Rick Hunter designs and builds custom bicycle frames that are made to do everything from racing to hauling cargo to crossing distant hills far from home. He also builds handmade forks, racks, and stems when the mood strikes.
Many veteran mountain bike bowhunters would likely agree that their bike is there most important piece of “gear” behind their bow. The reason is simple – the bike enables you to access prime hunting grounds much more efficiently than by walking. Horses can be used but they require a lot of overhead and hassle in comparison to silently unloading a bike and putting on the miles.
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But with a price tag of $2,199, the Cogburn will be a stiff sell for many hunters. Its wide tires will roll over logs and float through mud and sand. Dragging a deer or elk out after the hunt … that’s another scenario altogether.
The base frame is welded or fillet brazed (your choice), heat-treated chrome moly (Columbus Zona or TruTemper Verus) with the same tube sizes as the Vida Loca BMX bikes. Chainstays and seatstays are .75″ x .035″ aircraft grade chrome moly. Cable routing is standard Thursday, triple stops under the top tube, with a top-pull front derailleur.
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The basic geometry of the bike puts the user in an upright position, which is also good. It’s comfortable, lets you ride at low speeds in heavy clothes and still manage all the roots, ruts and rocks in the trail. The bike comes with really, really wide handle bars that add to easy steering.
From my perch 18 feet up in a sweetgum tree, I couldn’t even see my hunting vehicle, which was barely 40 yards away. I’d stashed the camouflaged bicycle in a brushpile, and it was hidden so well that I was beginning to worry that I might never find it again.
Risk: Biking does add a bit of risk. Walking in most hunting areas is risky much less moving at 10-15 miles per hour with a weapon either mounted on your pack or bike. The key is electric hunting bike While not hunting, bike with a pack or weighed down just like you would if you were hunting, and always wear a helmet.
I started thinking it out. The bike would have to get me around on abandoned roads and pack trails. It didn’t have to be fast but it had to be able to roll over rocks and logs. ALSO it had to be usable as a push-type cargo bike. Let me explain. Hunting is a great activity – it’s not a sport, exactly, it’s serious business – but it involves a lot of hard work. Especially after you kill an animal. An elk, even if you shoot it through the heart, can make one last dash, 25, 50, even 100 yards. It will usually head down hill or into brush. You have to crawl in after it and butcher it on the spot, then you have to get it out of the woods. Not much of a problem with deer, but an elk is the size of a horse. A lot of hunters end up carrying the elk out in pieces, on their backs, a quarter or a half mile. Maybe more.
It only took me a day of biking to learn that ATV handlebar mounts don’t work well on bikes. Neither does carrying the gun slung across your shoulder. Both methods make the bike unbalanced and can cause damage to rifle, scope or you when you fall. Some packs now feature specially designed systems to hold rifle and bow. Just make sure they don’t smack you in the head as you ride over bumps. We now use a padded canvas or leather rifle scabbard, like hunters use on horses, and attach it to the handlebar post and frame below the seat to keep the rifle out of the way but easy to access when getting off the bike. And we never ride with a round in the chamber.
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Choose an electric bike from top brands like Razor, Monster Moto and Jetson, and your child will be burning rubber in no time! In sporty colors like yellow, green and red, your little rider can cruise in style at speeds of up to 15 mph. Adventures can usually last up to 40 minutes, or 10 miles, on a single battery charge. To ensure you get the right bike for your child, carefully examine the age and weight restrictions of your new electric bike.
My elk hunting bike would have to carry the meat for me. I thought about the Vietnam War, and the way the NVA would bring down supplies on bicycles. They loaded the bikes up and pushed them down the Ho Chi Minh Trail. History was gonna repeat itself courtesy of Thursday! I designed the bike so it could carry a set of giant saddlebags. All you had to do was get the meat to the bike, load it up, and push it out.
With a top speed of 23mph, a heavy-duty overhead valve engine and mechanical disc brakes, Monster Moto’s Mini Bike has everything your youngster wants – and with a low center of gravity and Super Grip tires, it has everything you want, too. Durable reinforced frame and tough polypropylene fenders stand up to rugged adventures. Large, padded seat provides a comfortable ride. Adjustable handlebars. Custom graphics that kids love. 79.5cc pull-start engine and automatic transmission. Pre-assembled. Manufacturer’s limited 90-day warranty.
Rick has been designing and fabricating beautiful and unique steel frames since the early 90’s. He builds every frame himself, with the same focus and simplicity that he started with since the early days. From his small shop outside of Santa Cruz, each frame is brought to life and then cheerfully passed to it’s owner with a fond appreciation for the adventures that await.
The frame is made of high quality heat-treated, double-butted A6N-6000AL tubing. Superior design and workmanship result in a high quality bike that is light, strong and responsive so you can go everywhere your hunts takes you.
Another of the bike’s virtues: It’s basically devoid of petroleum aromas and other smells associated with internal-combustion vehicles: no gas, oil, coolant or transmission fluid to leave scent trails through the woods. Think of the bike’s tires as rolling rubber hunting boots: If your bike does double duty, its tires can obviously pick up scents from roads and parking lots, but if it’s a dedicated hunting tool, you’re virtually assured scent-free passages.
