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I carry the saw on my back often. I put shoulder straps on the existing saw case to make a backpack of it. That works when I can shortcut the trail to get to the problem area in the shortest distance. Loop trails are easy to shortcut. Linear trails can be a long distance to walk though. That’s why I mounted the chainsaw to the fatbike.
Do it. I have found the easier I make it to do trail maintenance the less WORK it is. And, the more inclined I am to do it. I have a lot of fun riding the fatty with the chainsaw. I do not enjoying carrying it by hand.
There are stanfard rack mounts built into the seat stays. For bikes without mounts, the same setup can be achieved with a rack designed to mount to the axle. Actually, the rack I used was intended to mount that way. It came with a long scewer. I originally started with a rack designed for fatbikes with built-in mounts. I found that a standard rack meant for a skinny bike worked better in my particular case.
Trailforks is more for finding and navigating existing trails. It works best for finding your way around a trail you are not familiar with. It is a database of trail maps. Strava is a database of your past rides. Think of Trailforks as your map and Strava as your breadcrumb trail. Both apps are good for their intended purpose.
I use Trailforks, All Trails, and MTB Project for trail navigation. None of the three have all the trails so I use the one that has the trail loaded that I am riding that day. On trails new to me, I run one simultaneously with Strava so I don’t accidently turn on a horse or hiking trail. I find MTB Project to be the most user friendly. But when it doesn’t have the trail map I want to ride I look for it on the other two apps.
I got started using Strava as a tool to find trails. There are plenty of apps for that today, but years ago there were not. When I was traveling to a new area I would search for strava segments in that area. I could easily differentiate mtb from road segments by looking for loops and/or zig zaggy red lines. At the time I had no interest in the data it captures. I just wanted to ride and had no interest in following others or seeing my lap times. As the Strava app improved I got more interested in it. The ability to add photos of my activity was a nice improvement. Now I use it not only for recording my rides, but also keep track of trail work. I save the workday as a workout and add photos to remind me what was done.
I buy everything I possibly can online. Some examples are toothpaste, car stereos, bath soap, dog food, music, smartphones, clothes, and even bikes. The stuff shows up on my doorstep a couple days after I pay via PayPal. I have returned many items that were not exactly what I expected, but it’s no different than returning things to Walmart or a bike shop (except no wasted time driving across town). If my LBS had a strong online presence at competitive pricing, I would buy all my bike related stuff from them. My last bike purchase was a Borealis fatbike I found on Facebook. The rear wheel dropouts had an issue that the seller didn’t disclose in the ad. I emailed Borealis and they sent me a new frame with the upgraded thru-axle. Kudos to Borealis for customer service! I have no worries about online shopping. Mistakes have always been fixed whether they were mine or the seller’s. I’m sure some folks reading this forum have had online transactions go bad, but my experiences have been great.
I absolutely agree that the best mtbike hauler is motorcycle. I carry 2 bikes and ride 2 up (gf rides with me). When everyone else’s ride is over and they squeeze back into their leg cramping cage for the trip home, our ride continues on. We ride to the riding spot, ride, then ride home. No disassembly of the bicycles and we often take the scenic route back to civilization.
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I absolutely agree that the best mtbike hauler is motorcycle. I carry 2 bikes and ride 2 up (gf rides with me). When everyone else’s ride is over and they squeeze back into their leg cramping cage for the trip home, our ride continues on. We ride to the riding spot, ride, then ride home. No disassembly of the bcycles and we often take the scenic route back to civilation.