Things break. That's just the way of the world. One moment everything is going fine, and suddenly a vital piece of equipment fails on you.
What do you do if the strap on your hunting pack breaks? Or how about your truck? You don't just throw in the towel. Instead, you fix the problem on the spot and get yourself up back up and running.
Why should it be any different for your hunting eBike? There are plenty of parts of your bike that you can fix on the trail. But, just like anything else with hunting, preparation is key.
We're going to highlight some of the eBike parts, and eBike tool kit you should keep on hand if things go wrong.
A major part of being prepared is knowing that there are things you can and can't do in the field. Just like you wouldn't rebuild your truck's engine on the side of the road or sight in a gun in the middle of the hunt, there are parts of your eBike you shouldn't try to repair in the wild.
So, how do you prepare for situations that you can't deal with on the fly? Contingencies. You have roadside assistance in case your truck experiences an extreme failure. You have iron sights, and spare hunting rifles if an old reliable's scope bites the dust.
When it comes to an eBike, you shouldn't try to repair the motor, gears, interface, or battery packs in the woods.
Of course, all of those things can fail, but repairing them requires a certain level of precision and safety that you can't offer outside of a workshop.
The good news about an eBike is that there's still a bicycle underneath all of those complex systems. So long as that base remains intact, it is the contingency that can get you out of the woods. All of the tools and parts you carry should surround just that.
Being prepared for repairs is a trick in itself. Do you remember the first roadside tool kit you threw in your truck? It probably looked a lot like you were moving your garage’s tool collection around with you.
That's until you started to understand what was most likely to fail and exactly what you'd need to repair it. So now your roadside emergency toolset is a lot more manageable and probably fits under the rear seat.
The point we're trying to make is that you can't carry a bike repair shop around with you on a hunt. You need to stay maneuverable and lightweight. To do so, you need to cut your selection down to cover just what is most likely to fail you in the woods.
Let's begin with spare parts:
That covers all of the parts you should carry, with room for discrepancy regarding your exact make and model nuances. Parts are nothing if they can't be installed, though. So, let's jump into the tools you should keep on your eBike to get the job done.
Keep in mind that the most compact versions available are your best friend. You don't need enough torque to move the earth to replace bicycle parts, and you certainly don't need the kind of weight that's attached to those macho tools loading you down. Most of these are also offered in eBike tool kits.
Before you start blindly collecting tools, the best thing you can do is spend some time with your eBike. Familiarize yourself with all of the key areas we covered here, and learn what tools you need to perform repairs.
Not all bikes rely on the same types of fasteners, and you need to know what works for you. Not only that, but it's a good idea to learn the repair process beforehand.
There's nothing like trial by fire, but learning how to replace a tire tube by yourself in the freezing rain isn't a good idea.
It's also wise to learn about the weak points of your bike. As we said, there's room for nuances, and we only covered the basics.
It's important to learn what parts of your exact bike is prone to failure and how to fix them in an emergency situation. Talking with local bike shops and reading through forums is a great way to obtain this information.
Most eBike manufacturers offer replacement parts and accessories. In those offerings, you'll find tool kits are usually available. These electric bicycle tool kits are assembled by people who already know your bike inside and out.
These kits cover everything you need to repair your bike on the fly but use very compact and lightweight versions in a pouch that usually mounts directly to the bike. They are very handy and are more than worth the investment.
We covered a lot here, but this is all stuff you already know. You grew up riding bicycles, and that's the first thing you learned to fix up.
That's all you need to do if your eBike fails you in the woods. You're just trying to make sure the bicycle at its core can get you home.
Not only that, but it's something you can quickly learn. Even if you never repaired a bicycle, you teach yourself how in no time at all.
You taught yourself how to hunt, dress a buck, sight in a rifle, and tear it down for cleaning. We know that learning how to fix one is as easy as riding a bike for you.
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