work with one of these, it would be the ultimate. The 29er bikes are kind of new. Gary Fisher has been making these for a while and some of the other companies are starting to catch on as well. They are getting to be very popular with cross country racers.
Used Fuji, no suspension
roll of camo duct tape
single fin grip bow/gun holder on bars
AA powered light under bars, great when combined with head light
big ol granny basket on rear, for stand and misc
many many miles of trouble free operation
built first one for scouting, then started using them to get back and forth to spots quicker & quieter
Thanks for all of the input guys. Now I have to start following these leads.
A few off the Leatherwall
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mandarran, cool bike but not legal in many places, even though it's electric it's still a motorized vehicle