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Old 06-24-2012, 05:47 AM   #1
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inflatable tubes for river crossings

im searching for inflatable river tubes to carry the bike across deep water crossings. ive seen them in use in a motosyberia.com picture on another part of the forum. basically it looks like a small raft comprised of 3 separate chambers which when inflated, carries the bike high and dry (on its side).
i trying to locate a supplier or any other information about them but not having any luck at present.
can anyone assist?
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:28 AM   #2
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These folks make a great product, and you may be able to use one of their existing designs for your purpose (and have the bonus of using it as intended for yourself when you want), or perhaps they would do a custom design for you? Just tossing this out in case you can't find the other system you mentioned.(maybe military in origin?)
http://www.alpackaraft.com/
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:26 AM   #3
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You could try working with a local fly fishing or whitewater rafting supply outlet. Some of the float tubes and catarafts are made to be light and portable enough to backpack with. You might be able to get just the tubes for a deal.





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Old 06-24-2012, 10:39 PM   #4
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Guess you would have to wait for the engine to cool down before putting it on the rubber tubes...
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:18 PM   #5
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Well, let's see. Arrive at big honkin' river on bike with hot engine - stop bike - get off bike - remove helmet - talk about the river with riding buddies... 5 minutes of bike cooling complete - inflate big tube raft things ...bike's really cold now...probably okay to go on the raft thing now.
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:42 AM   #6
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er guys....yes...of course you dont want to burn a hole in the inflatables so a cold bike is preferrable. thought that was obvious to all....
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:18 AM   #7
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Check out Jack's Plastic Welding in Aztec, NM - http://www.jpwinc.com

I am pretty sure they manufacture the Alpacka rafts as well as all sorts of their own products. And they build all sorts of custom stuff for government and industry.
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:44 AM   #8
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either buy some thing off the shelf or...go to a local inflatable boat service/repair/inspection station and have 'em make something for this use. these sorta places are usually found near comml. fishing ports. they will probably already have a few oddball tubes canablized from other inflatables . if it's a one time use, a cheap inflatable is as easy as it gets. has anyone told you about letting the bike cool down?
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:43 PM   #9
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See this website for good info.

See this website for good info.

Check out this ride report for them in use. The RR starts here.
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:00 PM   #10
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you can always just lie the bike on both side 1 minute each on the banks of the river to facilitate a fast cool down!
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:36 PM   #11
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how do you get yourself across the river if it too deep to push a bike across?
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:45 PM   #12
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um yes i have thought about letting the bike cool down first. common sense fact #1.
and if its deep deep water then i would swim with my bike to get to the other side. common sense fact#2.
thanks for the info people. much appreciated.
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:16 PM   #13
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Truck tire tubes. Simple and available. Make sure you practice. Use a throw bag to get line across. Make sure it will swing bike to a spot on opposite shore where you can get it back on dry land. Looks easy enough.
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:51 AM   #14
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surferbum, thanks for the link to the ride report and the guys that make the pontoons.
the ride reoport is something else. those guys did the best ever ride i reckon!
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and if its deep deep water then i would swim with my bike to get to the other side. common sense fact#2.
huh, guess i dont have any common sense cause if i HAD to i would swim across with a rope in my mouth then pull the floating bike across the river.
and even less common sense would put two or more guys on a ride that would lead you into a situation like that, and at that point one guy could swim across with the rope, then the two or more of you would trolly the floating bikes across one at a time with better control and dumb stuff like that.

if i had more common sense i woulda thought of trying to one hand swim a floating bike accross a moving river and not asked such a silly question.

thanks for clearing it up for me

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