Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Bikes and Bows

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greyghost 11-Jun-18
olddogrib 11-Jun-18
felipe 11-Jun-18
limbwalker 11-Jun-18
PEARL DRUMS 11-Jun-18
Frisky 11-Jun-18
raghorn 11-Jun-18
Mpdh 11-Jun-18
Mike Columbia Basin 11-Jun-18
olddogrib 11-Jun-18
HH1 11-Jun-18
JusPassin 11-Jun-18
Scoop 11-Jun-18
T4halo 11-Jun-18
cubdrvr 11-Jun-18
fdp 11-Jun-18
Iwander 11-Jun-18
DHay 12-Jun-18
cubdrvr 12-Jun-18
BATMAN 12-Jun-18
cubdrvr 12-Jun-18
kginrick 12-Jun-18
Mountain Man 12-Jun-18
felipe 12-Jun-18
cubdrvr 12-Jun-18
cubdrvr 12-Jun-18
Babysaph 12-Jun-18
Ron LaClair 12-Jun-18
greyghost 12-Jun-18
Roadrunner 13-Jun-18
From: greyghost
Date: 11-Jun-18




Hey Guys, looking at mountain bikes to get a little further into the back country for Elk. I usually hunt Colorado mostly gravel or rough dirt. What bikes do you guys suggest that won't break the bank? and whats the best/safest way to carry longbow and gear.

Thanks, Ghost

From: olddogrib
Date: 11-Jun-18




Warm weather is not the season for deals on bikes, but we have a Habitat Re-store (think Goodwill on steroids) where you can find absolute steals on top of the line mountain bikes that were donated in the dead of winter. I got a like-new, 21 speed Jamis back in February. I didn't believe them when they told me what it sold for new. Did a little research and went back and bought it the next day for less than 20% of its retail price after I talk them down another $25 and used my senior discount coupon. It was for the grandson, but I got lifetime rights for it during turkey season. I missed a skunk crossing the road by inches before daylight back in early May the first time I took it....that might have knocked the resale down a bit!

From: felipe
Date: 11-Jun-18

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I made this "bow taco" to carry a strung longbow. It worked okay, I needed to do some fine tuning but lost it last year in the flood. A two part takedown is the ticket...

From: limbwalker
Date: 11-Jun-18




I used a very old (nearly 30 yrs.) steel framed Diamondback for that very purpose a couple years ago, in the mountains North of Durango. That's when I realized that those Colorado mountain bikers have forgotten more about mountain bikes than I will probably ever know. They were in places I could not believe with gear ratios so low I wondered how they could stay upright!

I don't have any answers but I do know that there are a couple stores in Durango where you could find some very qualified folks to help you. Mostly I saw super low geared, balloon tired bikes with front shocks on those 11K+ feet hiking trails.

One day, I was glassing the uppermost ridges (I'm talking near 12K feet) and saw some movement that I hoped was a group of elk. Nope, it turned out to be two mountain bikers that were miles from the trailhead and riding along on the Colorado trail. I couldn't believe it. I'm still amazed.

I just used my old bike to go down some closed FS roads that were relatively level. It worked fine for that, but there is no way I could have gotten it to the places I saw some folks.

From: PEARL DRUMS
Date: 11-Jun-18




I bet those fat tires that are becoming very popular would roll over rough stuff easier and smoother. That's the only 2 cents I have.

From: Frisky
Date: 11-Jun-18

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You really don't want a mountain bike, as you'll be ambushed and killed by a cougar. Instead, look for a bike that matches the color of your bow as I did.

Joe

From: raghorn
Date: 11-Jun-18




They cannot go into the Wilderness areas

From: Mpdh
Date: 11-Jun-18




Can’t tell you about carrying a bow as I’ve never done it. As far as bikes go, don’t buy one with skinny tires like in Friskys pic, get a mountain bike with at least 2inch wide tires. And spend as much as you can afford because as price goes up, so does function and durability while weight goes down. Lastly, carry a tool kit and spare tire tubes or tire patch kit. Walking is bad enough, doing it while pushing a bike with flat tires is a lot worse.