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The Pacific Northwest is home to hundreds of thousands of acres of managed forest lands, many of which are owned by private timber companies that were founded on the rich timber resources that blanket this region. This fertile land is also prime habitat and home to Roosevelt elk, black bear, Columbian black-tailed deer, cougars, and many other species pursued annually by hunters. State forest lands, BLM & DNR lands, and plain old private lands are intermixed throughout and can be pinpointed on various maps. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is the best resource for determining land ownership, but this information can also be obtained via state/county resources and by calling timber companies, provided you have adequate Lat/Lon or other description data available.
If you are concerned about the speed and power of an electric bike, pay attention to the motor size. Electric motor size is measured in watts and usually ranges between 250 and 750. When deciding on the appropriate amount of wattage, think about factors like the weight of the rider and the desired speed and terrain for the bike. If your child will mostly be on a flat surface, lower wattage should suffice; if they are planning to ride up and down hills, look for a bike with a larger motor.
Club racing this weekend – yeehah! KIDS CROSS COUNTRY RIDE DATE: Sunday 21st May, 2017. TIME: Registration 7:30 -8:30am. Ride to start at 9am. (Note that this is the same time as the main XC race, but it will be on a different course and will be run by a couple of the committee members – the help of any parents or other family members not racing would be appreciated). LOCATION: AWABA. RACE FORMAT: Set number of laps around the kids / development course. GRADES: This is aimed to provide a participation event for young children up to approximately 12 years of age who are not competent to race on the full track. COST: Junior Riders (14 Years and under) – Free. However, the child must be an MTBA member or purchase a day licence or sign up for the free trial licence**. HMBA CROSS COUNTRY RACE DATE: Sunday 21st May, 2017. TIME: Registration 7:30 -8:30am. Race to start at 9am. LOCATION: AWABA. RACE FORMAT: Set number of laps – to be advised Sunday morning once the track has been set. GRADES: Men: A, B, C and D grade and Juniors. Women: A, B, C and D COST: Senior Riders (over 18) – $15. Junior Riders (15 – 18 year old inclusive) – $10. Junior Riders (14 Years and under) – Free. + $25 Day Licence for Non MTBA Members ** VOLUNTEERS: If you can help out on the day with timekeeping, it would be most appreciated. DOWNHILL DATE: Sunday 21st May, 2017. TIME: Registration 8:45am to 10am. Shuttles Start 9:00am. Racing starts 12:00pm No Private Shuttles! LOCATION: AWABA: Track – Full Monkey COST: $35. MTBA Members (Please have Licence at sign on) + $25 Day Licence for Non MTBA Members ** VOLUNTEERS: If any Mum, Dad or friend is able to give us a hand with timing, driving shuttles etc, please see the guys at the sign on tent.
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Hunting on a bicycle is a little different than I imagined. I have jumped elk while riding, but they ran for it before I could get off a shot. Others may be able to pull this off, or I might catch up to a really dumb elk. Deer, of course, are another matter: they are an order of magnitude less wary than elk. Anyway, the main benefit of the bicycle on the hunt is you can cover so much more ground. And you can travel those roads the forest service has closed off. If I had to guess I would say the bicycle quadruples the area you can hunt.
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When turkey hunting odor is not an issue but for deer, predators, etc. using an electric bike would eliminate sweating, be quieter and reduce scent from boots verses walking. My walk ins are not bad but on public land the bike could get a hunter deeply in as well as reduce odor. However, In Arkansas I do not believe any motorized vehicle is allowed in our Ozark or Ouachita National Forests?
Debuting stateside at this year's Interbike Expo, Jango's Flik folding bike adds a travel-friendly model to Topeak's line of clever multi-activity cycles. After months of enjoyment riding Jango's full suspension bike, we're excited…
Admittedly, ATVs outperform bikes when it comes to one critical task: getting a deer out of the woods. Sorry, folks, but I’ve tried it all — plastic sleds, bike trailers, you name it — and there’s just no good way to lug dead weight with a bike.
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The advantages of fat tire bikes are many. You can ride them over rough or muddy ground, even snow. They are geared for rough terrain and provide good traction and balance. They will ride right over small obstructions such as branches and rocks, obstacles that might trip up a normal mountain bike. These bikes are built to take the beating a hunter will dish out.
Marketed at bow and rifle hunters, the bike — called the CB4 — has a rack, big tires, and a camouflage frame (RealTree Xtra pattern). A tagline from the brand is: “We make gear for people looking to hunt, fish and forage in remote places.”
While my first reaction to the surge in fat tire bikes made for hunting was one of curiosity, that has turned to excitement for trying out this new mode of transportation. Will this be another of those trends that ends up as a bit of hunting history, or will they find a niche that offers long-lasting usefulness? Speaking as a DIY bowhunter, let’s hope it’s the latter.
At the other end of the spectrum, a bike can be used purposely to lay down a scent trail. Try pouring your favorite estrous-doe urine into a small pump-spray bottle and spraying it onto a small spot on a tire. Every time that tire goes around it leaves an olfactory footprint just like a hot doe’s.