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.
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 (trade off between steel or aluminium frame);
> Minimum 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.
(certain types/models are sensitive to theft;
My Bug Out Bike
My current Bug Out Bike is a modified Surly model Ogre
To make the bike more 'stealthy' it is paintsprayed
to matt black.
Wheels: Standard Aluminum 28" wheels with 36 spokes
Tubes: 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)
Front: Avid BB7, Cable actuated. 180mm rotor
Gears: 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
I have added:
Heavy Axa lock (lock it or loose it!)
Seperate Chain and Lock
Saddle bag containing
Tire repair set (Simson)
2 Tire Levers
A few pieces of cloth
A spare inner tube
Spoke wrench (check spokes regularly and tighten when appropriate)
+ Rear carrier
+ A heavy Standard. The original was fixed to the rear axle which made the bike fall over repeatedly.
+ A Bidon holder (there is room for two)
+ Removeable deflectors (orange) on the wheels.
+ Spare spokes
for both front & rear wheels (fit inside vertical frame part under
+ 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 contains:
> Flash light
> First AID Kit
> Tie raps
> Front wheel contains a dynamo which is used as a battery charger
> Katadyn pocket waterfilter
> Head lamp
> Extra front & rear lights (for driving in tunnels etc.)
> A windjack
> Identification with medical info
> 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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