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    New question here. solo night riding preparations

    I like riding solo at night in the canyons where AT&T cell phone coverage does not exists.
    I use both a bar and a helmet LED light. The scariest aspects are when the wind pick up and I hear the trees creeking...which makes me pedal faster to get out of that area.
    Other than that, I'm shopping a light-weight fixed-knife with sheath that will retain the blade on a crash yet also can be accessed rapidly: Got any suggestions?

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    I don't really have any brand suggestions, but I am curious where you were looking to keep it. On your waist? Strapped to your leg? Some other way altogether?

    I don't think I'd be comfortable having one on my waist, even in a good sheath. That still leaves one end sort of dangling out there.

    If I were to carry one, I think I'd feel safest with it strapped to my leg. Leg straps usually have 2 straps, so both ends of the knife are secure (not free to dangle or move around). So no matter how you crashed, you'd never have to fear falling on it.

    Anyway, knowing how you intend to carry it may narrow down the suggestions you get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fightnut View Post
    I don't really have any brand suggestions, but I am curious where you were looking to keep it. On your waist? Strapped to your leg? Some other way altogether?

    I don't think I'd be comfortable having one on my waist, even in a good sheath. That still leaves one end sort of dangling out there.

    If I were to carry one, I think I'd feel safest with it strapped to my leg. Leg straps usually have 2 straps, so both ends of the knife are secure (not free to dangle or move around). So no matter how you crashed, you'd never have to fear falling on it.

    Anyway, knowing how you intend to carry it may narrow down the suggestions you get.
    I used to carry my Benchmade 710d2 Axis-lock folder in a leather sheath looped into my bike 3/4 pants, on strong side towards the rear.

    so I'd try the same, but I might get a cobbler to create a custom shealth
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    Best idea I have seen is a mini dive knife. They come with a hard sheath where you need press a button (with your same thumb) to release the knife. Usually attached to a camelback front strap.

    Something like this:
    Amazon.com: Promate Point Tip Scuba Dive BC Knife (3" Blade): Sports & Outdoors

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailNut View Post
    I like riding solo at night in the canyons where AT&T cell phone coverage does not exists.
    I use both a bar and a helmet LED light. The scariest aspects are when the wind pick up and I hear the trees creeking...which makes me pedal faster to get out of that area.
    Other than that, I'm shopping a light-weight fixed-knife with sheath that will retain the blade on a crash yet also can be accessed rapidly: Got any suggestions?

    please keep your comments towards something useful, non-judgemental.
    Not that I've ever considered carrying a knife but I'm curious; What are you attempting to protect yourself from....mountain Lion, bear, coyotes, ...etc. ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do View Post
    Not that I've ever considered carrying a knife but I'm curious; What are you attempting to protect yourself from....mountain Lion, bear, coyotes, ...etc. ?
    I carry a small knife on every night ride. The trails I usually right at night are outside of a very low income area and is infamous for bums living in the woods. You never know... luckily I have never any reason to pull it out, but I'd hate to not have it on the night that I need it...

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    I carry a folding gerber knife in my back pocket. The scariest things I have come across on the trails at night are people. I have seen people on trails at night maybe 3 or 4 times. I'm guessing they were doing something involving sex or drugs or both. I don't want to judge but I do these things at my house usually. Every time I rode by without incident, but I was happy to have the knife.

    Mountain lions aren't a very realistic threat however they still make me think twice. People say a knife won't help against a lion, but this isn't exactly true. There are many stories where people fight off mountain lions. There was a recent attack were some guy defended himself with a sleeping bag. I can also recall a story where a guy killed a mountain lion with a frying pan. Every attack is unique, so if you're pounced on unaware you're probably screwed but you may end up being happy you brought that knife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qdave View Post
    Best idea I have seen is a mini dive knife. They come with a hard sheath where you need press a button (with your same thumb) to release the knife. Usually attached to a camelback front strap.

    Something like this:
    Amazon.com: Promate Point Tip Scuba Dive BC Knife (3" Blade): Sports & Outdoors
    ahhh thanks, your suggestion lead me to consider this now:
    Amazon.com: U.S. Divers Titanium 5-Inch Diving Knife: Sports & Outdoors

    ...thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do View Post
    Not that I've ever considered carrying a knife but I'm curious; What are you attempting to protect yourself from....mountain Lion, bear, coyotes, ...etc. ?
    felons and predators, including that mountain lion we saw in the Wildcat Canyon Park, in twilight, that sent cool chills down my neck...and my buddy visiting from Alaska said the same. That was awesome.

    On another night ride, my dog, a Chesapeake Bay, that wondered up hill about ten yards ahead, outside my LED light range, suddenly yiped loudly and took off running back to me. I was thinking, if a predator jumped my dog, I'd prefer to sort that out with a steely option in addition to my loving kindness attitude...know what i mean.
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    I know of or heard of folks, both male and female, that have defended self and others with a knife or sharp stick vs. mt. lion. Not everyone's a wimp in our modern "Age of Cowards," to quote late Col. Jeff Cooper (R.I.P.).

    if you are not already dead and can move then you can do something useful...
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    I'd opt for a folding knife, but with thumb studs so that it can be opened easily. If you practice with it a dozen times, it's almost as fast as a fixed blade. I would be more concerned about even a sheathed knife coming out on a crash and then cutting/impaling myself on it.

