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Re: Why a bicycle?

Unread postby Massimo » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:12 am

Think of the sighting of when you turning the corner and you have a ranger on a bicycle peddling as fast as he can with a pride of lions running after him. :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

" Peddle ranger peddle"!!

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Re: Why a bicycle?

Unread postby Kicker Cat » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:47 am

For those who may not remember there was a bicycle advert many years ago with a person on a bicycle riding away from a chasing Lion - this was to advertise Raleigh Bicycles - can't quite remember the caption but is was something like "Only a Raleigh is good enough" (wording might not be correct but that was the picture) This add was also posted in several places in Kruger

With regards to riding the bike - most of those I have seen have a rifle with them.

In many reserves the rangers walk tracking everything from Lion to Black Rhino - without anything except perhaps a radio - those I spoke to tell me they prefer it that way and are not scared as they know how to handle the situation (I understand the rifles are more for poacher encounters than those with animals?????)

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Re: Why a bicycle?

Unread postby Emily86 » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:58 am

The advantages are that they are cheap but also have a low impact on the bush, it gives them exercise and I think it's testament to the great skills and knowledge the rangers have, they do all they do without the daily must have that most of us take for granted as we trundle along in our 2 litre carbon seeping metal machines.

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Re: Why a bicycle?

Unread postby ndloti » Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:40 am

At times the rangers cycle to a point along a road , and leave their cycles in a suitable location and foot patrol from there .
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Re: Why a bicycle?

Unread postby Senyetse » Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:54 am

It does not offer the greatest speed.


It is a lot faster than walking especially when travelling along a road. Makes sense to me to use bicycles then. For instance, the ranger at Hippo Pools near Croc Bridge rides a bicycle along the road from Croc Bridge to the pools every day. I'm sure he prefers the bicyle to walking. I suppose it also depends om the ranger's role, those who do a lot of bush patrols walk through the bush so a bicycle does not make sense there.

They've been using bicylces for years, it works well.
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Re: Why a bicycle?

Unread postby BunnyHugger » Wed Nov 25, 2009 9:57 am

Bush Happy wrote:Other than being cheap, why do the game scouts use a bicycle?


Hey BH. Nice initials there my fine fellow 'mite. 8)

A bicycle is the most efficient vehicle ever developed. Not only are they efficient, they are silent and "green".

Bush Happy wrote:You won't find a military unit on a bicycle now, would you? So why would you put a game scout on a bicycle?


Military's loss.

Bush Happy wrote:1. Tracking is better done on foot.
You can go slowly or more quickly on a bike and you can track from the bike almost as easily as on foot.

Bush Happy wrote:2. You cannot really go off the roads with it


MTB (Or Moutan Bikes) can go almost anywhere. They are incredibly versatile.

Bush Happy wrote:3. It does not offer the greatest speed.


Faster than on foot most times. I can walk on a flat road at about 6km per hour at a brisk pace. I can ride at 30 plus on the same road. But that's just me. Others can go faster.

Bush Happy wrote:4. You cannot carry a helluve lot on it.


You'd be very surprised. Obvously one has to consider the weight of the bike as well, but if I can walk with a 20kg pack, I can ride with one too. Might make certain instances or places a bit tricky. :?

Bush Happy wrote: 5. It's not the safest in Big 5 country

I believe there are better alternatives


If using a bike was less efficient than on foot, I think that the game scouts would rather walk. :hmz:

For example. I live about 1.5 km from our local Spar. It s far more efficient for me to ride my bike than go by car. (Greener, saves petrol and I don't get water and rust build up in my exhaust.) Walking is just not on. Here I use my road racng bike.

A bit (lot) closer, is the local petrol station. Short walk throught the field. Also much more fun and efficient to go by bike. Here I use the Hybrid whch is a cross MTB and road bike. Sometimes I just go there to buy bread and smokes.

Without any disrespect intended, humans tend to be rather lazy creatures and we always find ways to do something more efficiently. So it follows that if they are using bikes, it is easier to do so.
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Other alternatives are motor cycles but the cost is not just limited to petrol. There is the maintenance aspect as well. Then if there's a breakdown, can still push / carry a cycle. Bit (LOT) more of a challenge with a motor bike.

One can ride great dstances on a cycle. Just a few stops for lunch and overnight.

The big plus is the fitness that comes wth using bikes as opposed to other forms of transport.

And, if chasing a group of laden poaches, I can sneak up on them more quietly and quickly on a bike than on foot or motor bike.

But like that's just my opnion.
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Re: Field rangers on bicycles/motor cycles

Unread postby wachinda » Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:43 am

Besides the hippo pools where else are bicycle still used in the park
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Re: Field rangers on bicycles/motor cycles

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:46 am

Field rangers use them a lot wachinda. One often sees bike tracks on the dirt roads, and passes these rangers along the roads.
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Re: Field rangers on bicycles/motor cycles

Unread postby Crested Val » Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:00 am

Yes, I have often seen rangers on bicycles. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Field rangers on bicycles/motor cycles

Unread postby anne-marie » Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:30 pm

me too... usually by two... with a big gun :thumbs_up:


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Re: Field rangers on bicycles/motor cycles

Unread postby wachinda » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:13 am

Have never noticed them before . Will keep a eye out for them.

Is it not very dangerous
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Re: Field rangers on bicycles/motor cycles

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:58 am

It has an element of danger; but these guys are very bush wise and know their story. Its not like if you or I were to hop on a bicycle and ride around the park; we'd soon become lunch for some predator.
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Re: Field rangers on bicycles/motor cycles

Unread postby Philip1 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:06 am

:) It is unreal how relax they appear to be, when they wave at you passing them. :)
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Re: Field rangers on bicycles/motor cycles

Unread postby wachinda » Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:24 pm

Think I will stay in the safety of my car thanks
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Re: Field rangers on bicycles/motor cycles

Unread postby Tieroog » Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:14 pm

Saw a very friendly ranger on a bicycle near open dam last week. He waited patiently for a herd of buffalo to cross the road :big_eyes: . We waited coming from the other side. Once the buffaloes crossed he proceeded, we proceeded and we all waived and smiled friendly :D
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