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Itís been mentioned in a round about way, but a bicycle will not be as useful if you donít keep your skill set up! (And your bike maintained!)

I got busy a while back and found endurance and skill degrades faster than youíd expect!

Keeping a bicycle in your trunk, or office closet is great, but donít expect good performance from either you or the bike if youíre not riding it time to time!

For long term use a simple bike is better! Iíve used a non suspended mountain bike for years as my main transportation and then several decades as needed with general maintenance and upkeep year in and year out!

Get something simple and straightforward then acquire the tools and knowledge to keep it humming!

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I think bikes are good to have around. Better than walking everywhere. But as noted by SheepDog68, it has to be used and maintained to be useful in a SHTF situation.

I like mine as a way to get exercise, especially since I don't like running unless I have to.

However, in a SHTF situation and assuming the bike is able to be maintained, it would likely be useful to figure out a way to attach a basket or something behind it for any scavenging or salvaging things one may come across depending on the situation.

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One thing I see get confused a lot here is the difference between post SHTF transportation, and a bug out vehicle.

I think a bicycle is a very poor bug out vehicle.

It's great post SHTF transportation.
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agreed Sheepdog...at my age...things are fading, whether I stay at it or not...balance is not near what it was even 10 years ago..let along in my teens and 20s when I rode a ton.
both my main pumpers are well maintained and I know how to, and have the tools, to keep them right...in fact, i grabbed my folder out of the trunk just yesterday (saturday), as I wound up at a fall festival event where my wife was working her rig and I went in to help as it was crazy busy..but parking for me in my car coming in later meant a long hike from a field that woulda cost me 10-15 mins...and i knew it was aback n forth thing as well, plus there are some nice trails (moderate hills) in that greenway...so it was an easy decision to park the car and pop the trunk...had a low tire...quick pump up and i was off n going in the time it would have taken me to reach the edge of the parking area, let alone the rest of the hike.
was feeling the burn a bit later when I took a ride for enjoyment on one of the trails that led down to the lake..fun going down, bit of work on the return..but no problem climbing the last of it in 2nd/3rd on my 18.
but to your point..if it just sat "as a prep" in the trunk all the time...I'd be darn lucky to make it the 20miles huff home under duress.
anyway..to Aerindel's point...bike might be what we have after the lights go out..I'll admit I enjoy a good zombie apocalypse movie now and then, but have no desire to actually live through it...my trunk bike is part of my get home options..not a bugout, not an end of days rig.
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My grandfather rode his bike daily into his late 80ís! Sometime before 90 he switched to a 3 wheeler and rode often until the last year or so when he started having a bit of trouble with it.

Heís mid 90ís now and slowed down a lot since he quit riding! Keeping active really seemed to work well for him!

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Depends on if you are still physically able to ride one.
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One thing I see get confused a lot here is the difference between post SHTF transportation, and a bug out vehicle.

I think a bicycle is a very poor bug out vehicle.

It's great post SHTF transportation.
I don't disagree. For me, my bike is in case my vehicle craps out "bugging home". While I can travel much longer distances with a bike than on foot, the bike does require slightly easier terrain to navigate than you could on foot. Bug home option instead of being on foot? Sure. Bugging out from home, vehicle all the way.

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Being a bicycle enthusiast ( I own somewhere between 50 and 60 at any given time ) I'll weigh in on this one. In a SHTF situation I feel a bicycle would be very useful but only if you have the ability and tools to work on it yourself and a good stash of spares. If you can't straighten and true a bent rim, replace broken spokes, set a derailleur, replace brake or shift cables and adjust them or adjust the brakes don't depend on a bicycle. It will be useful for awhile but sooner or later something will need to be repaired or replaced and if you don't know how and don't have the right tools it will become useless. I have friends who are professional mechanics and damn good ones but when their family's bicycles need worked on they bring them to me because they don't have a clue how to work on them and don't have the tools.

If you do decide to get a bike for a SHTF backup get a good one, no WalMart crap, and get a simple one, no suspension, rim brakes instead of discs and old style thumb shifters with friction capability.

Suspension requires maintenance and parts are not common. Most bike shops don't keep parts on hand and how many bike shops will even be open in a SHTF much less their parts suppliers? If you really think you need some sort of suspension get a shock absorbing seat post, at least when it breaks the bike will still be functional.

