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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ride a Bike for Survival Transportation

A European city bike, an example of a bicycle ...Image via Wikipedia
A friend brought to my attention a Canadian preppers blog post on the merits of a bicycle for survival transportation. The author rides his bike to work and back in Ottawa each day. He made such great points, I thought I’d summarize them for you.
* You can only stockpile so much gasoline, but you don’t have to fuel or feed a bike. You provide its power.
* No electronics required. Of course, you can use batteries for a headlight, but they’re not essential to a bike’s functions.
* A bike is easy on the body and good exercise, no matter what your age.
* Fixing and maintaining a bike is relatively easy, as opposed to a car.
* You can transport loads up to a hundred pounds as long as you balance the load.
* You can go just about anywhere on a bike, whether in town or in the country.
* With practice, you can travel several hours a day. Get away as much as 100-200 miles if you need to.
* Pull into the bushes and you’ve disappeared. It’s easier to camouflage a bike than a car or horse.
* You can attach various packs, saddle bags, racks, carts, trailers, etc. for transporting camping and survival gear.
* A bike is a good investment. A new one may cost a few hundred dollars but last 15 years. Of course, you can buy a used one for much less.
If you have back or other medical problems and have difficulty balancing a bike, click here for info on an adult-sized trike.

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