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Hunting Bike?

PJC

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My month old ebike fell off my truck bed and got run over by a truck last night coming home from a hunt. My truck has no tailgate and I never thought in a hundred years it could slide out. But as I took off from a stop sign it did. I stopped immediately and got out to grab it as a guy in a pickup truck ran over it. He never even stopped.


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woodsdog2

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My month old ebike fell off my truck bed and got run over by a truck last night coming home from a hunt. My truck has no tailgate and I never thought in a hundred years it could slide out. But as I took off from a stop sign it did. I stopped immediately and got out to grab it as a guy in a pickup truck ran over it. He never even stopped.


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That blows man, sorry to hear about that.
 
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PJC

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That blows man, sorry to hear about that.
So now the journey begins anew. It’ll be a while before I can take the plunge again.
I may have to just go with a used Mountain bike for now to keep the cost low.


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uncle ricky

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i've got a sondors original fatty fro sale, like new covered with camo duct tape, rack, two new batts, new in box front shock, keys and charger low milage, it's in the classified section a great deal @ 900 but i'm in ma. and don't want to have to ship it
 

ThePennsylvanian

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I use a canondale sl trail bike that I've had for about 8 years now. I put atv bow clamps on the handle bars, and added a wide cushioned seat. Another thing I added after fighting with it, was a chain guard, to protect you from getting your pants or brush wrapped up in the chain! Now, I already had this bike, you dont need anything crazy expensive, especially if you'll be using it on mostly flat ground. Those electric assist bikes are awesome but many states have the same restrictions on those as they do atv use, so that's something to be aware of.. you can get into a bike from walmart for under 300, upgrade the seat, add the bow/gun holders, a sestpost rear rack, and a headlight, and still be under 500 easily! If you wear knee high boots you can even through in larger pedals to accommodate the wider boot sole. I hunt hill country and using a bike is still a great advantage over walking the distances I do.
 

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So here's an update after about a year of bike ownership.

It isn't an end-all , be-all solution, but dang it's nice when it works out. I had several hunts last year where I was able to ride the roads and wade across creeks after they shut vehicle access down due to flooding. I always had the place to myself, and I always saw game. Sand is not fun. Deep mud is worse. Hills are worst of all. But, it isn't any harder to push a bike through that stuff than it is to walk in. Usually I can dismount, push a little bit, and hop back on.

For scouting, it's the bee's knees. You cover WAY more ground, and I can keep riding after I'm too tired to lift another foot walking. You use different muscles, I guess. I've ridden up on hogs, deer, and turkey. They don't seem to be able to process what the sound of bike tires means.

Slime tires are a must. I blew two tires last weekend riding through an old clear cut with a lot of gnarly thorns. A small seat pouch with 2 tubes and levers, plus a frame mounted mini pump are all the tools I've needed. I do keep a spare chain and chain tool as well though, just in case.

Hunting conditions are HARD on a bike. The tech looked horrified when I brought it in for service. Apparently, mountain bikes aren't made to live on the back of a truck and ride through mud all season. That mud has super fine particles that get all up in everything.

The jx3 was my favorite stand to use with the bike, becasue I could strap everything to it, including my weapon. handlebar mounts are not great. Haven't tried a rear one because they're pricey. Neither solution is great when you're wading a creek that goes over the handlebars...
 

Bwhana

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Go tubeless, only IF your rims are made for it and run Stan's sealant. That will take care of most hunting issues with tires. As you stated, then keeping a spare tube for worst case covers about everything and a CO2 inflator (one that actually works, don't go cheap) beats a small pump when time matters!!
 

Nutterbuster

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Go tubeless, only IF your rims are made for it and run Stan's sealant. That will take care of most hunting issues with tires. As you stated, then keeping a spare tube for worst case covers about everything and a CO2 inflator (one that actually works, don't go cheap) beats a small pump when time matters!!
I really like my little pump. It has an adjustable chamber so you can either get more volume or easier pressure. It didn't take more than a couple of minutes to inflate a completely flat tire with it, and i can use it to air back up if i take a few psi out to ride soft soil.
 

Silvio

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So here's an update after about a year of bike ownership.

