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Electric bicycles for hunting #8484564 12/23/21 06:10 AM
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I bought a Bakcou electric bike this year. It’s pretty cool for hunting. I hunt a 1000 acre tract, so it allows me easy access to the far corners quietly. Plus I’m not wet with perspiration when I arrive at my stand. I am a cyclist, so riding it comes easily as far as handling. I have a clip on red light so I feel I can get places way more quickly and quietly, and leave less scent. Plus it’s way easier to transport than my ATV. I like to walk, but riding my bike in and out sure is easier and quicker. It’s super powerful, climbs any hill, and has a 40 mile range. Since it has a throttle, I don’t really even have to pedal much, so it’s definitely a lazy way to get around.

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In the right place I think It's a great idea. Stealth, good, noise, not as good. I used to public hunt a place and bicycles were allowed. Never could get clarification if they were allowed on the place I was hunting.


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Re: Electric bicycles for hunting [Re: Harkriscar] #8484947 12/23/21 05:38 PM
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5-8k for an electric bike? Out of principal I don't think I could pull the trigger on one.

Re: Electric bicycles for hunting [Re: Harkriscar] #8488694 12/28/21 04:14 PM
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I bought electric bike before the 2020 season cause of broke my foot moving a tripod, dang tripod fell on it. Used it a lot last year. Got a late start ready for season this year, wife had major hand surgery and then couldn’t find my charger. I must have put it up somewhere so I could remember where I put it. Took a couple of days to get one off Amazon. Once it came it caught a bad cold and was down for week and half. Missed my rut in East Texas. Didn’t get to use it much this year but I only paid 1500 bucks for mine. Far cry cheaper than a 4 wheeler.

I welded a receiver on one of those cheap receiver hitch carriers from harbor freight and mount my bike rack on the back of that. Which goes on the back of my old 97 Tahoe hunting buggy. It’s a good set up for me. Sure as heck easier than a trailer for a SxS or 4wheeler and I have both.

This years season was a bust, couldn’t get off work during bow season, it was hot as hell anyway. Gun season was a bust.

You can have all the electric bikes and hunting stuff there is, but seems like the stars have to align just right to be able to use them. At least in my case.

Electric bikes are not for everybody. I’d say if a guy played with dirt bikes or motorcycles they are fine, may be a good fit. Riding one on bad ranch roads or in my case bad logging roads pitch dark is not for the week of heart. It took me a couple of different light setups before I could actually see good to ride in the dark.

The one I have is dang fast, I’d say it runs well over 20 mph on flat ground. I bought a gravity monster which good enough for me.

I’d get rid of my 4 wheeler before I’d get rid of my electric bike.

They way my lucks gone last couple of seasons I might need to quit and start collecting stamps LOL. Week before Christmas wife ended up both bad sick. Thought we had Covid, got tested for Covid, both tested negative but Dr said we had the flu. Though we were going to both die. About as sick as I’ve ever been, wife is still a little sick.

Limped around last year with broke foot, missed this year sick, sh……t happens LOL. I be ready and give it hell next season.

Time to forget about hunting till next year and get ready and back to bass fishing.


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How do you guys who have one think it handles rougher conditions?
Like when it's extremely muddy and wet?
Or really really cold?

I don't think you should recharge a lithium battery below 32F and you shouldn't use one below 0F but those conditions are a little extreme for Texas.

Re: Electric bicycles for hunting [Re: SouthWestIron] #8489334 12/29/21 03:44 AM
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Originally Posted by SouthWestIron
5-8k for an electric bike? Out of principal I don't think I could pull the trigger on one.


I hear you but eBikes are like computers in the 90's-00's in that you can build your own for a lot less, like $1500 for good motor and battery plus whatever you spend on a bike.


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My bike has front and rear suspension. So it handles rough ground pretty well. But I’ve ridden mountain bikes for decades, so I’m comfortable on rough terrain. If you’re inexperienced, you may not be. As far as muddy, it also does well. It’s not as nimble as a good mountain bike, as it is much heavier (75 lbs). And if I encounter a really rutted area, I’ll walk it. One nice feature is that you can put it in walk mode, and the motor will move the bike as you walk, so you don’t have to push it. But I don’t go fast, and don’t take risks. I don’t want to fall with my rifle on my shoulder. I don’t use a rack, as I’d rather not have my rifle attached to the bike.

But on dirt roads or smooth trails, it’s super easy. As far as lights, I use a Quiet Cat light, in the red mode. It’s plenty bright for going in the dark. Especially going fairly slow.

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I love it as far as getting out to the stand quietly. But how useful is it going to be if you kill a deer?

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Originally Posted by COFF (TFF)
I love it as far as getting out to the stand quietly. But how useful is it going to be if you kill a deer?


Get a trailer!

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Check out this thread. https://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/7724031/electric-bike-recommendationma
Some good ideas and the one I posted about a build. I saw it last November at the VA Clinic, the man said it was like riding a "mule" and it went every where he wanted.


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I am an avid mountain biker, used to own a high end shop, raced, travel several times a year out of state..

I have taken mine out to our lease but some of it so sandy it it just not fun at all.

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Originally Posted by ccoker
I am an avid mountain biker, used to own a high end shop, raced, travel several times a year out of state..

I have taken mine out to our lease but some of it so sandy it it just not fun at all.

Fat tire bike is the only way to go.


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Originally Posted by dogcatcher
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I am an avid mountain biker, used to own a high end shop, raced, travel several times a year out of state..

I have taken mine out to our lease but some of it so sandy it it just not fun at all.

Fat tire bike is the only way to go.


They don't make 10-ply tires for bikes. smile. I'd be too afraid of eating it with a rifle in hand on a sandy spot or odd rock sticking out.

The very first lease I ever went to look at, my boys and I took our MTB's to go ride around. Net of the story, I ended up having to throw the tires away as never could get all the pickers out and kept puncturing the tubes.

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They don't make 10-ply tires for bikes. smile. I'd be too afraid of eating it with a rifle in hand on a sandy spot or odd rock sticking out.

The very first lease I ever went to look at, my boys and I took our MTB's to go ride around. Net of the story, I ended up having to throw the tires away as never could get all the pickers out and kept puncturing the tubes.

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Depends on the location, stickers were not an issue for us, but mesquite thorns were, but only occasionally. On the kids bike, I pulled the innertubes and stuffed pipe insulation in them. Inside of the pieces of pipe insulation I used water hose as a filler. Rough ride but they never had another flat.


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Originally Posted by dogcatcher
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I am an avid mountain biker, used to own a high end shop, raced, travel several times a year out of state..

I have taken mine out to our lease but some of it so sandy it it just not fun at all.

Fat tire bike is the only way to go.


for sand, sure..
I am testing some 29x2.6 Pirellis for a buddy of mine's shop
I have been running tubeless for 20 years so no worrying about flats

2.6 is as big as I would want for normal riding though, they sidewalls get flexy and cornering is vague.

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