    I'm partial to Gerber knives as I've never been let down. This one has a 3.6" blade, rubber grip, finger grooves...exactly what you want if you need to be punching it into something. Light too, and folds up to about 4" long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailNut View Post
    ahhh thanks, your suggestion lead me to consider this now:
    [link Amazon .com: U.S. Divers Titanium 5-Inch Diving Knife: Sports & Outdoors[/url]

    ...thanks
    Hello,

    I've been lurking around learning all I can about LED lights in this forum for the past couple weeks. But it was this post that I felt obligated to create a user name and chime in. The knife you indicate in your link is a great knife. I have used it (stainless version) as a dive knife for the past 10 years. I think that it might not be best suited for your needs however. The way is fits into it's sheath it by a plastic latch that engages with the handle and it tends to rattle a little within the sheath. I imagine that if I were to strap it to my body and head down the trail I would go insane. that knife if perfect for diving, but might not be ideal for MTB. I would have to second the folding knife option, but if you must go with a fixed blade maybe take a look at a SOG seal pup elite, or their mini pentagon. Another option might be to take a look at knives made by ESEE, like his ESSE 3. Hope this input helps.

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    My 2 cents. IMO nothing beats a very bright light on the helmet. I am sure you'll agree we can't fight what we can't see. You are in a better position of control, unless he's got a gun. The knife would probably scare off vagrants unless he's got a bigger one, and it'd be a very close combat if you had to use a knife against animals.

    With these scenarios, isn't it a better idea to use a Taser or torch fitted a 5MV stun gun? I'd prefer this stun gun baton though. Linked the more expensive and possibly reliable ones because it's not the time to go cheap on things that could save your life.
    Has an animal like a mountain lion or bear ever been taser-ed?

    If you have to go with knives, storage safety and quick release is paramount. A lockable sheathed knife can be secured to the rails under the saddle or the seat tube - matter of bending up some brackets. Foldable knives are still a better and safer option. For tasers and stun guns best to secure them to where the drink bottle cage usually goes.

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    Been riding solo night rides for 10 years mostly in SoCal mountain lion country. I currently ride in the desert south of Phoenix at night and love it. Seen every kind of critter, including mountain lion. Most of my sightings occur at dusk before the lights go on. Used to carry a knife but I put that away years ago. Not very likely to be attacked by anything out there. Bikes are noisy and the addition of a bright light scares the S*** out of everything anyway. Your most serious concern is being injured while riding and unable to phone for help. Letting people know where you are going and what time you're expected back is VERY important. Take the right tools/spares and supplies to manage equipment failures and you'll be fine. In the 10 years of riding I have only had one mechanical. Preparation is key to enjoying yourself and you'll ride with more confidence.

    It's a kick solo night riding. It keeps my senses sharp.

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    I would stay away from titanium as a blade material, unless you absolutely must have a corrosion resistant blade. A good steel (stainless or otherwise) sharpens easier and holds it's edge just fine. If weight is your concern, DAJO makes a nice knife, but the sheath is rubbish...buy one that suits your needs.

    Think about investing in a gps unit of some sort with an emergency 911 feature. As some of the others have said, you are more likely to be screwed by being injured, and the knife is unlikely to help you there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by extremebikeguy View Post
    if you must go with a fixed blade maybe take a look at a SOG seal pup elite.
    X2 on the SOG Seal Pup with the Kydex sheath. I've used one for years and had it fixed to my shoulder strap for many rides with no issues of it loosening or falling out. You can probably find an older "New Old Stock" online at a good price. I would caution you about the specific Kydex sheath model KYD-E37 though. That rope cutting groove in the sheath will accidentally slice backpack straps too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by il2mb View Post
    Been riding solo night rides for 10 years mostly in SoCal mountain lion country. I currently ride in the desert south of Phoenix at night and love it. Seen every kind of critter, including mountain lion. Most of my sightings occur at dusk before the lights go on. Used to carry a knife but I put that away years ago. Not very likely to be attacked by anything out there. Bikes are noisy and the addition of a bright light scares the S*** out of everything anyway. Your most serious concern is being injured while riding and unable to phone for help. Letting people know where you are going and what time you're expected back is VERY important. Take the right tools/spares and supplies to manage equipment failures and you'll be fine. In the 10 years of riding I have only had one mechanical. Preparation is key to enjoying yourself and you'll ride with more confidence.

    It's a kick solo night riding. It keeps my senses sharp.
    what he said.

    I've got a degree in wildlife biology (wolves) and the scariest thing out there is yourself. Prep well, be smart. Your best protection is your brain, especially when all else fails.

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    This discussion is most interesting. I pretty much agree with il2mb. Not that I have anything against knifes but if I were to carry one it would be mostly for utility purposes.