MP

From: Mike Columbia Basin
Date: 11-Jun-18




Take down bow or a Pack that you can strap it to are the easiest way to carry bow. Unless you want to commit to getting in biking shape borrow or rent one and ride your intended area and then decide if it is for you or not. Craigslist is best for deals but as said this isn't the time of year for those.

From: olddogrib
Date: 11-Jun-18




Rumor has it the Joe has a matching pair of panties that he wears with that combo , but it was just TMI for me and I don't spread gossip!

From: HH1
Date: 11-Jun-18




Ghost,

I love my Trek Fuel 70. It is a "older" full suspension mountain bike that I have taken all over this state (Colorado). It is pretty light weight and durable as hell! I found it on Craigslist for $300.00 in almost new condition.

As for transport of bow and gear? Find your bike first then look at "how". I say this because the full suspension bikes require a different luggage or rack system than the others (they attach differently) . FYI, they now make all kinds of travel accessories for mountain bikes that can easily accommodate your bow.

From: JusPassin Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 11-Jun-18




There are lots of discussions on some sites about using electric assisted bikes for back country hunting. They sound pretty interesting.

From: Scoop Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 11-Jun-18




Ron LaClair at Shrew Bows makes a sleeve on the outside of his back quiver to slip an unstrung bow into. It pretty much just covers the handle. I have one of his older quivers and have used it on bikes and horses. Works fine for me and will hold bows other than his shrew.

From: T4halo
Date: 11-Jun-18




My bike is a very reliable and easy to pedal BMW R80GS.

T4

From: cubdrvr
Date: 11-Jun-18




From: fdp
Date: 11-Jun-18




Kind of depends on the type of bow you are carrying. I used to carry a short flatbow on the frame of my bike out in Runnels county Texas. It was short enough that it didn't interfere with the front end, and I just strapped it to the middle tube.

A friend of mine carried his 2 and 3 piece takedowns in a pack that he had. Arrows in a protective case on the outside of the pack.

From: Iwander
Date: 11-Jun-18




I'll tell you all a little secret........Frisky has it all figured out! He's completely set up to hunt the Burbs. Without Frisky, certain a huge buck will die of old age in a wooded area right behind his neiborhood.

From: DHay
Date: 12-Jun-18

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I think Frisky is on to something with the bikes and the Cats. Cats can be seen waiting on the Incline where the Bike traffic slows a bit. When Biking into some of those special spots you can also use a bike trailer to haul in Camp or use it as a Cat Decoy, or Both. I just have an older Hunting Bow with plenty of Field marks already on it already and an Old Scwhinn. This is how the bow goes in with me. :) I have also taken an two piece longbow in with backpack.

From: cubdrvr
Date: 12-Jun-18




They’re great for those hard to get to places.

From: BATMAN Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 12-Jun-18




I know that it's extra weight, but I prefer FENDERS on the bike! Getting mud or water slung up on Your rear is not fun! ( BEEN THERE...DONE THAT!)

From: cubdrvr
Date: 12-Jun-18




Well my link no won’t come thru. Have to wait for grandkids to get here and show me what I’m doin wrong lol.

James, if you have a rear rack a piece of cardboard can be tied or bungied on to catch most of the mud.

From: kginrick
Date: 12-Jun-18




I would suggest extreme caution with arrows as broadheads and bike spills can lead to bad things

From: Mountain Man
Date: 12-Jun-18

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Ive tryd it but the bow keeps falling off ; )

From: felipe
Date: 12-Jun-18

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I love this pic. Although it's not me (promise), when I was a kid I would ride my bike to the feed store and carry home 50# bags of horse feed on my shoulder...

From: cubdrvr
Date: 12-Jun-18

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Try again.

From: cubdrvr
Date: 12-Jun-18




i surrender lol

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 12-Jun-18




You might take them on gravel roads but yoy won't do well on blowdowns. That all sounds good but yoy can peddle miles in on a gravel road only to meet a motorized vehicle.

From: Ron LaClair
Date: 12-Jun-18

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From: greyghost
Date: 12-Jun-18




Thanks for the ideas and pics

From: Roadrunner
Date: 13-Jun-18




I don't have mountains to deal with, but I use a design with a crank that is forward of the seat. This allows me to get both feet on the ground while on the seat. If I get in a tight spot I won't fall, which is a big deal for an old guy way back in the boonies.





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