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I was wondering. I would assume we all use them for hunting/scouting.
Lots of info out there and this group of people are real helpful.

Question to TX_RDXguy:
Why did you turn the Rad basket long side perpendicular to the your bike?
 
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I was wondering. I would assume we all use them for hunting/scouting.
Lots of info out there and this group of people are real helpful.

Question to TX_RDXguy:
Why did you turn the Rad basket long side perpendicular to the your bike?
I'll participate if there is interest. There are more than a few hunters here that have ebikes.

The Rad basket can mount either way up front and on the back. Part of the choice has to do with the size of the racks. The QK rear rack is short and rear edge has an uplift to it.

I mounted it the wide way to have enough width to mount the Koplin grips to carry my xbow. Mounted the other way, it would have put the butt of the bow in close contract to my back. I also felt that if I carry any weight in it, having it centered over the rear axle vs partially overhanging the rear wheel would be more stable.

FWIW, if you use the bike a lot for hunting, having an additional small rack and basket up front for light things would be a good idea.
 

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basket up front for light things would be a good idea.
I have not found a compatible front rack. I am still looking. My headlight is steering head mounted. Not a show stopper just on more thing to work out. My first bike had a light that was not to bright, but this new bike has a good light.
 

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Very timely thread, I am getting an Ebike pretty quickly, by spring for sure. Not specifically for hunting but might have places that it could be used. There are so many options and so much changing from year to year.
Hub drive, mid drive, 500, 750, 1000 watts, fat bike, full suspension, front suspension, rigid....and on and on.
I spent almost 20 years racing mountain and road bikes all over the eastern US and Canada so paid my dues. Now with a couple types of cancer and heart issues from chemotherapy, those little motors are sounding really good.
 

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Glad to hear you are still on the go. We all have a story, don't we? The ebike world changes everything.
those little motors are sounding really good.
It seems there are as many ebike choices as crossbow choices.
In TN, the motor needs to be 750 watts or less to be considered a bike. This allows you to go anywhere a bike is allowed.
I also noticed when I got insurance online, greater than 750 watts were not insurable at this company. That could be an issue.
I have two bikes. Both fat tire. My experience is:
Torque sensing better than cadence. One bike is cadence only, one bike is torque & cadence or cadence only, user choice.
Hydraulic brakes better than mechanical. (I will be adding hydraulics to my bike without them.)
And shocks better than no shocks.
Not all headlights are created equal.
I was surprised how well my bikes ride the edge of ruts in the log roads I travel. (Fat Tires, maybe?)
They are all heavy. I have a receiver hitch rack with a 90 pound limit.
My newer bike is 750 watt, 52 volts. It is a Juiced Ripcurrent S.
I have not yet found one not made in China.
 

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I love my ebike so much I got my wife one for Christmas. These things are just awesome.
I'm very fortunate to have a farm in a very scenic area of my state in the mountain foothills.
We both love to bike and have for many years but the hills up here can definitely be a challenge for a conventional bike.
My hunting buddy and I bought M2S 750 watt fat bikes last year and took them to Illinois with us on a hunting trip. The weather didn't corporate as much as we would have liked but I shot a very nice doe with my R10 on my first ebike hunting excursion. Just used the Ravin soft case with the backpack straps and nothing else.

It's been a genuine pleasure peddling it in hill country back home and I'm amazed at the battery range.
My wife expressed interest but didn't want the 4" fat tires so I got her a RAD city with the step thru frame for Christmas.
That little sucker also has a 750 watt rear wheel motor and she loves it. We rode together about 20 miles through the hills and valleys in the country yesterday when the temp. was a little over 60 degrees and sunny. All I got to say is WOW. She can keep up with me with that little RAD and we just enjoyed the beautiful scenery immensely.

It's so cool to smile at the hills as you hit the throttle to cruise up them. In fact, I had to chuckle when a local guy passed me in his old beat up pickup on a pretty steep hill only to look in his rear mirror and see me on his bumper. The look on his face must have been priceless.
Highly recommend them if you enjoy biking especially if you live in hilly terrain.
 

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I shot a doe on public land carted her out on my rambo cart behind my BigCat FatCat bike. I took it via public road in the WMA to check it in. Check in required on this WMA. I had old and young alike stop me or give me a thumbs up. I pulled in line at the check station and took care of the check in and enjoyed my 2 mi ride back to my truck.
Picture not to glamorous. Land vehicle Vehicle Bicycle accessory Bicycle Tire
But is what it is.
 
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That's really cool dryforkbrady. I can only imagine the look on their faces.
It was a lot easier for me. My hunting buddy was not hunting that afternoon so I just texted him. A few minutes later, I hear the sound of his Polaris Ranger and I knew all would be well. It's so wonderful to be able to share your hunting experiences with a dear friend you've known for a long time.
 

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It's so wonderful to be able to share your hunting experiences with a dear friend you've known for a long time.
I agree so much. My hunting partner of 5 decades has been unable to hunt this year. He is going to end up in the VA home in Murfreesboro. I have talked to him regularly. He is a Vietnam Vet. He is thought to be a victim of agent orange. I will take him out when I can. He was in Nam when I did not want to be. I have asthma and other probs. But I thanked him every year on 11/11. He never showed any ptsd issues. He just worked took care of his family and hunted.
He is slipping away and we can talk about the 70s and 80s, but not last week. I cannot morn him only miss him. We had 55 years planning and anticipating everything from the first doe hunt in TN, 1st turkey hunt in our area, frogging, and catfishing. Life has been good, and a good partner is as sweet as a 16 gauge on a covey rise.
Oh yeah, his son brought him out on this hunt but he just could not take it.
 

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I agree so much. My hunting partner of 5 decades has been unable to hunt this year. He is going to end up in the VA home in Murfreesboro. I have talked to him regularly. He is a Vietnam Vet. He is thought to be a victim of agent orange. I will take him out when I can. He was in Nam when I did not want to be. I have asthma and other probs. But I thanked him every year on 11/11. He never showed any ptsd issues. He just worked took care of his family and hunted.
He is slipping away and we can talk about the 70s and 80s, but not last week. I cannot morn him only miss him. We had 55 years planning and anticipating everything from the first doe hunt in TN, 1st turkey hunt in our area, frogging, and catfishing. Life has been good, and a good partner is as sweet as a 16 gauge on a covey rise.
Oh yeah, his son brought him out on this hunt but he just could not take it.
So so sorry to hear about your dear friend. Such a loss is truly irreplaceable. You just have to cherish all of the wonderful memories and visit as often as you can while you can.
 
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