No motors this time, pure leg power.
Yes i know this will probably raise a few laughs from those sat in their fully stocked all singing and dancing 4x4 BOV's, but i am very interested
to here peoples opinions on bikes for bugging out on.
I am particularly interested in this as i have not owned a car for just over 3 years now. I was fed up paying the extortionate rates for petrol, for
car maintainence and just generally being screwed over by anything to do with the car....so i got rid of it.
Since then, i have used public transport which i love, but around the local area my main method of transport is my mountain bike. I do tend to go full
out when i'm off road....and i swear i hear my bikes crying after what i put them through lol. I'm due to get another one, so i want to make this
There are many reasons i like the idea of having a mountain bike as a BOV, main ones being....
1. They are cheaper than a motorised BOV, one payment and you're done more or less.
2. They are easy to maintain, and to learn to maintain.
3. Whilst not as good for carrying loads, you can still ride with a full bergan (done this many times) and you can have panniers for additional
4. They are quiet. If the SHTF and you needed to travel unnoticed, a bike would be the way to go if you were looking to cover a lot of miles. No sound
from the engines and all that.
5. No fuel needed to power it. I like this one because from what i've read on survival boards, a lot of people are hoping the petrol stations are
going to be open for business when society starts going down. It's great having a huge 4x4 if you have tons of fuel stocked for it, but i'd bet
money many don't.
6. They can be hidden easily. Definitely more easily than a large vehicle.
7. They are not limited to roads, which will most likely be monitored if the SHTF. I know that 4x4's are a great choice as they can also go off-road,
but i have seen more than enough Land Rovers over the past year stuck in bogs and ditches around here. That is not good if you are loaded up with a
world of gear and you suddenly can't move.
8. Lastly, and best of all, any use of this will keep you fit. Plus, even on a mountain bike you can cover some serious mileage a day if need be. When
your feet are in tatters from walking with weight on your back, you'll be gratefull for a couple of wheels under you.
So then, which bike to get?
This is where i hand the suggestions over to the board. I have been looking around the net today, and saw this....
• Full-size, rugged mountain bike deployable on almost any terrain.
• A stealth/minimal signature that is second only to a walking soldier.
• Off body load bearing ≡ transport of increased loads ≡ lesser reliance on resupply.
• Up to 75 miles daily range with low/no logistic support necessary.
• Folds to 36" x 28" x 12" in under thirty seconds without the use of tools.
• Easy to transport, you can take this bike anywhere – you can even jump with it!
• Low initial cost with little to no maintenance required.
• Equipped with industry standard wheels and components serviceable at any bike shop.
• Front disk brakes give rapid and stronger braking power
Now this is just an example. I would like to point out that it would not be my immediate choice as i am wary of fold up bikes for some reason.
I'm not fussed about it being all stealth and cammo either, the bike above is used for military uses so thats how it comes.
I just think a mountain bike is far more versatile than people might give it credit for. I know i can zip around my local area very fast, and once you
know the short cuts and back routes, it's great.
Plus, if you had to suddenly change your route at a split seconds notice, on a bike it's easy. In a vehicle it's noisy, it's noticeable and it may
not be possible.
So any suggestions for good bike features would be most welcome. I don't want to pay thousands for a top of the range thing either, as it will take a
lot of brutality that and i don't want to find it hard to replace specialist parts myself.
Even if you don't like the idea, i think it should at least be part of your gear.
Thanks in advance for any replies, and for staying awake through this.
[edit on 6/8/09 by CX]