Zen and the art of Tenkara with mountain bikes

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Carbon-fibre trail bike, with neatly mounted fishing gear. A total outdoor adventure win. (Photo: Sap & Bark)
Carbon-fibre trail bike, with neatly mounted fishing gear. A total outdoor adventure win. (Photo: Sap & Bark)
  • If you like riding mountain bikes, chances are, you probably fancy the odd fishing experience, too.
  • But riding to a secluded lake, can be horrible, trying to balance fishing gear on a mountain bike.
  • A new mount from Sap & Bark, promises to solve all of that. For Tenkara fishing purists.

Mountain bikes and freshwater fishing are made for each other.

Most of the best freshwater fishing venues are isolated streams, lakes and ponds. Not easily reached by vehicle. And at times, too far for a convenient overland hike.

With a mountain bike, you can cover distances more rapidly, off-road. And easily journey to those ideal freshwater fishing venues. But what about your gear?

Fishing rods are rather awkward to ride with. But perhaps a more soulful angling choice, like Japanese Tenkara, is the solution.

Ride, cast, relax

A centuries-old Japanese version of fly fishing, Tenkara gear is light and flexible. And it can fold up rather compactly. Making Tenkara potentially perfect for mountain biking and fishing.

Showing the potential of mountain biking Tenkara, is Sap & Bark, with its new ikari C multi-purpose mountain bike bracket.

As gravel adventure riding and bicycle touring continue to grow in popularity, there is ever greater demand for more innovative frame storage solutions.

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The ikari C mounts using your bike’s traditional bottle cage bolts. (Photo: Sap & Bark)

Reduced frame scratch risk

Designed by active mountain biker and angler, Roman Rusinov, the ikari C is configured to be very practical. It attaches to your mountain bike’s water bottle mounts and can accommodate items 120mm wide and up to 75mm in diameter.

For riders who don’t want to damage an expensive carbon-fibre mountain bike frame with ungainly tie-down straps, to secure Tenkara fishing gear, the Sap & Bark ikari C is ideal.

With multiple strap mounts and adjustment ports, it’s easy to shape the ikari C for whatever you want to take along on a ride. And best of all, it works a treat with Tenkara fishing road canisters.

Made from a durable and flexible polymer, the ikari C weighs only 35g.


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