With the pandemic quarantining us in our own homes since 2020, we are finally getting a breather away from the virus and the lockdowns. As many people were bored in their homes, they have decided on a new sort of adventure for many. We have recently seen an increase in the number of bike riders making a trip to the jungles and forests nearby for an adventurous and interesting trip.
However, the problem arises when cyclists run into bears in the forest. Other than the number of cyclists riding to the forest, we have also seen a rise in the number of bear encounters in the area. These bear encounters have often resulted in the deaths of the riders. So, cyclists use bear spray to keep the bears away from them.
In this guide, we will discuss the ways on how to carry bear spray on bikes to fend off the bears.
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Why You Should Carry a Bear Spray on Bike?
Did you know that the smell strength of a bear is about seven times stronger than that of a dog? The bear spray that bikers use to fend off the bears in the wood in order to protect themselves from bear attacks contains chili peppers, 2 percent of capsaicin, and many more components that we usually see in regular pepper sprays.
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When we push the trigger of the spray can, the spray mixture travels to approximately 25 to 35 feet. This mixture causes a burning and harsh reaction to the eyes, mouth, and nose of the bear and temporarily irritates these parts. And due to the smell strength being this strong in bears, it is very painful for them when the spray mixture gets into their nose.
How To Carry Bear Spray On A Bike?
There are several ways of carrying bear spray on a bike while riding. Choose one depending on your preference.
Carry Bear Spray In A Holster
Experts often recommend that the bikers should carry the bear sprays on their person. This makes it easier for the cyclist to grab the bear spray when needed, and there is no way of losing it in time of an emergency. The best position of carrying a bear spray on a bike is to put it in a holster that is attached to the chest or the back of the rider.
However, you must make sure that the position of the holster does not cause any sort of disturbance in the pedaling of the biker. If you are traveling into the woods as a group, make sure that each and every person has their own bear spray and are ready in case there is a bear attack.
You can also carry the bear spray on a holster that is attached to the hip of the rider. This makes it easier to carry the spray and use it when the need arises.
Attach The Bear Spray To Your Bike
Many people are not fond of the idea of attaching the bear spray to their bodies. The reason behind this is that they do not like carrying extra weight on their body while riding a bike. In this case, cyclists can carry the bear spray by attaching it to the bike.
The majority of bikes nowadays come with a bottle carrier; you can put the bear spray there. Or you can put the spray bottle in a pouch that you can reach easily and immediately.
However, the best method we suggest for carrying a bear spray is to put it in a holster and attach it to the body.
Attach The Bear Spray To The External Pocket Of Your Backpack
The majority of bikers cycling into the woods, or the jungle have a backpack on them. A backpack makes it more convenient to carry essential things while cycling. If you are carrying a bear spray with you, then you can attach it to the external pocket of your backpack.
However, putting the bear spray inside your backpack will slow things down when you have to use it, and thus, the bear will get more time to initiate an attack on you.
If you attach it to the external pocket, then it stays within your reach. You can easily grab it within just a few seconds and take it out without having to move a lot.
While attaching the bear spray, make sure that you attach it securely. So, it does not fall down while you are cycling. This can put you in a huge trouble if you cannot find it in time when you are in need of it.
Attach The Bear Spray To The Belt Loops Of Your Pant
Another great way of carrying bear spray while cycling is to attach the bottle to the belt loops of your pant.
This method allows you to keep the bear spray within your reach and you can easily pull it out when you spot a bear.
Do not forget to make sure that the bear spray has been attached securely. It is better to attach the bottle to a belt loop on the side of your hip, so that is does not interfere with your cycling.
However, the only downside with this method is that it often collides with the body and can distract the rider while cycling.
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We have mentioned the two most effective ways of carrying a bear spray on your bike while going out for a ride into the woods. Make sure that you secure the spray in such a place that you can reach it within just a few seconds in case of an emergency.
Do not forget to check the expiry date of the spray before carrying it with you, and do not store it in extremely hot or cold places. Take the bear spray out of its place and remove the clip when you spot a bear. But make sure that you do not use the bear spray unless you are in your last resort of defense.