Bug Out Bike

Bug Out Bike

In a post SHTF world there will not be sufficient motor vehicle supplies (gas, oil, tires, repair parts).
So a bike will become a primary means of movement for most of us. If it isn’t already

So my suggestion is: Your Bug Out plan should include a Bicycle.


> Cycling is one of the least energy intensive activities.
One can reach ones objectives on a bike much faster than on foot.

> Bicycles are everywhere and so are parts;
> They are simple to maintain and ride;
> Tools are available at low cost;

> 20 km's or more can be covered easily;
> Can be picked up and carried over short distances;
> Can be used as a scout vehicle;

> You can move quickly at night on a roads making very little sound versus driving a vehicle;
> Even if you don't ride it, it can be used to carry your gear;
> It has no licence plate by which you can be identified;
> You can customize your bike according to your requirements.

Nature, and survival of the fittest, does not reward high performance and high maintenance.
It rewards durability, low maintenance, efficiency, stealth, redundancy.

My Requirements for the Bug Out Bike

Should be suitable for daily use so that you are aware of maintenance issues;
> Combination of both on-road and off-road;
> Comfortable to ride;
> Fit for your length, leg size and weight;
> Rugged. I.e. won't fall to pieces in an off-road situation;
> Light weight but strong.
> Minimum amount of tools required for maintenance;
> Easy to fix;
> Meets all the European legal requirements for brakes, lights etc.
> Should be able to fit inside a vehicle or be mounted on the outside;
> Must have the ability to strap on gear on both front and end;
> Should have the ability to support different types of tyres (rims!).
> Must not have an expensive look which makes it vulnerable to theft.
    (some types/models are more sensitive to theft then others;

> Should be easy to maintain

Higher-end bikes can be a little temperamental.  Just like fancy Italian sports cars, some of the racing mountain bikes are a little high strung and require more specialized maintenance and tools.  A SHTF scenario is not the time to run out of shock oil or hydraulic fluid.

Bug Out Bike

Our Bug Out Bike is the result of ...

Frame: Surly models Troll and Ogre

Surviving on a bike will be a zesty enterprise, and not without its perils. Bicycles are simple machines that are extremely efficient, but all simple machines carry along with them the chance of breaking down. This efficiency can get you in trouble if your bike decides to break down far away from the comforts of the civilized world. If you’re going to ride your bicycles where no one can see, you better take gear that’s up to the task.  Troll is up to the task.

The Surly Troll was once a simple mountain bike frame with a few extras that made it nice for touring. The Troll has evolved into a frame that has been pushed deeper into the category of off-road touring. Its geometry is no longer suspension corrected, which gives it more room for a larger frame bag. Surly adorned this frame with their Gnot-Boost spacing, allowing you to use any mountain bike hub whether it be 135mm QR, 12 x 142mm thru-axle, or 12 x 148mm Boost hub. The chainstay yoke has been redesigned to be fully compatible with 26+ tires. The dropouts still allows to fit disc brakes, fenders, a Rohloff hub, and racks simultaneously. It also comes with more braze-ons than you thought possible – there are four triple bottle mounts on the fork alone (don’t get excited, you can only run one Anything Cage per fork leg), as well as two more triple bottle mounts on the down tube.

Troll is a bike that has one purpose – and that purpose is to carry you as far away from evil as possible.

Troll and Ogre offer the same ability to accommodate a wide array of drivetrains, brakes, and cargo-hauling accessories. The main difference is that Ogre runs on 29˝ wheels, the Troll on 26˝.

Troll frame highlights: http://surlybikes.com/bikes/troll/frame_highlights

Ogre frame highlights: http://surlybikes.com/bikes/ogre/frame_highlights

Moloko Bar:

The Moloko bar offers a multitude of hand positions to keep you comfortable and in control over the course of a long day riding over varied terrain. It also has plenty of spots to mount your various accessories.

Technical Specifications:

Bike Tubing Material: Chromoly (Chrome Molybdenum) Steel

This is a lighter type of steel that is stronger than carbon steel. Today, it is widely used in the industry. It allows the frame tubes to be made thinner, with butted or thickened ends where the tubes are welded. It has the advantage of being relatively flexible and gives a comfortable ride.

The frames are made of 4130 CroMoly steel. Main triangle is double-butted. Frame is TIG-welded.

Seatpost diameter:27.2mm (industry standard)
Seatpost clamp diameter:30.0mm (Surly Stainless)

To make the bike more 'stealthy' it is paintsprayed to matt black. 

Wheels: Standard Aluminum 28" wheels with 36 spokes
Anti Leak Tires

SCHWALBE "Smart Sam Plus"

(For special tires check out: http://www.dutch-perfect.nl/

(or similar like: http://www.greentyre.co.uk/index.html  tires without inner tube)

Rear: Shimano Nexus 7 hub brake (reverse pedal)
Avid BB7, Cable actuated. 180mm rotor

Standard Shimano Nexus 7 Gear.
This type is very durable.
Shifting between gears is very smooth and direct.
Very complete maintenance instructions are available here: http://sheldonbrown.com

Seatpost: ERGOTEC Seatpost "Hook Evolution"

(Alu 6061 T6, 400 mm long, ca. 288 g, black sand, Safety Level 6, offset 15 mm)

Saddle: Brooks

ABUS lock
Seperate Chain and Lock

Saddle bag containing
Tire repair set
        Sanding Paper
2 Tire Levers
        A few pieces of cloth
A spare inner tube

        Spoke wrench (check spokes regularly and tighten when appropriate)
        Essential Tools

+ Rear carrier

+ Fenders

+ A heavy Standard.
+ A Bidon holder (there is room for two)

+ Pump
+ Removeable deflectors (orange) on the wheels.

+ Spare spokes for both front & rear wheels (fit inside vertical frame part under saddle pin)
+ 2 Standard side bags (fit into a Curver Box which in turn fit on the biketrailer)
+ Steering bag connector

The steering bag is a grab bag. It
    > Spare inner tube
    > Flash light
    > Soap
    > First AID Kit

    > Tie raps

> Front wheel contains a dynamo which is used as a battery charger

Optional requirements

For grabs:
Katadyn pocket waterfilter
> Head lamp

> Extra front & rear lights (for driving in tunnels etc.)
> A windjack
> Identification with medical info
> Food

> Paracord 20m (wrap around part of frame ...)

Nice to have

> Rear mirror

> E-works charger for USB via batterypack (http://www.bumm.de/produkte/e-werk/e-werk.html)

> Electrification of front and/or rear wheel is an option.

The special bike trailer for my Bug Out Bike can be stored easily in my BOV.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7HwmpUgIMM&feature=related  Bug Out Bike video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckvF5I_BWWc&feature=related Another Bug Out Bike Special

http://www.dutch-perfect.nl/ Special Bicycle tires






http://www.carouseldesignworks.com/   Special bags

http://swhs.home.xs4all.nl/fiets/tests/index_nl.htm   All kinds of usefull tests (Dutch Only)

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Subpages (1): Bicycle repair