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I was just thinking about this. It all happens to us at some point, we have to hike our bikes back to the trail head. First, how far is your farthest? And are there any horror stories? Like in the rain/snow/ murderers on the loose?? Maybe this could be interesting.

The farthest ive ever hiked is 2 miles with a 30 lb bike.

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5 miles of rolling singletrack with a 30lb bike. The rear tri was broken so badly that it wouldn't allow the rear wheel to spin freely so I carried the rear end all the way out. I couldn't believe I was at the exact 1/2 way point of a 10 mile course when this happened...no shortcuts and no bailouts:madman: !

And then there was a loooong 4 mile ride back to the truck with a separated shoulder. Luckily I was able to take a shortcut on the paved, rather flat bike path!
 

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6 miles. Halfway point of a 12mi loop. Cased a jump off of a waterbar, blew both tires (unpatchable), mangled my seat, and was too much of a noob to know enough to carry a repair kit.
 

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A few years ago I took a spill on the local freeride trail and somehow managed to lock up my hydro rear brake to the point I couldn't get to come unstuck. If I would have had the right tool with me I could have just removed it, but I had taken it out of my pack a few days earlier and forgot to put it back in. It was a six mile fire road climb back to my car with a rear wheel that wouldn't budge. Suck fest!
 

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XC race on a private ranch in TX. The place was fine Saturday afternoon, but received a frog-strangler of a downpour that night. The race was run anyway Sunday morning and it turned out to be a practically unridable mudfest. Snapped my rear derailleur about a mile in and ran the remaining 6-7 miles with bike on shoulder. I was last place by a looong ways.
 

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joshman108 said:
I was just thinking about this. It all happens to us at some point, we have to hike our bikes back to the trail head. First, how far is your farthest? And are there any horror stories? Like in the rain/snow/ murderers on the loose?? Maybe this could be interesting.

The farthest ive ever hiked is 2 miles with a 30 lb bike.

hbu?
Well, I consider a hike-a-bike a section that is unridable because of the terrain/trail conditions and/or my own abilities, not because of bike problems.

I have done routes where I walked/pushed/carried my perfectly functional bike for 6+ miles.

Not riding because of a mechanical failure or injury is just walking out (3-4 miles for me).
 

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I've hike-a-bike'd at least 5 miles on more than one occasion when "testing" trails only seen on a USFS map.

The most I've hiked out for a mechanical is about 2 miles (I carry a pretty complete repair kit in my Camelback)

The most I've hiked due to injury was 3 miles in Sedona due to heat exhaustion (I had water but it was warm and I couldn't cool down). It would have been a few more miles but by some small miracle a thunderstorm blew in and the rain cooled me off enough to get back on the bike and ride out.
 

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shiggy said:
Well, I consider a hike-a-bike a section that is unridable because of the terrain/trail conditions and/or my own abilities, not because of bike problems.
I totally agree.

For me three+ miles semi-lost. It involved hoisting bikes to each other at one point and spending long periods hiking while holding our bikes over our heads to get through thick laurel.
 

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shiggy said:
Well, I consider a hike-a-bike a section that is unridable because of the terrain/trail conditions and/or my own abilities, not because of bike problems.

I have done routes where I walked/pushed/carried my perfectly functional bike for 6+ miles.

Not riding because of a mechanical failure or injury is just walking out (3-4 miles for me).
Same here. And both can sometimes be cool and both can sometimes suck. For me, 5-6 for both.
 

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Due to terrain, it was about 2mi for me. Uncleared hurricane blowdown at the end of a remote loop I was doing. Blew out the sole on my shoe, and the only thing holding it on was my cleat.
 

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10 miles at the end of Monarch Crest due to a horribly sucked/broken chain and warped rear casette. I was able to coast a good bit of that, though.

Other than that, maybe 4-5 miles.
 

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I missed a turn in the Pisgah over the summer.. ended up hiking 17 miles on this terrain that was completely unrideable (large boulders on the side of a cliff).... my 6 mile recovery ride turned into a 50 mile ridiculous adventure!
 

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The gypsies got their own back when a sprig of heather tore off my rear derailleur out on the N. Yorkshire Moors in England many years ago. I broke my chain tool, and could not bodge a repair. I was mid way out on a 40 mile loop around the moors, and had to walk most of that to get back to my car. I did manage to hitch a lift in a pickup truck for about the last 2 miles when I got back on a small road.
Here in S. AZ. I will more often do short sections of HAB to get up to the tops, lots of getting on and off; I prefer to try and ride all I can obviously.
 

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I broke a chain, but luckily it was mostly downhill back to the car.6 + miles. I know carry a chain tool with extra links!
I pushed my 33 lb bike 1/2 way up a long climb. about 3 miles because I was not in shape..
 

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shiggy said:
Well, I consider a hike-a-bike a section that is unridable because of the terrain/trail conditions and/or my own abilities, not because of bike problems.
As i was writing the title, I KNEW something sounded wrong :skep: ... I just couldnt put my finger on it. Youre right.
 

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around 3 miles after taking a spill and mangling a finger. bleed the entire way. it was fun up to that point tho.
 
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