It isn't an end-all , be-all solution, but dang it's nice when it works out. I had several hunts last year where I was able to ride the roads and wade across creeks after they shut vehicle access down due to flooding. I always had the place to myself, and I always saw game. Sand is not fun. Deep mud is worse. Hills are worst of all. But, it isn't any harder to push a bike through that stuff than it is to walk in. Usually I can dismount, push a little bit, and hop back on.

For scouting, it's the bee's knees. You cover WAY more ground, and I can keep riding after I'm too tired to lift another foot walking. You use different muscles, I guess. I've ridden up on hogs, deer, and turkey. They don't seem to be able to process what the sound of bike tires means.

Slime tires are a must. I blew two tires last weekend riding through an old clear cut with a lot of gnarly thorns. A small seat pouch with 2 tubes and levers, plus a frame mounted mini pump are all the tools I've needed. I do keep a spare chain and chain tool as well though, just in case.

Hunting conditions are HARD on a bike. The tech looked horrified when I brought it in for service. Apparently, mountain bikes aren't made to live on the back of a truck and ride through mud all season. That mud has super fine particles that get all up in everything.

The jx3 was my favorite stand to use with the bike, becasue I could strap everything to it, including my weapon. handlebar mounts are not great. Haven't tried a rear one because they're pricey. Neither solution is great when you're wading a creek that goes over the handlebars...
I just purchased a M2S all terrain Scout after a spending last season on a modified mountain bike. You know nothing is flat in Iowa and having a peddle assist fat tire bike should help on long deep sets coming out. Iowa public land is a challenge and easing the travel coming out of long day sits. I didnt have a anyone mess with my mountain bike on my scouting or hunting trips...but I am concerned with leaving a expensive Ebike in the woods for all day sits....Well, the Scout has a step thru frame for easy access...and has great lites front and rear. The front has a small basket for gear and the rear rack is very strong to handle most of your load...although I travel very endlite last season regarding my hunting gear... I hated peddling a bike out at the end of the day...im hopeful this bike will take the riggers this coming hunting season....thanks for sharing
Silvio
 

woodsdog2

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I just purchased a M2S all terrain Scout after a spending last season on a modified mountain bike. You know nothing is flat in Iowa and having a peddle assist fat tire bike should help on long deep sets coming out. Iowa public land is a challenge and easing the travel coming out of long day sits. I didnt have a anyone mess with my mountain bike on my scouting or hunting trips...but I am concerned with leaving a expensive Ebike in the woods for all day sits....Well, the Scout has a step thru frame for easy access...and has great lites front and rear. The front has a small basket for gear and the rear rack is very strong to handle most of your load...although I travel very endlite last season regarding my hunting gear... I hated peddling a bike out at the end of the day...im hopeful this bike will take the riggers this coming hunting season....thanks for sharing
Silvio
That looks like a great bike and a great price. Let me know how you like it.
 

Tapeworm

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I just purchased a M2S all terrain Scout after a spending last season on a modified mountain bike. You know nothing is flat in Iowa and having a peddle assist fat tire bike should help on long deep sets coming out. Iowa public land is a challenge and easing the travel coming out of long day sits. I didnt have a anyone mess with my mountain bike on my scouting or hunting trips...but I am concerned with leaving a expensive Ebike in the woods for all day sits....Well, the Scout has a step thru frame for easy access...and has great lites front and rear. The front has a small basket for gear and the rear rack is very strong to handle most of your load...although I travel very endlite last season regarding my hunting gear... I hated peddling a bike out at the end of the day...im hopeful this bike will take the riggers this coming hunting season....thanks for sharing
Silvio
Have been ready to pull the trigger on an All Terrain Scout for a couple weeks

Best bafang motor out there & great price


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Allegheny Tom

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Yeah...went to a church picnic yesterday and a couple showed up with new ebikes. Gotta admit they were really nice. I'm also a bike virgin...Im like nutterbuster...own 2 bikes in my life. One when I was 11 and the other got snagged from someone's trash.
After playing on these ebikes, my wife wants a pair of them.
They were fun. I've been talking about getting a bike for a couple years now.
I was in.
Now, all you guys are talking stuff thats way over my head.
Reminds me of when I 1st started investigating saddles. Cha-ching!
You guys all $$$uck but I still love you. Lol.
Anyone got $5k I can borrow?
 
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