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    I have been reading about BOVs and I actually have my old Raleigh MT-200 mountain bike set up for SHTF and for local travel. It has an old kiddie trailer with the seat folded down and a plastic floor. I have a handle bar bag with a nice spot for a pistol, tool kit for issues, two large water bottles and a hydration back pack, rear bag and panniers. The trailer is good for over 100 lbs. I can walk from work to home in about 2.5 hours (half that if the bike sans trailer is on the rack), once home, I'm good. Does anyone else have a bike set up for this and have I missed anything?
    Input appreciated!

  • #2
    I think this topic was covered in-depth in an old thread, but it bears repeating....a bike may turn out to be the ultimate BoV in a post EMP scenario, and your setup sounds like a great platform to build on.....BTW, the broader the gear ratio spectrum, the better.......I'd also recommend using your trailer to haul a fully self-contained BoB setup, rather than just pack the trailer.....ya know.....in case you gotta ditch the rig....
    "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

    "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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    • #3
      I have to agree; one accident, one small fire on the jammed streets/freeways and they will be impassable. a bike sans trailer can be packed with over a hundred pounds of gear and pushed along, attaching verticle grips on handle bars and back by the seat make this easier.
      The road to serfdom is paved with free electric golf carts.

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      • #4
        My Bike

        I have bar-ends on it and they come in handy while riding and while pushing the bike along. While it doesn't have a suspension, it has the benefit of being very light for an older bike. I am working on setting it up with BOBs and a backpack. The panniers are a Godsend.

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        • #5
          Don't forget spare inner tubes, patch kit, and hand pump. The C02 kits are nice, but once they're gone, they're gone... Slime is a pretty decent investment for keeping the air on the inside too.
          A small set of tire spoons can make changing and patching much easier as well.

          Edit: Re-read the OP and realized this may be overkill if you're just trying to get home... Sorry
          Last edited by slowz1k; 12-02-2009, 02:55 PM.
          The 12ga.... It's not just for rabbits anymore.

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          • #6
            as well as a small tool kit extra links for the chain and a chain tool
            the pack that plays together stays together

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            • #7
              I'm a big fan of semi-solid tubes on all-terrain bikes.....they're a bit heavier, but I think it's a good trade-off....
              "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

              "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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