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Old 08-08-2020, 10:14 AM
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At my age, if I cannot drive there by truck or SUV then I stay at home. The additional security risk of a slow-moving, very frail, and little load carrying capacity of a bicycle in any form means I have waited too long for reaching my BOL.

99% of BOL has little risk of survival intact if SHTF, I will bet other local people around your BOL, knows it, and will strip it to the bare bones or occupy it before you get there.
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When i think of going anywhere for a bug out location it is a minimum of a 2-4 hour drive by motor vehicle..

same distance by push bike, would be 3-7 days..

with some type of motor assist given there is a mountain range 25% grade up hill...
Where is there 25%?

I rode a century in NO which had 19%, called "heartbreak hill", but haven't seen a grade of 20% anywhere and i live in Colorado, so curious, thanks
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I think a bike is a great survival tool. Useful for quiet travel, load hauling with a trailer.

Having the ability to hook up other stuff to it via a chain or belt. Meat/grain grinder, washing machine, generator/alternator, metal grinder/saw, water/air pump, small metal/wood lathe.
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I have bikes , but i prefir motorcycles.
In the event I am forced to abandon my home and it cnanot be done by truck and trailer or the motorcycle I have built a 4 wheel cart that can be drawn behind a bicycle or I can walk it.
Chances are I'd end up walking the cart.
I developed it from an old wheel chair and it has airless tires so punctures are out of the question. the chair it's self was designed for 300# which is more than enough, and I reconfigured the axil to work with a differnt frame made of electrical conduit andthe joints they use for awnings. This way I can reconfigure it to any thing I need temporarily and later rebuild it as a cart and move on.
Currently I use the cart on the property moving debrris around and fire wood and such , I am very happy with it. Chances are during an event no matter what you start with you will end up on foot, no ones fault, it is what it is.
How much food and gear and guns and ammo can you cary and how long can you last among thousands of other people trying to live off the land as well? Dont think your the only one with the same idea.
I hope it never comes to this.
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They’re pretty slow.
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They’re pretty slow.
Compared to what? I'm sure I can ride faster than you can walk/run.
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In a mild crisis, where the ROL remains intact, I have other vehicles and lots of (years of) fuel for them.

In a severe crisis, where the ROL had failed, I would consider travel by bicycle too risky. They need roads or at least trails and require concentration while riding that is contrary to maintaining situational awareness of what is around you, off the trail. That all makes them too easy to ambush.

In a severe crisis, I would either travel on foot, tactically, cross country and avoiding trails or tactically in multi vehicle patrols (armed for bear).

I find it hard to envisage some middle ground type crisis where a bicycle would actually fit and be an optimal/safe choice.
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Compared to what? I'm sure I can ride faster than you can walk/run.
Compared to a Jav SST.
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I prefer my bikes with two cylinders. One is 88 cubic inches, the other is 93.
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At my age, if I cannot drive there by truck or SUV then I stay at home. The additional security risk of a slow-moving, very frail, and little load carrying capacity of a bicycle in any form means I have waited too long for reaching my BOL.

99% of BOL has little risk of survival intact if SHTF, I will bet other local people around your BOL, knows it, and will strip it to the bare bones or occupy it before you get there.
A very good reason to live at your BOL full time.
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I've got three bikes hanging in the garage that have not been ridden in at least 6 years.

This thread is a reminder to me that I need them maintenanced and ship-shape.

Because.... I believe the bicycle could be critically important.
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In a mild crisis, where the ROL remains intact, I have other vehicles and lots of (years of) fuel for them.

In a severe crisis, where the ROL had failed, I would consider travel by bicycle too risky. They need roads or at least trails and require concentration while riding that is contrary to maintaining situational awareness of what is around you, off the trail. That all makes them too easy to ambush.

In a severe crisis, I would either travel on foot, tactically, cross country and avoiding trails or tactically in multi vehicle patrols (armed for bear).

I find it hard to envisage some middle ground type crisis where a bicycle would actually fit and be an optimal/safe choice.
A decent mountain bike doesn't need trails or roads, we just stick to the MTB trails because the landowners don't like people creating their own, but there is no reason we can't ride off-trail.
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Old 08-12-2020, 04:26 PM
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A very good reason to live at your BOL full time.
Wish I could, but have at least 5 more years until the kids are out of school, as the county where my BOL is in wend to a single county-wide high school with up to 1.5hour bus rides either way.
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