    I don't often ride in remote mountainous areas but when I do the thing I fear most is rattlesnakes. Snakes are not always easy to see, particularly at night. Snakes love trails because they can be a good place to hunt prey. I've seen rattlesnakes fully stretched out laying across a trail just laying there soaking up the sun. Real easy just to run right over one doing that as they look a lot like a stick. Now if I had some thigh-high snake gaiters then I would be more relaxed. So far I've had three encounters ( daytime ) with rattlesnakes in the mountains and I really don't ride mountains that often. Each time was in the day and I saw them well before I got close enough for one to strike.

    Bears ( black bear ) when spotted are usually very timid and usually turn and run as soon as they sense a human. ( Now if you spot a bear and it doesn't move away when it see's you...Bells and whistles should go off in your head. Luckily I don't ride in areas where bears are common place. Snakes on the other hand......are more common place. Usually not a problem if you see them in time but there in lies the problem. You don't always see them.

    Encounters with strange people don't worry me so much particularly at night. Most people are completely spooked by someone riding a bike at night with bright lights. Last thing they want to do is mess with someone who they really can't see well ( because of the bright lights ). As far as they know, you could be the police. I think the only situation that might worry me with an encounter with someone strange would be if if I was dealing with a small group of youths ( say three against one ). That's because sometimes kids can be brave when with their buds and therefore causing the stupidity/danger factor to rise a bit. In a situation like that its probably better to just bug out if you can. If you try to draw a knife who's to say one of these punks isn't carrying a gun ( and stupid enough to use it ).

    Of course as has been already said, sometimes we are our own worse enemy. Likely the most probably thing to happen to you while on a ride is having a bad accident. If you normally ride alone you have to be aware of your surroundings and ride with caution.

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    why not save for a personal locator beacon instead of a knive?

    You might get attacked by an animal, chance is what? 1/1000 000 000???
    And even if you succeed in wounding and chasing away your the culprit, big chance you are left wounded and in shock without help. By the time people realise you are missing you might be in big problems and they have to start looking for you!

    Criminals? They will see you coming from miles away and hide and if they are really bold they'l just shoot you from a distance, no real help from a knive I'd say, but if you still manage to push the emergency button after being shot, you might stand a chance!

    Anyway, if you are so "prepared" (read as paranoid) that you grasp hold of a weapon to defend yourself in time to do so, the chance of hurting yourself or someone dear to you will be much bigger than the chance that you are actually attacked!

    I would consider buying a beacon if I would ride often in areas without cellphone coverage, a nasty fall is enough to get you into serious troubles, on a cold night even a stupid technical problem might turn a long fun bikeride into a dangerously long survivalhike!

    I do carry a leatherman during most of my solo rides. Well hidden in a pouch in my jerseypocket.
    It has 2 blades, mostly used to cut dried meat, it has a pliers, nice to be able to unscrew a tubeless valve or cut a wire tangled in the wheel,...
    It has inbus keys, torx keys, a file, a saw,.. nice to have, certainly if you realise you lost your multitool on the way, or if you realise the multitool doesn't have a torx keys but your bike does,...

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    Criminals? They will see you coming from miles away and hide and if they are really bold they'l just shoot you from a distance, no real help from a knive I'd say, but if you still manage to push the emergency button after being shot, you might stand a chance!

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    These aren't criminals like in the movies who lie in wait to ambush a trail user, but rather people who are doing shady things in the woods at night. Its more of a surprise for both parties which could cause someone to react badly. Most likely that's going to be the person in the woods to do shady stuff as opposed to someone in the woods to exercise.

    You make it sound like carrying a knife for many reasons including protection is some kind of self destructive paranoia with a huge potential for disaster. Its just a knife. Cub scouts carry them. Its not like were riding around the woods looking to knife people...

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    Quote Originally Posted by derekbob View Post
    These aren't criminals like in the movies who lie in wait to ambush a trail user, but rather people who are doing shady things in the woods at night. Its more of a surprise for both parties which could cause someone to react badly. Most likely that's going to be the person in the woods to do shady stuff as opposed to someone in the woods to exercise.

    You make it sound like carrying a knife for many reasons including protection is some kind of self destructive paranoia with a huge potential for disaster. Its just a knife. Cub scouts carry them. Its not like were riding around the woods looking to knife people...
    So, With a few thousand lumen of light you are blinding the couple on its way to "the causy spot", irritated the guy reaches for his extreme bright torch to let you now you are blinding them. Now he notices the dive knive strapped on your leg which makes you look rather shady.


    The young boy, eager to protect and impress his new girlfriend might already have grasped his scoutingknive or taser or whatever weapon he's taken to protect him from wild animals and shady guys, you see him take his knive or whatever and decide it's time to grasp yours, the girl takes her pepperspray out of her handbag as she sees you grasping for your knive,...

    As you probably didn't have real training with the weapon, you didn't realise you should' ve stopped before taking the knive out, now, one of the best case scenario is something like: you took the knive while you were trying to stop with one hand, you loose the knive and a crash into a tree or something, the girl who didn't receive training either is spraying around in pannick so the three of you are blinded, and as she runs away she stumbles and sprains her ankle avoiding her to run away to far, and the cup scout keeps rather cool and doesn't do anything stupid. with some luck he uses his flashlight to send an emergency signal into the air, picked up by someone so you are all recovered and you get out of prison in a reasonable amount of time.

