Bug Out Bike
So my suggestion is: Your Bug Out plan should include a Bicycle.
> Cycling is one of the least energy intensive activities.
> 20 km's or more can be covered easily;
> Should be suitable for daily use so that you are aware of maintenance issues;
> 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
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
(For special tires check out: http://www.dutch-perfect.nl/
(or similar like:
http://www.greentyre.co.uk/index.html tires without inner tube)
Seatpost: ERGOTEC Seatpost "Hook Evolution"
(Alu 6061 T6, 400 mm long, ca. 288 g, black sand, Safety Level 6, offset 15 mm)
+ Rear carrier
> Front wheel contains a dynamo which is used as a battery charger
> Paracord 20m (wrap around part of frame ...)
Nice to have
> Rear mirror
> 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)
Bike travellers pages:
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