Anyone using a Bicycle?

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  1. Swampfox

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    I am contemplating the use of a bicycle this season to reduce some time on my entry and exits. Anyone have any personal experiences or insight with this?


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    I use an electric fat bike and a mountain bike... fast quiet where it is usable... farm land and trails
     
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    Yes. I stick to places where I can ride flat trails or roads. It doesn't work as well when I hit the hills.
     
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    Yes, there's no hills where I hunt so trails are flat and easy riding. I had converted my kids bike trailer into a hunting trailer when they got too big for it. Had plans to do more mods to it but some life stuff has reduced free time.
     
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    It can actually be hell going up hill when loaded with gear at the end I'd a hunt. Fortunately for me on my way to my sets is usually down hill.


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    An electric fat bike will easily go up any hill or tall grass but not through thick brush. I have a Norco 6.1 E fat bike with electric assist. I also have a mountain bike regular pedal.
     
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    Those electric bikes look nice! Just don't see it in my future as of right now. However the mountain bike is a consideration. I have a couple areas that I'll be hunting with different terrains.
    The first is flat land with some old logging roads that have some potholes and ruts. With it being flat land i thinks it's manageable without my gear loaded down but of course I can't go without my gear. So this is a concern/ question as to how unstable does a backpack and bow make you on a bike?

    The second property is a well maintained gravel road leading into a maintained trail in rolling hills. Control of the bike should be easy but again how does packing gear work out when peddling up a rolling hill?

    Also, Any experiences with a fat tire bicycle increasing stability?


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    I use a bike quite often for scouting and hunting. Saves a lot of time on the easier terrain. I have a bow holder on the handlebars and my stand/sticks on my back. Now that I'm saddle hunting it will make it even easier.


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    An electric bike sounds really nice except they aren't permitted on most public land. :mad: I do use a bike for scouting but not so much for hunting.
     
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    Those quiet kats are sweet but way out of my price range. I've been thinking of biking in but I think too much to carry. Biggest problem being the bow. Would not want to drop that and then try to hunt


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    A friend of mine has a quiet cat if it's 750w or less it is still considered a non motorized bike. I have a regular mountain bike that I put a rack on the back and I'm thinking of using it this year on the flat areas I hunt.
     
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    depends on whats downhill in order to determine where its going to reduce time. The uphill parts youre going to be packing your normal gear + pushing a bike

    if your entryis downhill you can get in fast and not sweating. One way is going to be uphill most likely so its a wash as far as time/energy savings from experience
     
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    If you get one get the tallest tires your body height can handle. If you can swing it , go 29" or taller. And stick with dual tread tires (on/ off road) not the big fat knobby ones. Unless you're cutting snow. Had one sold it, all it did for me was make pedaling harder pushing a wider footprint. I also like the hybrid style handlebars I have on my mnt. bike. After all
    Its not a race it's transportation.
    Stick with the minimalist approach ( lightweight) and you'll be fine. I cruise past hunters pulling trailers or deer carts loaded with gear. If you tag one you can bike back to your vehicle , drop your gear and plan the extraction . This is my approach, you'll have to decide what to bring in.
    My next bike WILL be electric. But for now, pedaling is working well.
    P.S. don't get a wally world or big box store bike . They don't hold up. Best bet, hit up a dedicated bike shop for getting sized up , they're kind of like an archery shop, they are good at what they do.
    Luck~~~
     
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    My "old", '96 GT mountain bike. I sprayed it flat black, light as a feather and have a utility trailer for it that will hold a deer. I use it a lot for scouting. They save so many steps and effort.
     
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    Those work great. Don't know if they were the same brand but a buddy let me barrow some for a hunt to see if I liked them but never got around to buying a set.

    Here's a pic of the set-up I was using. Please forgive the use of a climber, I still use a variety of hunting platforms
     

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