    If you had received weapon training, and you ended up using the knive it would be a lot longer in prison.

    But, if you had received weapon training, you wouldn't be mountainbiking with a dive knive strapped on your leg

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    Ya know you could of said Pepper spray makes a good defensive weapon and saved some time...

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    Cat, You didn't bother reading it uh?

    The girl (probably spraying against the wind) blinded herself as much as her oponent


    What I meant to say was: Leave weapons at home, go to some martial art course if you feel insecure Or start watching other movies

    And, in the- smaller than winning the jackpot- chance you are attacked by wildlife in a canyon, the black belt will be helpful to effectively use a knive against a wild animal that has the guts to attack a human, but a stone or a stick might be a more effective weapon if you know how to handle it!

    I wander, if you fear a wildlife attack while mountainbiking, you must be a prepper?!
    do you believe that the world is going to end in 22 days??? anyone??

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    I'll still always have a knife with me. Again, I have never had to use it for other than utility purposes, but if the day comes where some whack-job KY hillbilly comes chasing me, I'll be in somewhat of a better position than I would be without a knife. Just personal preference.

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    I have been riding with these for years, granted it takes some time to dismantle the seats and you have to use a tandem all the time, but hey, no one messes with me.

    Seriously, when I was in the States I really wished I had some of that bear spray mace , we saw bears everywhere and then "slept" in a tent with our food tied on ropes between trees, I did not sleep much at all. That stuff must be pretty good against bad guys too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nothing's impossible View Post
    why not save for a personal locator beacon instead of a knive?

    You might get attacked by an animal, chance is what? 1/1000 000 000???
    And even if you succeed in wounding and chasing away your the culprit, big chance you are left wounded and in shock without help. By the time people realise you are missing you might be in big problems and they have to start looking for you!

    Criminals? They will see you coming from miles away and hide and if they are really bold they'l just shoot you from a distance, no real help from a knive I'd say, but if you still manage to push the emergency button after being shot, you might stand a chance!

    Anyway, if you are so "prepared" (read as paranoid) that you grasp hold of a weapon to defend yourself in time to do so, the chance of hurting yourself or someone dear to you will be much bigger than the chance that you are actually attacked!

    I would consider buying a beacon if I would ride often in areas without cellphone coverage, a nasty fall is enough to get you into serious troubles, on a cold night even a stupid technical problem might turn a long fun bikeride into a dangerously long survivalhike!

    I do carry a leatherman during most of my solo rides. Well hidden in a pouch in my jerseypocket.
    It has 2 blades, mostly used to cut dried meat, it has a pliers, nice to be able to unscrew a tubeless valve or cut a wire tangled in the wheel,...
    It has inbus keys, torx keys, a file, a saw,.. nice to have, certainly if you realise you lost your multitool on the way, or if you realise the multitool doesn't have a torx keys but your bike does,...
    i do not agree with many of your assumptions, but thank you kindly for your input.

    ...always be appropriately prepared (to help others) and be happy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nothing's impossible View Post


    So, With a few thousand lumen of light you are blinding the couple on its way to "the causy spot", irritated the guy reaches for his extreme bright torch to let you now you are blinding them. Now he notices the dive knive strapped on your leg which makes you look rather shady.


    The young boy, eager to protect and impress his new girlfriend might already have grasped his scoutingknive or taser or whatever weapon he's taken to protect him from wild animals and shady guys, you see him take his knive or whatever and decide it's time to grasp yours, the girl takes her pepperspray out of her handbag as she sees you grasping for your knive,...

    As you probably didn't have real training with the weapon, you didn't realise you should' ve stopped before taking the knive out, now, one of the best case scenario is something like: you took the knive while you were trying to stop with one hand, you loose the knive and a crash into a tree or something, the girl who didn't receive training either is spraying around in pannick so the three of you are blinded, and as she runs away she stumbles and sprains her ankle avoiding her to run away to far, and the cup scout keeps rather cool and doesn't do anything stupid. with some luck he uses his flashlight to send an emergency signal into the air, picked up by someone so you are all recovered and you get out of prison in a reasonable amount of time.

    If you had received weapon training, and you ended up using the knive it would be a lot longer in prison.

    But, if you had received weapon training, you wouldn't be mountainbiking with a dive knive strapped on your leg
    to have it strapped to leg would not be discreet, as I would not want to make anyone uncomfortable: there's a balance between discreet and legally compliant.

    back to topic: for urban use a folders' fine, but for an excursion in the woods at night i prefer a discreet and secured fixed blade of minimal weight, say under 8 ounces.

    I have training, by the way, ...to not fight, if that's is right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Freediver View Post
    I have been riding with these for years, granted it takes some time to dismantle the seats and you have to use a tandem all the time, but hey, no one messes with me.

