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Old 08-17-2021, 07:49 PM   #1
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How to stay alive when dirt riding alone!

This video drew my attention as I do find myself riding solo frequently.
Some good suggestions in the vid.


youtu.be/sPG5-Ix86F4

Additional suggestions I have used...

- carry a whistle with easy access
- small flashlight
- matches/lighter
- compass

Be sure to (re)examine those emergency devices at 5:00 for a chuckle.
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Old 08-18-2021, 10:23 PM   #2
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It’s always good to prepare. I always bring a tube of Steel Stik, flint/magnesium, emergency blanket and a life straw in addition to the normal items like gps, phone, water and other items.

The Steelstik camein handy on a long group ride a few years ago when we went through a rough and steep uphill rocky section. A rider in the group dumped their bike and put a hole in the case and unfortunately we were 15mi from anything. Steelstik to the rescue

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Old 08-19-2021, 12:24 AM   #3
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One thing is you need to be aware of your bike's capability and your capability. If something looks sketchy to me I always stop and recon it.

Also if you are adventure riding alone make sure you can pick up your bike. I'd love to get one of those large ADV bike they are so heavy and it's tough picking it up. If you rode in a group you would have someone able to help you pick it up but solo good luck. So that goes back to know you and your bike's capability.
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Old 08-19-2021, 07:07 AM   #4
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Good stuff John.

Any number of folks I know, have or do ride solo on occasion, myself included. Heck, even if not riding solo, its good to know how to help yourself or friends.

It was drilled into my head as kid that when venturing off the beaten path that self extraction should be the number one goal.... don't expect or rely upon outside help.

To that end, being familiar with where you are, or having the skill to quickly figure out where you are is probably the most important step of any self rescue decision tree. Where is the nearest point of help, how do you get there, and/or where is the most likely place to go to where help might be found randomly by a passerby.

Many times, you and or your friends will be able help yourselves far faster than any modern communication device will be able summon help, if at all.
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Old 08-19-2021, 09:14 AM   #5
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It was drilled into my head as kid that when venturing off the beaten path that self extraction should be the number one goal.... don't expect or rely upon outside help.
Any one know of a good, compact come-along that can be used for situations like this? Part of the game is raw leverage (which can compete with the "compact" part). I was thinking you might be able to use a pair of ratchet straps, as tedious as it would be to use, but if you can add a little something for leverage, it could work.

With the ratchet straps, you could use one until it's "full", then adjust the other and keep going, alternating back and forth until you're out, with the keep value being the ratchet part.
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Any one know of a good, compact come-along that can be used for situations like this? t.
3 or 4 carabiners...
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Old 08-19-2021, 11:59 AM   #7
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3 or 4 carabiners...
So a simple, strap and carabiner based pulley system? Is there not too much friction with the straps and carabiners?
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Old 08-19-2021, 12:14 PM   #8
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Found this thread, different forum.

https://www.southbayriders.com/forums/threads/151573/
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Old 08-19-2021, 01:02 PM   #9
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Now that's interesting. I usually carry oil and a steel stick along with an emergency blanket and a Garmin InReach. My bike is easy to pick up, but if I dropped it down a hill that'd be a different story. Seems like this is something I should add to my kit.
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Old 08-19-2021, 05:53 PM   #10
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Personally, I rather enjoy riding alone, I find riding with others is tedious at best.
Their always talking, laughing, carrying on like we're supposed to be having fun, when we all know that that's not the point- dirt biking's probably one of the last extremely serious solo endeavors left a person can experience- to soil the moment with banality by sharing it with the unwashed masses is a mortal sin.
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There's only so much you can carry. I do carry a Spot, a tool kit that has wrenches/bits that fit every fastener on the bike; a large first aid kit; tube & tubeless repair kits; a ratchet-strap bike lift (I've used once); spare drive chain links & master links. I've thought about carrying a 'Z-drag' set-up or a block & tackle but I've just never committed.
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a ratchet-strap bike lift (I've used once);
How did that work?
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