Had to abandon the bike on the trail today

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Handy, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. trailrider383

    trailrider383 867-5309

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    I noticed the same thing on some trails in the Payette National Forest. That website shows a trail as non-motorized but the 2013 MVUM shows it as motorized. Don't trust that site to show accurate info.
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  2. Handy

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    The signs up there only said that 137 was non-motorized, which is shown as motorized on the IDPR site. So I don't know whether it is motorized or not.
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  3. obrianmcc

    obrianmcc Been here awhile

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    It had me curious becuase it's not an area known for trail access/riding etc. I know they have had issues with the ATV's further west......IDPR/USFS Map/MVUM appear to be consistent with each other, but signs on the ground could be another story?
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  4. n16ht5

    n16ht5 ride the night

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    no skid plate??? you don't carry JB weld? without a skid plate??! by yourself??? no ham radio or spot either?? omg. :huh
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  5. Biston

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    That looks like some awesome riding up there!!! Bummer about your bike though.
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  6. Handy

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    Since we had to go back up there to get my bike we decided to float the Cabarton stretch of the NF Payette while we were in the area. So we headed up there Saturday after the rodeo with the raft and the dogs all loaded up. We camped near the FAA radar site looking over the headwaters of Squaw Cr. It is a beautiful spot and we were treated to a great sunset and moonrise.
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    This is the rescue team. My wife and uncle and our pack of dogs helped get the bike up to a piece of flat ground.
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    This the patch, I used JB Steelstick. It seems to be holding well.
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    After I got out to the road I rode up to take a picture of the radar site for the challenge. As I was taking this photo I heard the hisssss of my front tire going flat so we had to load the bike up in the back of the truck for the ride home.
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    Having a little breakfast after getting back to the truck
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    We ended up having a great weekend and everything worked out well in the end.
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  7. Handy

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    It has the factory skid plate on it which was obviously insufficient.
    This was only the second time I have ever ridden single track in my life so I wasn't as prepared as I will be next time, live and learn I guess.
    What's life without a little adventure once in a while?
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  8. Kootenai Rider

    Kootenai Rider Displaced Adventurer

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    The adventure begins when things stop going as planned....

    I don't do much planning so its always an adventure. :evil
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  9. yondering

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    Cool story and good pics. I like the dogs.
    A few tips that might help you on terrain like that:

    - Lose the tank bag. You need to be able to put your body in that space some of the time.
    - Get rid of the gas can on the rack. If you need to carry extra gas, look for a bigger tank, or a way to carry that weight lower down, on the side of the bike.
    - Get some offroad tires. The difference is night and day; they will make you more confident offroad, and you'll be less exhausted at the end of the day.
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  10. Handy

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    To be honest I had no intention of being in terrain like that, I just kept going instead of turning around when it got bad.
    Better tires and lower gearing would have certainly helped a lot, some skill wouldn't have hurt either.
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  12. Handy

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    :stupid

    I guess I left my ham radio in my other pants...
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    :lol3
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  14. DireWolf

    DireWolf Knees in the Breeze

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    I do that all the time.
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  15. One Fat Roach

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    I love the two photos of the retriever... The bottom one with huge smile. So awesome. Glad you got the bike back, it sounded like another adventure going to get it. Lessons learned. And you live to ride another day. I took some notes from this as well :D :freaky
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  16. jackanory

    jackanory I am Jack's wasted life

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    Sounds like me. I will head out for a little spin, one road leads to another and the next thing you know I'm on some singletrack out in the boonies with no tools, no spare tube and only a vague idea of where I might actually be.

    I'm putting together a small kit that has just the essentials that I am going to consider as necessary as my helmet when heading out on the bike even if I'm only planning on going to the store for a lottery ticket because I know how easily sidetracked and distractible I am...
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  17. Kootenai Rider

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    Hmmm... weird.... sounds like every ADVer I've ever met. Like herding cats.
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  18. XR4EVER

    XR4EVER 919 excuses to ride!

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    Type "exhaustion" and "frustration" into a search on Google Images, and I'm pretty sure this image will appear:

    :D
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  19. One Fat Roach

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    I just finished putting one together finally. I feel way more secure about riding now and going out a little further than I normally would. Using an old AAA emergency zipper bag I had in my car. Zip ties, duct tape, tool kit, spark plug, little first aid stuff, mini jumper cables, waterproof matches, two flashlights (small/med size), tire gauge and factory manual.

    You could say this noob has been learning :D
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  20. Kootenai Rider

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    I'd throw in a small roll of safety wire/wire of some sort. That has saved my bacon (or would have in other cases) a few times.

    Add two Motion Pro tire irons, patch kit with fresh glue, and a pump or CO2 filler

    You don't need a tire gauge to get you out of the woods. If its holding air, you're good to go. :evil
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