    Seriously, when I was in the States I really wished I had some of that bear spray mace , we saw bears everywhere and then "slept" in a tent with our food tied on ropes between trees, I did not sleep much at all. That stuff must be pretty good against bad guys too?
    funny post, thanks.

    actually, a CA cop told me that possession of nunchucks can warrant a felony weapons charge as that's considered an "offensive" weapon while a pistol would be a mere misdemeanor, but a visible knife's legal. your experiences may vary.

    when we go backpacking, we bring our dog in the tent and hang up the food or secure in a container, downwind, among other precautions.

    maybe I'll join that night riding MTB group again, but I like picking my own schedule...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nothing's impossible View Post


    So, With a few thousand lumen of light you are blinding the couple on its way to "the causy spot", irritated the guy reaches for his extreme bright torch to let you now you are blinding them. Now he notices the dive knive strapped on your leg which makes you look rather shady.


    The young boy, eager to protect and impress his new girlfriend might already have grasped his scoutingknive or taser or whatever weapon he's taken to protect him from wild animals and shady guys, you see him take his knive or whatever and decide it's time to grasp yours, the girl takes her pepperspray out of her handbag as she sees you grasping for your knive,...

    As you probably didn't have real training with the weapon, you didn't realise you should' ve stopped before taking the knive out, now, one of the best case scenario is something like: you took the knive while you were trying to stop with one hand, you loose the knive and a crash into a tree or something, the girl who didn't receive training either is spraying around in pannick so the three of you are blinded, and as she runs away she stumbles and sprains her ankle avoiding her to run away to far, and the cup scout keeps rather cool and doesn't do anything stupid. with some luck he uses his flashlight to send an emergency signal into the air, picked up by someone so you are all recovered and you get out of prison in a reasonable amount of time.

    If you had received weapon training, and you ended up using the knive it would be a lot longer in prison.

    But, if you had received weapon training, you wouldn't be mountainbiking with a dive knive strapped on your leg
    I'm starting to think you're a troll, but I'll give it a go anyways.

    If you had read anything I typed you would know I carry a folding gerber knife in my back pocket. So that kills your whole crazy scenario, which is about as likely as getting attacked by a mountain lion, which I also said is not any realistic danger.

    If it bothers you people carry knives it must really bother you that people drive cars, because they are much more dangerous and require more responsibility.

    Don't let reality get in the way of your soap opera quality imagination though.

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    Trailnut, i can imagine a lot of stuff that I would rather carry than a fixed blade knive.

    If you believe that it is useful to carry one, go ahead, as I told before, the chance that you ever will use it for self defence is rather small, but it makes a cool toothpick ;-)

    The chance that you succeed in protecting yourself with a knife in case of an unexpected attack???

    Go volunteer as a bad guy for K9 training, even well trained pro's are bitten at least 3 times before they can "stab" the dog. and that are expected attacks, with the knive in the hand, not unecpected attacks while riding your bike with the knife well secured in a cover!

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    Cat, You didn't bother reading it uh?

    The girl (probably spraying against the wind) blinded herself as much as her oponent
    Actually I was just pointing out that pepper spray ( used with common sense ) can be a very good deterrent and a very good ( non-lethal ) defensive weapon. If you doubt this just ask a police person. ( yeah, on a windy day might not be the best thing to use )

    Anyway, just the other day I was walking through REI and noticed they have the bear spray. I really don't know if it works but I'd feel better having it than not having it if I were in bear country. Some of that with some "bear bangers" ( those loud noise makers that sound like a shotgun going off ) and I'm good.

    Not to mention the spray could be used against a vicious dog or nut-job person who was threatening you. I also forgot to mention that using your bike as a shield also can work as a last minute defense. Don't know how well it would work against a bear but against a smaller animal like a dog can be very intimidating.

    As far as knifes go, if something was chewing on my arm or leg I'd feel better knowing I had a fighting chance if I had a knife on my person ( or already in my hand ). Don't think I'd use it against a human though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nothing's impossible View Post
    Trailnut, i can imagine a lot of stuff that I would rather carry than a fixed blade knive.

    If you believe that it is useful to carry one, go ahead, as I told before, the chance that you ever will use it for self defence is rather small, but it makes a cool toothpick ;-)

    The chance that you succeed in protecting yourself with a knife in case of an unexpected attack???

    Go volunteer as a bad guy for K9 training, even well trained pro's are bitten at least 3 times before they can "stab" the dog. and that are expected attacks, with the knive in the hand, not unecpected attacks while riding your bike with the knife well secured in a cover!
    OK, i'll play along...

