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The Survival Bicycle

thullSurvivalists, man, they are endless entertainment. What with their always on the edge of collapse theories and total freak outs, amazingly designed webpages, and bulk sales of rice and beans. You have to give it to them though, they are friends of the bicycles. They are smart enough to know that when it all goes down, it won’t be a Mad Max battle for meager gasoline reserves, but rather we’ll all be (happily?) cruising down the streets on our two-wheeled steeds. To that end, survivalist sites often think deeply about what would make a practical post-apocalypse bike, of which we can derive pre-collapse benefit.

The bike and trailer pictured above, for instance, was built by a local Indianapolis rider who carts supplies, kids and basically anything and everything through the streets no matter the demands or the weather.

The site that highlighted his ride gives a rundown of considerations to make for a proper post-collapse vehicle. The comments seems to contain a lot of well thought out suggestions as well.

About Scott Spitz

Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

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  1. bigbenaugustMarch 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Seems to be it would be a better idea to use an SS bike over something like a Rohloff. But I rather hope we never have to find out which is better in that sort of a situation. :)

  2. chrisMarch 6, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Is that a vacuum cleaner? Does he filter water with it or something?

  3. ThuullMarch 6, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I was headed over to my inlaws to help with a power outage and a flooded basement…Their sump pump had failed…

  4. NateMarch 8, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    a much cooler survival bike


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