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    Easiest way to carry a sword while riding?

    I'm a gun owner and I love them... but what I need to protect myself from squirrels and bunnies is a sword.

    Please advise.

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    Ninja style with the sword handle over my right shoulder. That way I can work the front brake and swing away with my right arm. Do you think people would honk and yell stupid stuff at you if you have a sword slung across your back?

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    Well, I've tried the hip mounted scabbard but it tends to bounce and jostle as you pedal. If your sword is big enough sometimes it can even clip trees not unlike a bar end. I've used frame mounting on the water bottle cage, but I tend to prefer larger swords and curved swords such as scimitars and katanas don't work so well in that location. Pretty much your best option is a scabbard mounted to your back, but you'll need an X style strap system to keep it in place. Just make sure it's tied in so it doesn't slide out accidentally during an endo! What a mess that would be!

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    Lash the scabbard to your hydration pack, hilt up - Conan style, so you can whip it out and swing it around over you head as you charge the critters at top speed screaming war cries at the top of your lungs.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    Best thread title I've seen in a while. Personally I wouldn't try it...the sword I own would throw me off the bike if I tried to swing it while riding. o.O

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    Go Dundee style, bowie knife. You know, for crocodiles

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    I would lash it to the down tube or seat stay, that way when you leap off the front of your bike at your target, it will be easy to draw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    I'm a gun owner and I love them... but what I need to protect myself from squirrels and bunnies is a sword.

    Please advise.
    It would definitely come in handy in a situation like this.
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    Sword? Pshaw! Use a lance. Skewer the critters without slowing down. This has the added benefit making it easy to pull your folding grill from your Camelbak and cook up a kebab when you stop for a snack.
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    I wrap mine around my waist.

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    I prefer to keep mine drawn while I ride. You never know what you will come across! I had to go 1x10 and only use one brake, and it took a while to master riding with one hand, but it's better than being unprepared!

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    This bein' the 21st century and all, have you considered a mace?


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    Quote Originally Posted by dm1333 View Post
    Ninja style with the sword handle over my right shoulder. That way I can work the front brake and swing away with my right arm. Do you think people would honk and yell stupid stuff at you if you have a sword slung across your back?
    This is OK, but I've found it to be problematic when negotiating low-hanging branches as the handle always sticks up too far. The down tube, on your cross-hand side (such that you reach over the top tube to draw it) will work the best.

    Good for machete trail maintenance as well.

    -F

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    really? I thought you were above ths Dion.

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    I would strap the handle to the stem, with the sword facing straight out. Slice and dice with and X-up!
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    I usually let my second carry it.

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    Double crown rigid fork sheath.

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    Lots of good suggestions here. I carry my ninja sword inverted and diagonal on my hydration pack.
    It has a little catch on the scabbard so it does not fall out while riding. I say it's a ninja sword but I'm not 100 percent on that. I came around a corner on a night ride plowed over this ninja looking person and he dissolved into smoke left some silk pj's (npj's?) and this cool sword I carry at night now.

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    After watching the Bourne series, I learned that you really don't need more than a ball point pen to take out any number of highly skilled adversaries, so that is what I carry. It packs well and the protective cap keeps me from staining my front pocket with ink or blood.

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    ive found it is optimal to carry 2 swords in a "x" pattern sheathed on your back. really helps keep the cog even but if your not on a 29er forget it. a 26er will leave you in a vulnerable low position.

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    Sword's are a little old school, think Laser's.

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    Some of us are elitist and use light sabers. Fits perfectly in the back jersey pocket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmckiwi View Post
    Sword's are a little old school, think Laser's.
    With frickin' sharks attached to them?

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    Sharks?
    It's all Here. Now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_owl View Post
    really? I thought you were above ths Dion.
    Hey. It's my God given right!!!!

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