    ...after the 3rd bite, if you don't have a knife than what?
    if you're dead then you are at peace, but if you're still mobile then you must carry on to protect life around you...I'd prefer have a knife rather than resort to my unarmed training, that, I may guess, could be more extensive then the average cop in my fair city.

    the end really does not matter, but that at the moment of crisis if you've done the right thing then that is how you demonstrate love.

    having the courage to prepare shows respect and gratitude which may then brings luck or more thoughtful risk management.

    have a good one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailNut View Post
    OK, i'll play along: after the 3rd bite, if you don't a have a knife than what?
    if you're dead then you are at peace, but if you're still mobile then you are must carry on to protect life around you...I'd rather have a knife rather than resort to my unarmed training, that, I may guess, could be more extensive then the the average cop in my fair city.

    the end really does not matter, but that at the moment of crisis if you've done the right thing then that is how you demonstrate love.

    having the courage to prepare shows respect and gratitude which may then brings luck or more thoughtful risk management.

    have a good one.
    TrailNut, I fall into the boyscout mindset of always being prepared and always carry a pocket knife, not just for protection but also I'm injured and have to spend the night trailside. Just curious why you want a fixed blade. The folders will do everything you need it too except for maybe baton wood. Spyderco's are nice as they clip into your pocket on your baggy shorts or somewhere on your camelbak. If you must go fixed look at Esee Izula. Different configurations to fit your needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerider2 View Post
    ...If you must go fixed look at Esee Izula. Different configurations to fit your needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerider2 View Post
    TrailNut, I fall into the boyscout mindset of always being prepared and always carry a pocket knife, not just for protection but also I'm injured and have to spend the night trailside. Just curious why you want a fixed blade. The folders will do everything you need it too except for maybe baton wood. Spyderco's are nice as they clip into your pocket on your baggy shorts or somewhere on your camelbak. If you must go fixed look at Esee Izula. Different configurations to fit your needs.
    i have folder, but in the woods i'd prefer a fixed: 4" blade for biking.

    dirt can get in the action of a lock-folder and the fixed knife has the simpler presentation and better grip. if in the extremely unlikely event that trouble comes, fraction of a second might be just enough to sort things out. clip-ons can wiggle out, I have lost a Benchmade that way in a trail while riding, and a lock-folder in a sheath is secure, but might feel too slow to access while riding alone in the wooded canyons, at night, with eucalyptus trees creaking in the rainy wind and when my usually brave dog yipes out loud to run closer to my bike...in times like that details matter more....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nothing's impossible View Post


    So, With a few thousand lumen of light you are blinding the couple on its way to "the causy spot", irritated the guy reaches for his extreme bright torch to let you now you are blinding them. Now he notices the dive knive strapped on your leg which makes you look rather shady.


    The young boy, eager to protect and impress his new girlfriend might already have grasped his scoutingknive or taser or whatever weapon he's taken to protect him from wild animals and shady guys, you see him take his knive or whatever and decide it's time to grasp yours, the girl takes her pepperspray out of her handbag as she sees you grasping for your knive,...

    As you probably didn't have real training with the weapon, you didn't realise you should' ve stopped before taking the knive out, now, one of the best case scenario is something like: you took the knive while you were trying to stop with one hand, you loose the knive and a crash into a tree or something, the girl who didn't receive training either is spraying around in pannick so the three of you are blinded, and as she runs away she stumbles and sprains her ankle avoiding her to run away to far, and the cup scout keeps rather cool and doesn't do anything stupid. with some luck he uses his flashlight to send an emergency signal into the air, picked up by someone so you are all recovered and you get out of prison in a reasonable amount of time.

    If you had received weapon training, and you ended up using the knive it would be a lot longer in prison.

    But, if you had received weapon training, you wouldn't be mountainbiking with a dive knive strapped on your leg
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailNut View Post
    OK, i'll play along...

    ...after the 3rd bite, if you don't have a knife than what?
    if you're dead then you are at peace, but if you're still mobile then you must carry on to protect life around you...I'd rather have a knife rather than resort to my unarmed training, that, I may guess, could be more extensive then the average cop in my fair city.

    the end really does not matter, but that at the moment of crisis if you've done the right thing then that is how you demonstrate love.

    having the courage to prepare shows respect and gratitude which may then brings luck or more thoughtful risk management.

    have a good one.
    You are not playing along, you are hardly reading what I say

    The chance of being attacked by wildlife or humans during a nightride is nihil compared to other risks. There is nothing against being prepared, but you prepare for something that is verry unlikely to happen.

    Like most preppers, you are mainly scaring the **** out of yourself with worst case scenarios.

    The trees make noise at night, so what, are the trees falling by the dosens if you ride in between them? Darkness doesn't make trees fall, wind does.

    Your dog makes some noise and runs back to you. You go for the worst scenario: There is a dangerous animal in the forrest, but a porcupine, a snake, a few antbites,...
    There are a million more plausible and unthreathening explanations than: There is a mountain lion sneaking upon me.

    If you hear a noise in the forest, stop, kill you light and take out your camera. If you have a shot from a mountainlion or something similar in the wild, even a blurred picture or shabby video images will travel around the world, if you manage to get a good image you might make a nice amount of money!

    There is a reason why people who picture wildlife are camping silently for days in a row in a camouflaged hut.

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    All I could think of while reading the emoticon filled post was this reminds me of something I would have expected to see in the movie "City Slickers" and that it sounded like an ubanite's worst case scenario.

