Using bicycles if shtf

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Re: Using bicycles if shtf

Post by ForgeCorvus » Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:01 pm

You buy that trailer ?
Could you let us know how much and where from ?
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Re: Using bicycles if shtf

Post by Hoipoloi » Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:23 pm

£60 off ebay:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Foldable- ... 565c24eb4a

Advert says it weighs 11kg but it's actually 12.3kg
My prepping consists of bugging out by bicycle so any comments are likely to be based on that scenario.

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Post by poppypiesdad » Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:44 pm

Could you , if for some reason the bike goes kaput , pull it by hand ?

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Re: Using bicycles if shtf

Post by Hoipoloi » Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:55 pm

poppypiesdad wrote:Could you , if for some reason the bike goes kaput , pull it by hand ?

Jamie
Yes, I've tried pulling it along by hand and there's enough room so that it doesn't catch your feet. The trailer will be high at the front while pulling it but as long as the cargo weight is reasonably balanced it is quite comfortable to pull.
While the front end (tow bar) would be high, the rear is still clear of the ground by a few inches. At least it is for me at 5'10" tall.
My prepping consists of bugging out by bicycle so any comments are likely to be based on that scenario.

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Re: Using bicycles if shtf

Post by mongrel » Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:55 pm

Great looking bike, only addition I would suggest is a USB Power Bicycle/Bike Dynamo Charger, get them from Ebay for £20 odd, great for powering sat/nav phone etc, or as I use a usb battery charger, always got charged batteries for my headlamp when camping.

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Re: Using bicycles if shtf

Post by Hoipoloi » Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:21 pm

mongrel wrote:Great looking bike, only addition I would suggest is a USB Power Bicycle/Bike Dynamo Charger,
I have a hub dynamo on my other bike which is superb, but, on my INCH bike I don't think I'd be going far/fast enough to be of any use.
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Re: Using bicycles if shtf

Post by ojiu0u4 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:37 pm

I think your bike and trailer looks awesome! And totally fun for weekends away for fun in the country as well (I will fit a dog trailer to mine :D ). I like as well, if combined with a bike rack and car, it gives another level of fall back in terms of transport speed and load capacity going car (with emergency bag, back pack bob, bike panier bags front and back, bike trailer bag, car bag) dropping down through the levels trougth to running for life having dumped everything except emergency bag. I like the stealth aspect very much for moving around and accessing foot paths.

Also on the general fun camping, can drive to Scottish park, dump car, cycle further in and set wild camp and then hike around with the dog, rather than having to yomp everything in on my back from the car park. sweet!

I am putting a bike on my list :D
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Re: Using bicycles if shtf

Post by DKR » Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:32 am

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These panniers hold as much as my large ALICE ruck and a bit more. The bag on top holds the stove, FAK and bike tools. The odd pack on the handle bars hold about 4 days of food.

If pedaling all day long (common here in Alaska) you can easily burn 5K or more calories.

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For fun, an LC-2 ALICE frame will fit on top of the Blackburn rack - the lot is held on with a pair of long straps.

Easy to carry a lot of stuff, very low key. Very much fun when it isn't raining....

The bicycle is sold as a Sport Comfort. Basically a 21 speed Mt bike with more upright seating. I normally run very hi pressure (90 psi) tyres and knobbies when off road.

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Re: Using bicycles if shtf

Post by Yorkshire Andy » Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:01 am

DKR wrote:Image

These panniers hold as much as my large ALICE ruck and a bit more. The bag on top holds the stove, FAK and bike tools. The odd pack on the handle bars hold about 4 days of food.

If pedaling all day long (common here in Alaska) you can easily burn 5K or more calories.

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For fun, an LC-2 ALICE frame will fit on top of the Blackburn rack - the lot is held on with a pair of long straps.

Easy to carry a lot of stuff, very low key. Very much fun when it isn't raining....

The bicycle is sold as a Sport Comfort. Basically a 21 speed Mt bike with more upright seating. I normally run very hi pressure (90 psi) tyres and knobbies when off road.

Nice love the 7 speed chain IMO its one of the best set ups live span / reliability/ strength / mud Clarence...

I'm always snapping 9 speed chains on my mountain bike yet my town bike is running a 14 ish year old 7 speed SRAM chain

One issue with mud guards is they clog with mud depending on soil type

Again with cantilever brakes or v brakes amazingly simple reliable yet in the mud or wet clog and wet rims loose efficiency

Where as discs can offer more power and better in mud and wet but most are a pain in the arse to service in the field
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Re: Using bicycles if shtf

Post by Plymtom » Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:19 pm

Any ideas for carrying an air rifle or such like on a bike? An awful lot talk if wanting one especially bugging out, or would we be talking stripped down and put in a rucksack? Crossbows must be the most awkward thing to want to carry around, and Compound bows too for that matter, I know we have the offensive weapon laws to be concerned about, but in that scenario your bike/trailer even handcart are your home, I have to admit even though I'm not a bug out advocate for the most part, EDCs, BOBs, and Vehicles and what to pack are fascinating to me.
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