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Old 01-24-17, 02:21 PM   #1
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do you use your bike as transport for other outdoor activities

I take a bike anytime we camp to sight see and run errands etc. The biggest thing I do is fish from my bikes Small telescopic bream poles for pan fish and cuban yoyo's for catfish , carp or drum I also fish Tenkara , a type of Japanese fly fishing those rods telescope down to 2 foot or less . most of the paths I ride run along rivers or creeks so it fits right in . This is a common set up for me 8 ft rod in a pcv tube roll of 5lb leader material altoids smalls tin with a couple of jigs a few hooks and split shots and a bag of power bait grubs in the side pocket of my trunk bag

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Old 01-24-17, 03:23 PM   #2
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I don't fish, but there is fishing by my office. I see some cyclists ride over to the lake, but your setup is more composed and classy than any I've seen.
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Winter, I have indoor activities
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No, I used my MTB to cruise down to the local high school fireworks show a couple times. That's the only time my MTB sees pavement.

A bike locked to a pole won't last long around here. The thugs will take your packs, your saddle, your bar tape, whatever isn't bolted on and even then......
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Absolutely - swimming, wild camping, boating... all places inaccessible by motor vehicles due to parking restrictions.





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Old 01-24-17, 07:03 PM   #6
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My parish has an adoration chapel where someone has been praying 24x7 for 22 years.

I am a committed adorer and my hour is 10PM to 11PM Sunday night.

Sometimes when the weather is nice I ride the 13 miles to the chapel, pray for my hour and ride the long way home in the quiet and stillness of the night.


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Same as you, Plumberroy, I ride to the fishing pier at our local park from time to time just to get a few panfish. I bought an Emmrod compact rod and reel combo that fits in a backpack.
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I do several longer rides each week of 30 to 60 miles. In between, I use the bike all over town for shopping, post office and library. I seem to ride 20 to 30 miles a week just in town.
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I love fishing but have never biked to it, but now I'm thinking about it

do you ever keep the fish you catch and eat them, and if so what do you transport them in?
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Old 01-27-17, 02:57 PM   #10
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Bird watching. That may not count here though.
I can pack light, just snacks and binoculars. Sometimes a canera or recorder. The "Field guide" is in my phone.
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I'm thinking about rigging up my errand bike for fishing this spring. Haven't fished for awhile and there's a sort-of river alongside the local MUP (more of a tarted up flood control drainage ditch than river). I wouldn't eat anything from there but it'd be fun for ultralight fishing rigs.

My extra outdoor activities usually involve photography. The errand bike can haul various panniers or trunk bags to hold a full camera kit and tripod. On my mountain bike I use a weatherproof handlebar bag and compact camera kit, no tripod.
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Old 01-27-17, 06:45 PM   #12
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Cool use of the two folders.

(My brother-in-law couldn't decide between an electric bike, a folder, and a mountain bike, so he got one which is all three. )
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I have ridden my bike to go play tennis. I rigged up my ebike to haul my golf clubs. I've gone camping and hauled a sleeping bag (tent was already at the site.) I have a few lakes near my home, so I've ridden to the lakes to go swimming.
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I love fishing but have never biked to it, but now I'm thinking about it

do you ever keep the fish you catch and eat them, and if so what do you transport them in?
Not usually I keep yellow perch but where I catch them is not bike friendly . I will keep a couple of fish to cook while camping. I have a friend that is a retired cross country motorcycle racer that has 100 + acres that I camp on that has a nice pond.
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I ride to Tennis. Sometimes after a long day of smacking tennis balls the 8 mile ride home is really long...
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Old 01-28-17, 10:56 AM   #16
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I've been known to ride to the range.
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Bicycles are our primary mode of transport for everything within 2 to 5 miles and that includes outdoor activities. I ride to go x-country skiing in a local park (on my upright omafiets it's easy to carry skis/poles under my right arm), to play football, meet friends to waterski, and other stuff. We often go on picnics on our bikes and I'll ride my bike for local photoshoots. We sometimes spend a few of the colder weeks of winter somewhere warm and near a beach so we'll ride our bikes to the beach for walks and or to hang out for the day (carry chairs & brelly's in a bakfeits).

A neighbor tows his rowing shell behind his bike to a local lake and near another friends home on the coast of Norway there are frequently people carrying surfboards or paddle boards under one arm.
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grocery shopping - a few items at a time.
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Old 01-30-17, 01:49 AM   #19
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I ride my bike to go on bike rides...ride seven miles to a park then ride on the MTB trails. Sometimes we take a picnic with us, sometimes we stop at Bob Evans on the way home.

This time of year I go ice biking. I ride my bike to a lake or river, then ride out onto the ice and go as far as I want to.
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Tennis, grocery shopping, liquor runs, beach.the fitness club. In short pretty much ride to anything within five miles.
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Old 01-31-17, 04:31 AM   #21
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I use my car about 1500 miles a year, so yes.

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I bike to the trailhead for some hikes, securing it or at least hiding it until I get back. Also biking and birding go well together. Oh, and I ride back and forth to the gym.
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Old 02-07-17, 09:33 AM   #23
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I and a lady friend once rode our bikes to a secluded spot and ended up making out.


And I do unsupported touring with camping, so I guess that counts.


I have ridden to things like hikes and pro football and baseball games.
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Old 02-07-17, 11:00 AM   #24
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I ride as often as I can. In the Finger Lakes of NY in winter we often have little snow. Such as right now. So I rode two weekends ago and I rode this past weekend. This past weekend was about 29 degrees F and windy but it was sunny so it was fantastic riding! I ride for fun and for sanity. Plus I like the aesthetics of the bicycle and enjoy riding to a cafe, going in for a hot tea or coffee, and sitting at one of their indoor or outdoor tables and admiring the look of my bike (and girlfriend's bike that I bought her) parked against a pole or wall and looking like fine art.

So, I guess you could say I use it as an expression of "art".

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Old 02-07-17, 12:10 PM   #25
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I don't anymore. Ironically, after I made the transition from a lifelong "utility cyclist" to a bona fide "recreational enthusiast" I stopped doing all those "utility" things that I'd done for the previous 40-something years.

Admittedly part of that has to do with me selling off my hybrid bike (with the rack & panniers that was ideal for running errands) once I bought my first really good road bike. And it also almost corresponds with my move back to NYC, where the logistics of bike security take on a whole 'nother level of kilotonnage.

But I mostly lost interest in using the bike as a form of pure transportation, because I'd discovered the bike as a form of pure enjoyment, and I didn't want to possibly sully that.
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