    Having grown up in the mountains of East TN and more specifically in an area where trouble bears from the Smoky Mountains are relocated to; I see no issue in carrying both a folding knife and a fixed blade if it makes you feel safer. I've probably encountered 50 or 60 black bears in the last 10 years and most of them are not afraid of humans. Screech whistles? Don't work. Bike over your head and screaming at the bear? Doesn't work. Throwing sticks and rocks at the bear? Sometimes works, sometimes doesn't phase them, once had one lower its shoulders like it was going to charge. Six and a half years ago, there was a little girl killed by bears in the same area where I've seen most of the bears. Bear attack

    Similar issues with feral hogs down here too and those things are just plain stupid, anger filled, slabs of bacon. A running chainsaw wont scare them out of a charge towards you, but a handful of twigs, leaves, and dirt sends them scattering. These are also some of the reasons that I do not under any avoidable circumstances ride solo at night down here.

    Normally though I just carry a Leatherman. I stopped carrying the fixed blade when I realized that the Leatherman did all the cutting I needed and I sure hell did not want to be close enough to a bear or feral hog to have to defend myself with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spec7 View Post
    I've probably encountered 50 or 60 black bears in the last 10 years and most of them are not afraid of humans. Screech whistles? Don't work. Bike over your head and screaming at the bear? Doesn't work. Throwing sticks and rocks at the bear? Sometimes works, sometimes doesn't phase them, once had one lower its shoulders like it was going to charge. Six and a half years ago, there was a little girl killed by bears in the same area where I've seen most of the bears. Bear attack
    That's a horrible bear story. No doubt that bear had some abnormality to make it behave that way. Everyone's worse nightmare. Scary as hell when animals don't behave as usual.

    Sounds like the other bears in your area are quite used to humans. Need I say, that is not a good thing if you plan to be out in the woods. When bears have no fear of humans anything can happen.

    If I was riding in your neck of the woods I don't think I'd feel safe unless I was packing a Magnum ( and was trained to use it ). Since that is likely illegal , like you I wouldn't want to ride alone. ( besides I don't own a gun and have no plans on buying one )

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    Spec, it was indeed the scenario of some old b-movie, but I don't remember the title

    If i would live in an area with relocated bears and misbehaving half domesticated wild hogs, i might reconsider solo nightrides as well, on the other hand, spotting a wild bear in the wild at night is also tempting, not as tempting as spotting a mountain lion though!


    The bear attack, as strangely as it may sound, the bad news even reached Belgium, so it must be a rather rare event, a six years old might look like an easy prey, an adult man??

    And if you succeed in killing a bear or a mountain lion or a wild hog or even a bewildered dog with a knife, the lokal tribe will honour you around the campfire for the centuries to come

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nothing's impossible View Post
    You are not playing along, you are hardly reading what I say

    The chance of being attacked by wildlife or humans during a nightride is nihil compared to other risks. There is nothing against being prepared, but you prepare for something that is verry unlikely to happen.

    Like most preppers, you are mainly scaring the **** out of yourself with worst case scenarios.

    The trees make noise at night, so what, are the trees falling by the dosens if you ride in between them? Darkness doesn't make trees fall, wind does.

    Your dog makes some noise and runs back to you. You go for the worst scenario: There is a dangerous animal in the forrest, but a porcupine, a snake, a few antbites,...
    There are a million more plausible and unthreathening explanations than: There is a mountain lion sneaking upon me.

    If you hear a noise in the forest, stop, kill you light and take out your camera. If you have a shot from a mountain lion or something similar in the wild, even a blurred picture or shabby video images will travel around the world, if you manage to get a good image you might make a nice amount of money!

    There is a reason why people who picture wildlife are camping silently for days in a row in a camouflaged hut.
    you're assuming that "...scaring the **** out of yourself..." which is nonsense.
    acknowledging possibility, however remote, is not the same as being scared.
    carrying a handy small knife is kind of like "paying" insurance and giving attention to risks.
    let's move away on this subject that i will gladly not agree with you.

    my iPhone's neat camera, but a waterproof pocket-sized camera with optical zoom lens & flash is a not a bad ideal, but now we're getting into unnecessary luxuries...

    as a Boy Scouts leader, in my early teens, I was taught and taught others to never ever go into the woods without a knife, compass, and a fire-starter flint: never (my handle bar mounts a compass bell, BTW).

    it's raining here. flowing in the muddy trails in a rainy night's a kind of dirty and dangerous fun I relish.

    enjoy.


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    Bears...no problem, forget the bear spray, pot and pans, bright lights and rock. Just ride out with your partner but be sure you bring your fastest bike! Keep in mind you're not trying to out run the bear....just your partner

    On a more serious note: I do bring my Taser C3 which shootout about 15ft worth of probe. I also carry my Fox pepper spray which I have practice using in the backyard with all my older expired spray. My neighbor just hates me when I do that because the smell is overwhelming. However my best policy is avoid confrontation if at all possible and de-escalate the situation, yes even with animals but luckily we don't have much here but maybe mountain lion depending on where we go. So far that worked for me and opefully stay that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do View Post
    That's a horrible bear story. No doubt that bear had some abnormality to make it behave that way. Everyone's worse nightmare. Scary as hell when animals don't behave as usual.

