More and more people these days are preparing for the types of crises that have occurred in recent years (tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, etc.) and for the ones we have not yet experienced (EMP events, etc.). Much of that preparation involves storing food and water, loading up a bug-out bag, and developing emergency evacuation plans.
But I hardly ever hear anyone talking about alternative transportation preparation. Everyone just seems to assume that if they have to get out of Dodge in a hurry, they’ll jump in their car or truck and fight the traffic out of town. And that may be exactly what happens.
But what if your vehicle is destroyed by the disaster, or what if an EMP makes it so your car is unable to start? Hiking a couple of miles in the woods is one thing, but walking 25 miles with your family and everyone’s gear would be considerably more challenging.
On the other hand, if you have a survival bicycle tucked away in your garage or basement, you could use it to get to a place that would be safer in a relatively short period of time. The ideal bike for this type of getaway would include a trailer in which you could store the stuff that will not fit in the backpack you’re wearing.
A great survival bike can be capable of pulling 600 pounds at 10 miles per hour on flat ground, which is better than any backpack could possibly offer.
There are a number of different considerations to keep in mind when deciding what type of bike to acquire for a survival situation. Would your trek to safety most likely be an off-road or an on-road experience? Would silent gears for stealth be something you’d value highly in that type of situation? Would you want to make sure that your bike was small enough to fit in the trunk of your car? As the writer points out, the more unique your bike is, the more difficult it might be to find parts for it in a post-collapse society.
Do you already have a bicycle among your preparation gear? If so, what type of bike is it and why did you choose it? What features does it have that will aid you in a survival situation? If you don’t have a survival bicycle but are now thinking about getting one, what type of bike do you think would suit you best? It would be great to hear from you about this subject.