Ideas for SHTF transporta​tion

by M Dotson

Alright, we’ve got our Bug Out Bag (BOB) filled with all the essentials of getting from here to there safely. Flashlights, food, bullets and fire makers are all stashed in their own special place in the hopes we never have to use them. We have publications, tools and weapons we want to bring with us. It’s all been calculated and planned down to the last ounce. We’ve drilled and practiced until its second nature to grab the BOB and jump into our predefined spot in the vehicle.

We ensure the primary vehicle maintains that certain level of gas to get you there. You have a seat for everyone and you have worked out where everything needs to be in case things get ugly. You know who’s driving and who’s shooting. The vehicle is maintained at a high state of readiness; few extraneous items are left in the vehicle in preparation for BOB’s and bodies.

So, what happens when all these carefully worked up plans goes to hell in a hand basket if you can’t start your vehicle? What happens when that EMP hits the vehicle and turns it into a 2.5 ton paperweight? Well, now is the time to ask that question and plan for the answer. It will probably involve walking.

I’ve noticed that kids today will stand and wait for a ride to keep from having to walk. I’ve had my own children give me that look when they were told to walk. I also got a different kind of look from their doting mother.

If cars and trucks are disabled due to an EMP, or series of them, we’ll have to find a different mode of transportation. Older vehicles that have points and condenser will still operate. The newer ones might not, depending on where they are and the strength of the EMP. Planes may fall from the sky.

I’m no expert on EMP’s, but the point of this is alternate transportation in the event your existing mode of internal combustion propulsion is suddenly removed from your control. The most obvious choice would be a form of a cycle; bicycle, tricycle and you can even get a quadcycle. The most common form would be the bicycle, and a pair of high quality walking/hiking shoes

During the Viet Nam conflict tons of supplies moved down the Ho Chi Min Trail on bicycles. The Vietnamese would sling a couple of hundred pounds of beans or bullets on a bike and walk it to where it needed to go. Sometimes they’d tie a bamboo stick to the handlebars so they could push and guide easily. After delivery, they’d simply ride the bikes back up north to get more supplies.

There are small, lightweight trailers one can attach to the back in order to tow. There is also a wide variety of attachments such as horns, bells and lights as well as baskets and saddlebags. One can usually find a beater bicycle for free. The tires will be flat and dry rotted, it’ll be rusty and the seat will be water-logged from sitting outside. But, for just a few dollars, far less than what a new bike would cost, a new seat and tires can be purchased. Squirt a little used motor oil on the chains and repack the bearings with grease.

Additionally, one of the vulcanizing inner tube patching kits would be a must to keep on the bike. Amazon.com sells the

Park Tool VP-1 Vulcanizing Patch Kit for $3.50. It also sells a decent manually operated tire pump sells for about $15.

It may not be the first choice to get where you’re going, but it will get you there eventually.

Comments

  1. Crazy Joe in South Jersey says:

    This topic was raised not long ago on another site … and what to do ? What options will there be ?

    MY ANSWER THERE …. Look at the World War 2 films showing thousands of people heading away from disaster . They used wheelbarrows , baby carriages , horses pulled cars that had no gas . As the article points out bicycles are common and they are also seen in those War Films . Many just took what they could carry and walked .

    ” When there is a will , there is a way ” .

    • “wheelbarrows , baby carriages , horses pulled cars”- the common thing in those 3 are wheels.

      • Bicycles are a very good option. I know of some guys in Los Angeles who keep bicycles at their places of employment. They live 50 miles out of the city and have a lightweight GHB with a pistol. Their plan is to ride home on paved roads and freeways in hours before people know what hit them. It is a very good plan.

        After 12 to 24 hours paved roads will be filled with desperate people. For the long haul, I prefer a deer cart. They fold flat so they fit flat in your trunk, have solid flat proof tires and can carry much more food, water and supplies than you could ever carry on your back. They are made for rough trails and a heavy load. If you are looking at weeks to get home, you will need to carry a significant amount of food, water, tent, stove, cooking kit, sleeping bag, rain gear, extra socks, water filter, weapon(s) ammo etc. I would also include a $30.00 Baofeng radio in an EMP proof container that you could listen to get intel.

    • Rattlesnake Joe says:

      Nothing you can do to prevent planet X from destroying the world as we know it. You can try going deep underground…that might work but it might not. Better to build a space ship and get out of Dodge before those Texas cowboys hit town. Read up on Planet X you may still have time to finish Z. Sitchen’s book before it comes?

  2. A bicycle is a good option. Especially if a little effort is put into making it easier to strap on a load at a lower center of gravity. A bicycle also offers a small amount of defense. Not from someone with a gun but against a casual thug without a gun a bicycle can be advantageous. The police in the nearest large town to me (that means a large town with left wing entitled thugs) use bicycles effectively to push back against crowds and to keep them an arms length away.

    • Axelsteve says:

      Depends.
      If it is a good option now then it might when shtf. If you can`t ride a loaded down bike now it will suck then. My old boss put cubic money into a road bike and he thinks nothing of going on a 100 mile ride. That is not me. It would suck for me do a 100 mile ride. I might have to stretch it out to 2 or 3 days.

  3. Genealogist58 says:

    My wife and I are are buying a Mercedes Sprinter Van and becoming Rubber Tramps. The van is capable of stealth camping in any area and will go 500,000 miles if maintained . Using diesel has many advantages over gasoline . Thousands of Rubber Tramps are already doing this . Google van living and see what happened to many of those that lost everything in 2008.