    Sounds like the other bears in your area are quite used to humans. Need I say, that is not a good thing if you plan to be out in the woods. When bears have no fear of humans anything can happen.

    If I was riding in your neck of the woods I don't think I'd feel safe unless I was packing a Magnum ( and was trained to use it ). Since that is likely illegal , like you I wouldn't want to ride alone. ( besides I don't own a gun and have no plans on buying one )
    the best approaching to thinking about bears is to remove fear or assumptions about them: factually, black bears have been known to track down and kill humans for "supper."

    I had given a warning shot, a 44 Remington Magnum from a (legally compliant) revolver, up in the air once to scare off a black bear too close to our tent at night, by a lake,...that black bear didn't even notice the loud report, though my ears were ringing and i had to hope that the heavy (320 grain) bullet did not land on spot that'll harm life. Earlier, we had banged on tin-pots, to no effect. We spilled white gas to re-light our campfire with pile of sticks we had saved from the morning: that gave us some space. Glad we had our dog to provide sentry or else I'd had been up awake all night as the bear kept circling our tent (that had no food or soap anything we can imagine that might give off an "attractive" order).

    Personally, i'd rather deal with big cats or bears any time than be near humans withe AR style rifles with attitudes.

    now skunks at night along the trail, they do scare me quite a bit! ohhhh my, do my heart race! such sighting makes helmet light priceless tools of prevention..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nothing's impossible View Post
    The bear attack, as strangely as it may sound, the bad news even reached Belgium, so it must be a rather rare event, a six years old might look like an easy prey, an adult man??
    It was indeed a rare event. I think there have been two other deaths by bear attack since then in the Cherokee National Forest further north from me. Those were adults who lost their lives thus making it less of a media sensation. Still something to keep in mind in this neck of the woods though. CCP's are now legal in the national forest so you can carry if so endorsed and I am, but I never do on the bike simply due to I don't feel the need for it or want the extra weight. Backpacking, I always carry though since a hiker is slower moving & more easily stalked.

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    Trailnut, this is Western Europe, there is no weaponlobby around trying to create reasons to justify carrying arms.
    As a result we think in a different way!

    A question about which fixed blade to carry would turn up on a diving forum (to cut ropes in case you are entagled in one and panic, not to defend oneself from shark attacks), but nobody here will take your question, posted in a light topic on an internet forum, serious.

    Spec, 3 killings in 6 years, that bear relocation progra must become a political issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spec7 View Post
    It was indeed a rare event. I think there have been two other deaths by bear attack since then in the Cherokee National Forest further north from me. Those were adults who lost their lives thus making it less of a media sensation. Still something to keep in mind in this neck of the woods though. CCP's are now legal in the national forest so you can carry if so endorsed and I am, but I never do on the bike simply due to I don't feel the need for it or want the extra weight. Backpacking, I always carry though since a hiker is slower moving & more easily stalked.
    Some years ago I did a quick search on "death by bears". Now it seems the death toll has increased, much more than I previously thought. While it is still rare, it happens. Food for thought if you ride in remote areas with a known bear population. Wiki link -fatal bear attacks

    Just out of curiosity I wonder "how many people have had a dangerous encounter with a bear ( been threatened ) and then escaped. I'd also like to know how many people have had to use their "Bear spray" and had it work. I know there are books on the subject of how to defend/prevent bear attacks. Might just pickup an e-book on it if it isn't to much money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nothing's impossible View Post
    Trailnut, this is Western Europe, there is no weaponlobby around trying to create reasons to justify carrying arms.
    As a result we think in a different way!

    A question about which fixed blade to carry would turn up on a diving forum (to cut ropes in case you are entagled in one and panic, not to defend oneself from shark attacks), but nobody here will take your question, posted in a light topic on an internet forum, serious.
    @Nothing's impossible;

    Your comments on this thread are contrary the typically informative and civil nature of the lights and night riding forum. Others on this forum did take the OP seriously and replied with suggestions pertinant to the topic. The topic being advice on what to carry, not should I carry. While my personal thoughts on the whether to carry a weapon while riding lie close to yours, it is not my place to attempt to impose my belief on another. The OP knows he wants to carry. It's rude and not your place to tell him his concern is groundless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vancbiker View Post
    @Nothing's impossible;

    Your comments on this thread are contrary the typically informative and civil nature of the lights and night riding forum. Others on this forum did take the OP seriously and replied with suggestions pertinant to the topic. The topic being advice on what to carry, not should I carry. While my personal thoughts on the whether to carry a weapon while riding lie close to yours, it is not my place to attempt to impose my belief on another. The OP knows he wants to carry. It's rude and not your place to tell him his concern is groundless.

    I generally try to avoid calling anyone out but, he did specifically ask and request:
    "Got any suggestions?
    please keep your comments towards something useful, non-judgemental."

    I find it fairly disrespectful to totally ignore everything he stated in his opening remarks; IMHO.

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    Cat-- forget the bear spray. If you actually need to use it, the bear is too close already. Pick up a can of hornet spray instead. Just as much of a deterrent, but it sprays at a cool 20+ feet.

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