Get a bike with rim brakes instead of discs, in a SHTF rim brake parts will still be easy to find. We have a tandem mountain bike and it's not a light one, even with my 230 Lbs. on the front of it the "crappy" old rim brakes will stop it in a big hurry. Even WalMart carries pads for rim brakes and they're pretty much universal but not discs and there will be lots of old bikes with rim brakes laying around to rob parts off of. Disc brake parts are not as universal and even now parts are hard to find outside of a bike shop.

Old style thumb shifters are nearly indestructible and in friction mode they don't care what brand or type of derailleur is on the other end of the shift cable.

Forget Slime in the tires, with the high pressures run in even "low" pressure mountain bike tires Slime sprays everywhere, gets all over the bike and you usually still have a flat tire to deal with. Good quality puncture resistant tires, tire liners or HD thorn resistant tubes or any combination of the 3 is your best bet and even then carry extra tubes, patch kits and TWO tire pumps. "Two is one, one is none." The Co2 inflators are handy but once the cartridge is empty that's it and those will become scarce in a SHTF. On a recreational ride I have at the very least a spare tube, patch kit, a Co2 inflator AND a pump.

JMO but I've built a bike or 2 (hundred) over the years......
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A bicycle is, easily, 3x as efficient as walking.

How come now people don't embrace a ghbike? For the cost of an extreme ghb, you can buy a folding bike to keep in your car.

If you work more than 10-15 miles from home and have completely dismissed a bike, then you're not serious about survival.
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How'about 3 wheels. Built back 2011 sans electric, added 350W kick scooter components from yard sale one year later. 2 Dewalt lithium packs supply assist. Pedal the left side - motor the right for 2WD. Geared for legal moped speed (30mph). Still riding it today.
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My non-prepper brother is into bikes big time, high end road bikes mostly. He picks them up and makes a decent buck refurbishing them. He's going on 62, but in great shape. He will do 15-20 miles a day a few days a week.

He found me an old Schwinn 7-speed regular old bike. He trued up the wheels and got everything going for it, I bought new tires and tubes for it. Now is the time where it comes in handy for exercise... it reminds me that I really have not ridden a bike since I got my 1st car at 18...

They are just something to fall back on in a pinch. You can cover a lot of miles quickly and silently once you get back into shape.
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Trek mountain bike entry level as a survival tool
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Trek mountain bike entry level as a survival tool
I have a 20 year old trek that I bought a year ago for $25. I put on new tires,tubes and saddle (Brooks b17 leather... Best saddle ever).

No one really needs to spend much on a bike.
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I have a couple mountain bikes that I bought at garage sales. I fixed what needed fixing and replaced what needed replaced. Then I scratched up the chrome and painted the rest in dark flat paints. The rain did the rest. Mechanically sound but pretty bland looking.

I ride mine alot when its warm.
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Itís been mentioned in a round about way, but a bicycle will not be as useful if you donít keep your skill set up! (And your bike maintained!)
It's not the skill that needs maintaining. Its the butt. It is possible to jump on a bike and pedal 30 miles at once. The next day will be interesting though.

I have a friend who does several 30-60 mile fun rides every week during summer and every spring it's the same whining afterwards when he "forgets" to take it easy after sun shines for the first time.

My suggestion is if you plan to have a bugout bike in your car or whatever - get another one and ride it around every now and then. Personally I woud get two identical bikes: if things really get bad you have one bike worth of spares around.
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If I had a horse and an auto and any financial constraints I would put it in the nice to have, but not needed category. I'd prefer - an old two stroke, points operated scooter or motorcycle, will run for years on a few cans of properly stored mixed gas for short trips.
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We are still considering getting a couple trikes for me and MsMacy. We will pull the trigger as soon as possible. Maybe with the CV19 check. There have been a few things in front of the trikes that have held us back. Then we have had to raid the budget and are currently avoiding unnecessary spend for a few more weeks.

Our wish list is long and prioritized.
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Very useful, If the individual driving it is in shape of course.

I had my mountain bike mounted in my BOV for a time. It was always in the way and my BOV is also my daily driver so I removed it.

Bicycle touring is basically camping but with a bike instead of hiking.
Good practice for a situation.
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