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Off Grid Bicycles

Just imagine-- you are sitting at your computer, reading the latest news at MadisonsCPC.net or Lanterns.Buzz,  drinking your cup of coffee when it happens.  The power goes out, and you wonder how it will take to come back on.  You get up from your desk and decide to go outside to do some of the yard work you have been putting off.  Your neighbor comes over to you and asks if your power is out too, and as you're talking, you hear a loud boom off in the distance.

You turn to look in the direction of the sound and see a large plume of smoke rising up over the nearest city.   What has happened? You go back in your bunker room and get out the shortwave ham radio, and as soon as you turn it to the emergency station, you hear the following announcement: “Attention: all American citizens, this is the federal government.  The United States of America has been attacked by an EMP.  Major population areas have been hit, and the grid from coast to coast is down. The federal government has implemented a nationwide martial law, and your constitutional rights are hereby suspended. Marshal law will be enforced by FEMA and Homeland Security, and if anyone violates any of these actions, they will be detained without due process.”

Your first reaction is--  What? How did this happen?  What am I going to do?  How am I going to provide for my family?

You immediately take stock of your supplies. Hopefully, you've taken the time to prepare for any type of disaster, and you have built up stocks of food, water, ammo., and other essential supplies.    

There will come a time when you will need to gather supplies, it may be 2 months or even a year, but eventually, you will run out of things you need. The gas stations will not be working, and by that time, the fuel stored in the tanks will be useless. The nearest town may be 5 or even 15 miles away, so you will need a reliable for of transportation. A car or truck is great as long as it will run.  But if there is an EMP, it probably won't run, and eventually, there won't be any fuel. This is why I've decided to use my bicycle as my "off grid-vehicle." 

The bicycle has many great attributes and a few negatives, just like any other choice of vehicle.  Some of the attributes to the bicycle are the following:  It has a neverending source of power.  It can go places where a vehicle may not be able to go, like off road or a difficult terrain that is rocky which is important because many roads will be jammed by deserted vehicles that no longer run, so you will need to be able to maneuver around them. You can weave in and out between all of these abandoned vehicles with ease on a bicycle. Additionally, it is much easier to find and keep parts on hand to fix a bicycle, than it is to fix your car. Maintenance on bicycles is much easier and faster than on vehicles also.  

The bicycle does have its shortcomings.  Since we are the power behind the bicycle if we're are not in good shape, then we are not going to get far.  Also, the range of travel is limited not by the miles per gallon, but by our body's energy so we would need to consume more energy in order to go farther distances. In other words, more miles equals more calories consumed. The bicycle does have a limited speed it can go, so if a person needs to make a quick get away from a threat, it's not difficult if the threat is on foot and unarmed, but if not, watch the movie "Mad Max," and you'll understand. Lastly,  a bicycle can carry a good amount of weight but not like a vehicle, and there is no way you can go grocery shopping and put everything on a bicycle.  

Even with all these shortfalls of a bicycle, I still choose a bicycle as my off grid-vehicle. 

So what is my setup for my off grid bicycle?  First, the main part, the bicycle, is a 27 gear mountain bike with 26 x 1.75 tires. The tread is a combination of slick with side traction. This type of tire is great for both road and off-road situations.  It has a rear rack with a planner to hold my essential gear for survival and defense. There is a water bottle cage to hold one large water bottle and a frame mounted air pump. In order for me to be able to carry back items that I find, I'll take a small backpack and a cargo bag for the top of the rear rack. This will give me enough space to bring back at least two or three days worth of supplies. I also have a handgun holster attached to my bicycle frame.  Here is my Youtube video of my off grid bicycle and its setup:  

Think about it, when that SHTF happens and there is no more gasoline or your vehicle does not run, there is always bicycle. If you choose the bicycle, now is the time to ride it and get into shape, because when the day comes and you have not prepared for it, you are going to be in a world of hurt, literally I mean it, a world of hurt!  It's better to be prepared and have nothing ever happen than to be caught unaware.

Curt Andrew

Second Amendment Advocate an Avid Cyclist  

Please check out my Youtube channel.

 

Written by Curt Andrews

2 Responses

Very well done. I was going to add a basket in addition to saddle bags.

That is a good idea, I just don't have one because item bounce out of the basket when I ride that is why I choose bags that can be zipped closed. Another thing I am checking out is a bicycle trailer that can be attached and reattached quickly. Thank you for reading my and watching materials.

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