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Old 02-14-2012, 07:53 PM   #1
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machetes- do you carry one?

hey folks, just thought i'd ask since i like to take my dr camping. i also like to take my machete camping. problem is, i'm not sure where to put it on the bike. i'll want to ride the bike when it's unloaded after setting up camp and still take the machete with me in case i want to do bush whacking or bear whacking or the like. do you have a machete, and if yes, where do you put it on the bike when riding?
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:17 PM   #2
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:33 PM   #3
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In the past I've carried them strapped across the handlebars or parallel to the exhaust (on an older scrambler). you might also look into a large folding saw or hunting knife.

These days I use a combination of a larger hunting knife (SOG Tigershark) and for just whacking aside the brush, a stout stick I find along the trail.

You could also carry it across your back ala Jack in the movie "Romancing the Stone"
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:53 AM   #4
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:59 AM   #5
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I have an Ontario SP8 machete that always rides with me on the bike. I keep it in the right pannier. When the panniers are off, I carry it in a small tail bag I have.
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:49 AM   #6
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Gator jr for me. As much as a very large knife as a true machete. Fits in either side case or trunk, or inside or strapped to the tooltube.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:00 AM   #7
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I've carried one for 25 years in the car/truck, but never on the bike. Since I camp frequently, it always comes in handy.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:46 AM   #8
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Just put it on the seat and sit on it,,,,, what could possibly go wrong?
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:01 AM   #9
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Wacks weeds and shrubs just like a machete.
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:56 AM   #10
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:17 AM   #11
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hey folks, just thought i'd ask since i like to take my dr camping. i also like to take my machete camping. problem is, i'm not sure where to put it on the bike. i'll want to ride the bike when it's unloaded after setting up camp and still take the machete with me in case i want to do bush whacking or bear whacking or the like. do you have a machete, and if yes, where do you put it on the bike when riding?

http://www.knifecenter.com/item/GB31...18-inch-carbon

I use my Gerber 18" on all my trips. On foot, bike or other. I usually just strap it to my CamelBac.

Heavy enough blade for deep cuts but not too heavy. Swings comfortably and effectively.

I've owned this one for ~3 years, sharpens to a razor's edge and holds it fairly well.





The saw back is a functional piece and I've taken many tree limbs with it.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:19 PM   #12
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I usually just make him ride bitch

Machete don't ride bitch.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:59 PM   #13
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:14 PM   #14
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wow

wow, lots of replies. thanks guys, i like the idea of strapping it to the forks, and strapping it to my back makes sense, too. i do have an ESEE 6 bush knife that i would also take along. machete on back and knife on belt seems good. bears won't even think of messing with me.

i'll be going on the bc big adventure trail ride 2012 (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=747592) so i will certainly feel better carrying a machete, though i don't know how effective against a grizzly it would be. anyway, i'll be riding to bc. any of you know if it's legal to have a machete strapped to your back in a public place like a gas station? pperhaps under the jacket during travel would be better.
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