Bike hunting takes preparation, too

Last weekend, my wife did the Tour de Prairie, a bike ride from Cheyenne to Chugwater. Most people who do that ride do it on road bikes, but Amy did it on a mountain bike. That’s impressive.

About a month ago, my wife asked me if I wanted to do the 100-mile Tour de Prairie ride. I declined. I’ve done 100-mile bike rides in my younger days, but youth was a big factor in my decision to do them. The other factor was fitness. I’m not talking about general fitness. I think my lungs and my legs could still handle a 100-miler, but I’m absolutely certain my posterior could not.

Riding a bike for that long puts a lot of pressure on your sitting region, and you really need to build up to that. But it did get me thinking about the hunting season.

That may seem like a strange correlation, but I’ve been giving a lot of thought to getting a hunting bicycle. They’re like a mountain bike on steroids. They have huge, fat tires, and you can get them with a silent electric motor that helps propel you up the trail. There’s still pedaling involved, especially if you want to have some battery left in case you knock something down miles from camp and want to be able to carry the meat back with the aid of your electric ride. But it would sure make four trips hauling out a quartered elk a lot easier.

But don’t think you’re going to get an electric hunting bike and be good to go from Day 1. You’re still going to need to ease into longer and longer trips on that thing – especially if where you hunt has any kind of terrain. The more bumps you hit and hills you climb, the more your rump is going to feel it.

So even though I wasn’t planning to do the Tour de Prairie, and even though my next bike is likely going to have an electric motor on it, I pulled my mountain bike out of the shed and started riding a few weeks ago. I’m now able to go about 40 miles without any significant ill effects, so by hunting season, I should be ready.

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