Mountain Bike Bow Rack
Huntfest 2009 Review
"The Latest Installment" -
Greetings, all!!! Pardon the excitement, but hunting season is so close I
can taste it. Here's hoping you get some time to enjoy the season before
that you take a few minutes now to see what's new at Alaris Concepts...
Mountain Bike Bow Rack
From time to time, people come up to me,
usually at trade shows, and ask
if I make a bow rack for mountain bikes. Apologetically, I used to say,
"No." I saw a product at the SHOT Show
a few years back, but never thought much of the design and had a hard time
recommending it to biking bow hunters. I always figured if enough people
were interested, I'd take my own shot at a solution.
opportunity came when my wife decided I was getting a new bike for my birthday -
Thanks, Honey! Now, I'm a BMX fanatic from way back, but I've never owned a
mountain bike. Strange in a way, since they make a very fit-for-purpose
mode of transport for the hunter who needs to get to the stand quickly yet
stealthily. Just one challenge - how does one carry their bow on it?
Handlebar holders are available, but are better suited for guns than for bows.
And really, who wants to use their expensive bow as a brush guard on the front
of their bike? Shoulder slings offer a marginal solution if you're not
traveling too far as they tend to shift as your body moves with the bike
and trail. The only other traditional option is to hold it in one hand
while trying to navigate the trail with the other. If you've tried any of
these methods, you'll agree it's time for a
With a shiny new CCM on
one side of my garage and a bunch of Bowkaddy inventory on the other, the bike
bow rack may have seemed like a foregone conclusion. However, the design process was
hindered by the same difficulties I've seen in the past. Every brand of
bow is different, every ATV and UTV brand is different, and yep, every kind of
mountain bike is different. I could probably make it work for my
equipment, but could I fasten Bowkaddy to the bike in a manner that would be as close to "universal" as possible? In the end, I
chose to attach my UTV Bracket to the rear fork tubes and then fasten Bowkaddy
to the top of the UTV Bracket. And, as luck-laden ingenuity would have it,
are several advantages to using the Bowkaddy Bow Rack System on a bike:
Bow is situated behind the rider, offering
protection from trail hazards.
Bow is aligned with the direction of travel;
less likely to snag branches, even on very narrow trails.
Bowkaddy holds the bow very securely for
peace of mind.
UTV Bracket is removed with relative ease in
Bowkaddy Bow Kover can be used for extra
protection from dust and moisture.
I'll admit it wasn't quite as simple as
taking the UTV Bracket out of the package and slapping it on the CCM. I
had to add a few extra holes to the plate so that I could secure it to the fork
tubes with some U-bolts that I picked up at a local hardware store. Two
additional holes were also needed to fasten the Bowkaddy base to the top of the
bracket. I documented the entire modification process in
format for anyone interested in this application.
Huntfest 2009 Review - What a Show!
Gear up. Tag out. That was the catch phrase coined by Wild TV as it hosted its first annual Huntfest Trade
Show at the River Cree Resort & Casino just west of Edmonton, Alberta in mid-August.
From my perspective as an exhibitor, I would never have guessed that this was
Wild's first shot at a trade show. From preliminary planning to set up and
take down, I give 'em two thumbs up for an extremely well executed event.
I arrived promptly Friday morning to get the booth set up before
the floodgates opened. I had signed up early for the show, so had an
excellent corner spot near the entrance of Rink 1 and directly in front of the
passage to Rink 2. In reality, I don't think there was a bad booth
position anywhere. Product vendors fared very well, attributed mostly to
the timing of the show (less than a month before the fall hunting season in most
parts of western Canada). There was the odd "tire-kicker" in the crowd,
but by and large people were not just looking; they were buying.
Thankfully, my brother Bryce was able to help me out all
weekend. Good thing, 'cause the place was a zoo for all but the last
couple hours of each day. By "zoo", I'm not referring to the critters,
though there were some spectacular taxidermy displays including the Masters
Collection of world-class whitetails.
Another big attraction at the show was the guest speaker
stage which provided a podium for a series of hunting celebrities who took turns
sharing their knowledge and adventures with the crowd. Headlining the
event were Ralph and Vicki
Cianciarulo from the Archer's Choice. Other notables included Les Johnson
(Predator Quest), Cody Robbins (Live 2 Hunt) and Jason Peterson (Hunting Canada
and Beyond). Throw in a big beer tent, a quad course, cooking
demonstrations, a couple 3D archery ranges and a next door resort/casino and you
have one deluxe fun-filled weekend. Possibly the most fun you can have
without a tag in your pocket!
This trade event is not only good for the gear seekers and
sellers, it's a win-win situation for the hunting industry as a whole.
There is strength in numbers and indications are that the tradition of hunting
has a very strong future. Final attendance figures reported by
remarkable. Over 12,000 people took in some or all of the three-day show.
With success like this, I share a hopeful sentiment that Wild TV extends the
Huntfest hype to other Canadian venues in the coming years.
As a direct result of the show, Alaris Concepts is proud to
announce the addition of two new Bowkaddy dealers in Alberta:
Now let's keep the facts straight. Huntfest is a
no-nonsense trade show for the die-hard hunter. If you're looking to buy a
speed boat or book a salmon fishing trip, go to a Boat & Sportsman's Show.
But if you're all about arrows, ammo and ATV's, bows and binos, camo clothing, shot
shells, taxidermy and TV celebrities, then I'll see YOU at Huntfest 2010!
"The Latest Installment" - Polaris Lock-N-Ride
Many thanks to Mike Bax from Cranbrook, B.C. for sending these pictures to me.
Due to the use of a rear cab window on his Polaris Ranger, Kaddy Bracket UTV
could not be used to mount Bowkaddy. But once again, where there's a will,
there's a way. Mike fabricated this aluminum bracket to support Bowkaddy
from one of the "Lock-n-Ride" holes in the side of the Ranger box.
He's looking forward to hitting the trail this fall with confidence that his
sight hasn't shifted because it's no longer bouncing around the back of his
Ranger. Good luck with your hunt, Mike!
If you have any questions pertaining to an install such as this one, feel free
to contact Alaris Concepts.
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