inflatable tubes for river crossings

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by soul_adventurer, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. soul_adventurer

    soul_adventurer grin and bear it

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    im searching for inflatable river tubes to carry the bike across deep water crossings. ive seen them in use in a motosyberia.com picture on another part of the forum. basically it looks like a small raft comprised of 3 separate chambers which when inflated, carries the bike high and dry (on its side).
    i trying to locate a supplier or any other information about them but not having any luck at present.
    can anyone assist?
    bernadette[​IMG]
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  2. ssevy

    ssevy retired and riding the backroads

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    These folks make a great product, and you may be able to use one of their existing designs for your purpose (and have the bonus of using it as intended for yourself when you want), or perhaps they would do a custom design for you? Just tossing this out in case you can't find the other system you mentioned.(maybe military in origin?)
    http://www.alpackaraft.com/
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  3. Sparrowhawk

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    You could try working with a local fly fishing or whitewater rafting supply outlet. Some of the float tubes and catarafts are made to be light and portable enough to backpack with. You might be able to get just the tubes for a deal.

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  4. Thinc2

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    Guess you would have to wait for the engine to cool down before putting it on the rubber tubes...
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  5. KZDon

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    Well, let's see. Arrive at big honkin' river on bike with hot engine - stop bike - get off bike - remove helmet - talk about the river with riding buddies... 5 minutes of bike cooling complete - inflate big tube raft things ...bike's really cold now...probably okay to go on the raft thing now. :D
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  6. soul_adventurer

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    er guys....yes...of course you dont want to burn a hole in the inflatables so a cold bike is preferrable. thought that was obvious to all....
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  7. gbmaz

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    Check out Jack's Plastic Welding in Aztec, NM - http://www.jpwinc.com

    I am pretty sure they manufacture the Alpacka rafts as well as all sorts of their own products. And they build all sorts of custom stuff for government and industry.
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    either buy some thing off the shelf or...go to a local inflatable boat service/repair/inspection station and have 'em make something for this use. these sorta places are usually found near comml. fishing ports. they will probably already have a few oddball tubes canablized from other inflatables . if it's a one time use, a cheap inflatable is as easy as it gets. has anyone told you about letting the bike cool down?
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    you can always just lie the bike on both side 1 minute each on the banks of the river to facilitate a fast cool down!:D
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  11. 2 SPOT

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    how do you get yourself across the river if it too deep to push a bike across?
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  12. soul_adventurer

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    um yes i have thought about letting the bike cool down first. common sense fact #1.:D
    and if its deep deep water then i would swim with my bike to get to the other side. common sense fact#2.
    thanks for the info people. much appreciated.:D
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  13. fatboy

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    Truck tire tubes. Simple and available. Make sure you practice. Use a throw bag to get line across. Make sure it will swing bike to a spot on opposite shore where you can get it back on dry land. Looks easy enough.
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  14. soul_adventurer

    soul_adventurer grin and bear it

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    surferbum, thanks for the link to the ride report and the guys that make the pontoons.
    the ride reoport is something else. those guys did the best ever ride i reckon!
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    huh, guess i dont have any common sense cause if i HAD to i would swim across with a rope in my mouth then pull the floating bike across the river.
    and even less common sense would put two or more guys on a ride that would lead you into a situation like that, and at that point one guy could swim across with the rope, then the two or more of you would trolly the floating bikes across one at a time with better control and dumb stuff like that.

    if i had more common sense i woulda thought of trying to one hand swim a floating bike accross a moving river and not asked such a silly question.

    thanks for clearing it up for me:evil
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  16. soul_adventurer

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    hey 2 spot
    look i dont mind your input and well really, its not rocket science about floating a bike across a river. so if you were having a go at me, then thats ok too because its all water off a ducks back so far as im concerned. and yeah well, there really are some dumb people around...
    but if i did have the smarts, i would have organised a couple of big beefy guys to do the ride with so they could carry my bike across the difficult crossings...:evil:D
    outside of the biking realm im a sailor and kayaker.so im used to all things water.
    bernadette

    i also read the ride report fo rthe 2 guys doing the syberian ride. their "doom machine" (aka bike floats)as they call it was tailor made to do the required job.so at least i have that sorted out.
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    hey bud,, my second reply was just having a go at ya for fun based on the common sense comment, but my first Q was serious.

    just wondering the plan, floating a bike is one thing, floating it accross deep water thats moving is another. i dont ever plan on floating my bike across a river cause, well, i dont bring floats with me, so, i was mostly curious to what else one would do to be prepared for that cause it seems like it is more involved than just swim it across.

    cheers
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  18. L.B.S.

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    First, I think the idea is badass, those floaty things with a bike strapped to them look so cool :lol3 and the romantic in me has ultimate adventure visions of treking through the untamed wilderness with an extremely self sufficient kit ready to tackle anything, dancing in my head.

    The realist part of me is curious, though.

    -Is there going to be a group of people doing this? It may be a little daunting to be alone attempting such an endeavor...

    -if one (or more) peeps are finding the for sure need to cross an unpassable river/s, one would imagine they were fairly far away from civilization, yes? So, that would mean they would pretty much need to be well packed for a distance required trip, which in turn, would mean packed up with tents, gear, food, tools, parts, etc., etc.?

    I pack with me an air matress of "twin" sized dimensions for my camping trips. It does fold up pretty compact, but it's obviously pretty thin on the pvc thickness, and very fragile. It weighs a ton, for all it's compacted dimensions!

    How on earth would you pack a fairly large, and presumably quite heavy at this stage, air bladder/s on an already packed up dualsport bike?

    Some poor bastard in the group gets stuck with two sets of sleeping bags, tents, gear, food, tools, rope, air pump, and one guy carries just the floaty thing? :rofl

    Please please don't take my questions as a poke, or with any snide or ill intent, I am absolutely being respectful of the wish to do this-like I said, I think it's awesome :D The fascinated and how does that work? part of me is just uber curious!
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  19. soul_adventurer

    soul_adventurer grin and bear it

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    hey guys

    all valid questions but the thing is im probably going to be riding solo so i need to be as self sufficent as possible. if i had a couple of blokes riding with me then none of this would be required. i havent even been able to locate the desired pntoons yet and if i cant then i wont be taking them!!!!
    pontoons of the type im after will pack down small enough to be worthwhile taking.
    as i said, ive got a lot of expereince in fresh and salt water and off shore sailing and offshore ocean kayaking. all singlehanded stuff. river work is likewise a piece of cake. i cant swim if there are crocs but crossing a fast flowing river just needs a plan to be worked on before going in. i wont go into details here. up north most of the rivers that needs crossing arent fast flowing in the sense that you will get swept downstream. as i say, the crocs are a bigger danger!
    i am the type of person that will take on just about everything. if i had to lower my bike down a cliff face to keep riding then i would bring my ropes and climbing gear etc.
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