A bicycle as bug-out vehicle?

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3 Responses to “A bicycle as bug-out vehicle?”

  1. I like the thought of using a bicycle. I always say a horse is the best option and still think that way, but a bike would come close second. A few things a horse can do that a bike can’t would be to keep you warm at night with their body heat, swim across a river, go places even a bike can’t etc.. but a bicycle is definitely better than a car in my opinion. =)

  2. Thanks, to be honest the horse never came to my mind… but then one could reason that large parts of the world were conquered on horseback (and not on bicycle 😉 so I’d say it is a tried-and-tested method.

    After looking into the difference between riding a horse and a bike, I came across various sources stating a bike would outrun a horse. Cernunnos5, in his Youtube video, says a man on a bike can ride a horse to death in three days because humans can shed their bodyheat more easily (and, especially on pavement, a bike is very efficient). Other articles, like this article on bicycling.co.za, describe a cross-country performance which is about equal (with a small victory for the bike rider). But then, this is a highly trained bike rider and the challenge was more a sprint than a long-term race.

    I think, in the long run, it boils down to logistics. Just like a car requires lots of fuel, a horse requires food. I suppose it could feed on local vegetation but if you would have to carry it all with you (like you will probably do with your own food and water) you may run into logistic problems.

  3. Just another thought on using a bike; make sure you have some spare inner tubes and some other parts like a chain, brake wires and the like. This way you’ll be able to do your own maintenance if needed.

    Also, opt for a bicycle without suspension, this for two reasons. Reason one is that it is added complexity and probably the first part to fail. The second reason is that these suspension systems can absorb a lot of energy. Energy which is better directly applied to the road – in other words: they are less efficient than a rigid frame.

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