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    Someone have a portable shovel?

    I'd like to get one.

    Yesterday, as I was riding at St. Joes, the bottom area really bothered me. It is a huge mess in an otherwise dry trail. The reason is the hill puts out a lot of water in one section and the drainage that was cut is worn down and clogged. It is a constant stream of water and it will go on for at least a month. The trail will not dry out for a while.

    I dug it out a bit with a stick and redirected it. I really need a small shovel though so the work will stay put.

    There's three other spots on the trail where the drain on the side got silted over and the water would run all over the trail. Perfect opportunity to help I think.

    Anyway, check with your local authorities before helping out. But all I'm saying is help clear existing drains already. This will help the trail dry out so much quicker. Don't be building new stunts and jumps now.

    So a light shovel and saw will be cool I think. And a mountain lion knife.......

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    Portable or folding shovels SUCK. I use a full size shovel and strap it to the top tube.

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    paging jeffh. cheap portable ones from home depot suck. others not so much. or so I hear. I depend on others to bring full size ones for me to borrow.

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    How about an ski backcountry shovel? They're portable, fit in a backpack, lightweight for a shovel and are designed to be rugged

    Examples:
    http://www.backcountry.com/store/group/84/Shovels.html

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    Get a regular shovel, cut the handle in 2 or 3 places and install those thingies they use to make bike frames take apart-able.
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    You need to file and EIR and get a permit. Outlaw biker!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by krazymad
    How about an ski backcountry shovel? They're portable, fit in a backpack, lightweight for a shovel and are designed to be rugged

    Examples:
    http://www.backcountry.com/store/group/84/Shovels.html
    I was thinking the same thing...

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    Moots said they'll make me one. I'm still deciding between them and Black Sheep. It' difficult to make a choice really until I get to test use it. Experiences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Moots said they'll make me one. I'm still deciding between them and Black Sheep. It' difficult to make a choice really until I get to test use it. Experiences?

    fc
    psshhh...I'd go Jones if I were you. I hear they have amazing "ride" quality. They feel like a FS shovel. I think his shovels run about 3 Trillion dollars...totally worth it though.

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    I have this image of Francois

    confronted by a ranger while Francois is holding a stick without an EIR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike
    confronted by a ranger while Francois is holding a stick without an EIR.
    I will be in street clothes, totally incognito. So my fine will be $3 instead of $300.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Hungus
    psshhh...I'd go Jones if I were you. I hear they have amazing "ride" quality. They feel like a FS shovel. I think his shovels run about 3 Trillion dollars...totally worth it though.
    Arggh, you just made my research a lot more difficult. I think I want Ti but the new steels are quite good I hear. Straight or sloping top tube. Maybe S bend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoney22
    I was thinking the same thing...
    Snow shovel blades are not made for "digging." The thin rigid blade "cuts" the snow, but would never penetrate soil. While they are strong, they would never handle actual trail use.

    I'd carry a Hazel hoe, or Pulaski instead.
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    Nice work!

    I have made similar water channels using my front tire. Stand next to the bike, hold the front brake to lock the wheel, and sweep sideways, or drag backwards, or wiggle the bars while pressing down...etc. You can move a good amount of mud with a knobby tire; it's always with you (hopefully) and you're not in possession of a trail working tool.

    Detachable fenders also work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Moots said they'll make me one. I'm still deciding between them and Black Sheep. It' difficult to make a choice really until I get to test use it. Experiences?

    fc
    They're both hacks at making good Ti folding shovels. Jones is where it's at.

    Good on you FC taking the time to do that.

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    The Russian made ones are the best, then the Czechs.

    Or here.
    http://store.colemans.com/cart/entre...l?currency=USD
    likely made in china and laced with both melamine and lead.

    Jeffh has one that looks a lot like this one.
    He's fond of all things German, especially schnitzel.

    http://go-armynavy.com/index.php/vmc...with-case.html

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    Is there an LG ordinance about using explosives within a 1 mile radius of Southern Kitchen?

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    [Edit: Snowsquatch beat me to it, what he said...]

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    Francis: they will ticket you for working on the trails, in bike clothes or otherwise. If you want, PM me and I'll get you the person you need to talk to about this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes
    Francis: they will ticket you for working on the trails, in bike clothes or otherwise. If you want, PM me and I'll get you the person you need to talk to about this.
    Sure, pm me the contact info or post it up here if it's not secret. I'm sure others can benefit.

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    fc.. quick edit all your posts in this thread to "I was riding, and someone else dug this drain..."

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    German Folding Shovel

    These are by far the best folding shovels I've ever used. Yes they are heavy but they are strong and work incredibly well. I've only ever seen one handle break and that was after several years of heavy use.

    Edit: I see Rensho beat me the the punch.
    Last edited by NorKal; 12-29-2010 at 10:30 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch
    Snow shovel blades are not made for "digging." The thin rigid blade "cuts" the snow, but would never penetrate soil. While they are strong, they would never handle actual trail use.

    I'd carry a Hazel hoe, or Pulaski instead.
    The blades of backcountry snow shovels are aluminum. One short trail session & your expensive snow shovel will be toast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khemical
    These are by far the best folding shovels I've ever used. Yes they are heavy but they are strong and work incredibly well. I've only ever seen one handle break and that was after several years of heavy use.

    Edit: I see Rensho beat me the the punch.
    I second this. Get one at your local surplus store. I have done a bunch of trail maintenance with mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baycat
    Is there an LG ordinance about using explosives within a 1 mile radius of Southern Kitchen?
    Southern Kitchen?

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