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post #1 of 20 Old 06-23-2011, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone carry a shovel?

I got stuck in the snow two weeks back and had to use sticks and my hands to dig the bike out enough to move forward. One of these would have been awfully handy and wondered if anyone carries one or something similar?

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i don't, but i would say look at a local arm surplus store. you can get a small folding spade for pretty cheap ( i have seen them locally for around 10 dollars ) like this guy:



you could easily run a strap through the handle and hang it off the grab bar on the non exhaust side, or off the tool tube, or off the front, or top of a top case, front or back of a side case.. well you get the picture.

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I carry a small spade, but I only use it for burying poo. The technique I used on my 650GS for getting unstuck in deep mud doesn't require a shovel. If I was high centered/buried wheels in mud, sand, or snow, I would lay the bike on it's side, fill in the holes, then pick the bike back up and ride away. YMMV.

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That is a pretty cool 'spade'.
$49 is a bit steep for me, though...

When primitive camping on the bike, I bring a shovel with, but it's an inexpensive one from Wally World, found it in the camping section for something around $10-15.




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I carry a small spade, but I only use it for burying poo. The technique I used on my 650GS for getting unstuck in deep mud doesn't require a shovel. If I was high centered/buried wheels in mud, sand, or snow, I would lay the bike on it's side, fill in the holes, then pick the bike back up and ride away. YMMV.
dude! that is so simple it's elegant and makes me feel stupid for never having thought of it.. reminds me of that joke:

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'Oh, I understand,' I said. 'A normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup.'


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I carry a small spade, but I only use it for burying poo. The technique I used on my 650GS for getting unstuck in deep mud doesn't require a shovel. If I was high centered/buried wheels in mud, sand, or snow, I would lay the bike on it's side, fill in the holes, then pick the bike back up and ride away. YMMV.
When I got stuck in the snow, I found it was actually easier to rock the bike side to side to push the snow away from the skid plate. I was riding through some deep ruts created by a 4wd that had passed through earlier. The snow was packed hard, so the bike started to high-center on the sides of the ruts, lifting weight off the back tire. By rocking side-to-side it made the ruts wider and allowed the bike to sit back down with full weight on the rear tire (my Shinko 705's had enough traction to then slowly move me forward).

With that Glock spade, it's no more functional than a $10 model purchased at a military surplus store, and compacts to about the same size, but I think the advantage is it's much lighter than an all-steel model. At least that's my understanding of that model's selling points.

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but I think the advantage is it's much lighter than an all-steel model. At least that's my understanding of that model's selling points.
so 2 pounds instead of 3 pounds?

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so 2 pounds instead of 3 pounds?
Good point :-)

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I have this small Gerber shovel for backpacking; it'll go on the bike when I start camping with it. It folds and collapses to a compact package, and weighs only about 1 3/4 pounds. It's very sturdy, costs about $20, and is sufficient for small digging jobs.

This has been one of the best camping items I've ever purchased.

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so 2 pounds instead of 3 pounds?
Seems like chump change, but a pound here and there adds up really fast if you have to carry stuff on your back. I try to buy gear that works equally well in a pannier or a backpack.
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