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      Look at

      http://www.cheaprvliving.com/

      I always thought this would be a fun way to roam the country.

      But given today’s political environment and governments dislike for people that do this I dob’t know if it’s a good idea today.

      Governments must have us people paying an ever increasing amount of money to them in order for them to survive. Van dwelling (people that pay little tax) are not productive tax payers so they don’t like them. I can see local governments having their cops taking motor homes, vans and any other mobile home to sell it for money. Thus leaving the rightful owner stuck sitting there with nothing.

      As romantic as living on the road sounds, it may not be a good survival strategy in the near future…

      • mom of three says:

        Thank you for the link we took down a yucky mobile home, a year ago and put a 32 foot travel trailer, on the pad. It also has a bunk house on the property too. We’ve read that our county is going to start banning people having the travel trailer’s, to live in on their property, cheaper taxes. But because it’s a second property, for us and we own a home we might be exempt from this
        new rule.

      • Wanted o share the latest from Louisiana. During our flood citizens took to their boat (everyone down here seems to have a boat of one size or another in their backyard). They knew their communities and where homes were located…..they started the rescue right away saving people as water rapidly came up so fast they were trapped in their homes. They became known as the Cajun Navy. Now one of our wonderful government leaders wants to make laws….these private citizens who just stepped up when needed would have to have special training and pay for a license to save their neighbors. Can you imagine…..hundreds of people would be dead now if they had waited for government people to get to them….there weren’t enough firemen, police and certainly not the federal people such as FEMA. What happens next time…”I didn’t get my rescue license, so I won’t help my friend who is now sitting on his roof with his kids.” And if I did paddle my bass boat to his home and got them to safety would the police be there to arrest me or give me a ticket?”
        Big Brother is everywhere.

        • loclyokel says:

          Big Bro is everywhere alright. Just makes you want to scream, doesn’t it? Idiots & power hungry sycophants from the very start and it just gets worse the farther you go up the gov’t ladder. Nobody wants to see the repercussions of it but, OMG, this country needs a RESET!

        • American pacrat says:

          olivia
          It is because they did not set and wait like good little entitled do, where they would state “I need you to rescue me because I have the brain quotation of a dweeb”.
          NO… the good people in that area stood up to help their fellow neighbors and friends…….and of course BIG .gov is getting its face slapped, so they are retaliating.

          All that suffered need to sign petition to tell “whom ever is wanting this license to kiss your Louisiana back sides. Do not push back….shove them(or shovel them)back to the outhouse whence they came. Your area rocks with wonderful folks.

  4. Chuck Findlay says:

    I think bicycles are a must have item. But we need to understand their limits. A realistic bug-out-location should be no more then a days ride on a bike.

    Bikes are not realistic for distances of many hundreds of miles. Can they work for this? Yea, but it’s going to be a strain on anyone doing it and likely deadly as anyone with anything bigger then an air rifle can kill you and take what you have.

    If you have to go a long distance an auto is the way to do it. Have a bike packed with your supplies so you can move about once you are at your destination.

    A bike also works (when taken with your auto) as a way to go for help or parts for the auto if it breaks down. And for a last-ditch form of travel should your auto die.

    But really any movement post EMP (at least till things settle down) is going to be dangerous be it walking, a bike or an auto.

    I’ve read that in an EMP event it will be hit-&-miss as to autos surviving, many will die only to start again when the key is turned on. Some loss of electronics may happen (door locks, radio, power seats, things like that) but the auto will still run. But until we actually get Nuked, no one knows for sure.

    But post Nuke / EMP event where are you going to drive to? Gasoline will be as rare as an honest politician, there will be gun battles for it and if you are driving down the road you, your auto and it’s gasoline are targets. But then so will you be a target on your bike as post grid-down food is going to be even harder to find then gasoline.

    I sill think the Bug-out idea pushed by prepper books and Hollyweird is unrealistic in 99% of the situations we could see.

    A bit of planning ahead and you can give yourself a much better chance of surviving in place. Don’t live next to the ocean in a hurricane prone area in a city that is below sea level like they do in Louisiana.

    Don’t build houses among the woods in an area prone to forest fires like in California.

    Pick a safe place to live and you have a much better chance to survive without the need to become a refugee because you had to run from home with the clothes on your back.

    I still say a used motor home is the way to bug-out if you feel the need.

    And mount a bicycle to the back of the motor home, or put it inside it.

    • Hi Chuck, “I’ve read that in an EMP event it will be hit-&-miss as to autos surviving, many will die only to start again when the key is turned on….But until we actually get Nuked, no one knows for sure.”

      I’ve read the same thing, and that seems to be the state of research today: most vehicles (85-90%) will run OK, if not great. Some won’t run at all, but that seems to be a minority.

      And: We just don’t know for sure what would happen after an EMP.

      For people seriously concerned about EMP/CME, it might be good to plan for the worst, even if “nothing at all works” seems somewhat unlikely. The big concern for those who have done serious research seems to be the power grid, in which case gas pumps won’t work, and of course, neither will water pumps and sewage systems. Whatever the survival rate of vehicles, an EMP would be a catastrophe.

      The idea of transporting a family a couple hundred miles to a BOL after a major event is really scary, especially if vehicles are disabled. Unoccupied vacation houses/BOLs have a burglary problem in good times. If it took several days to get to one, the preppers might arrive to find it empty.

      A well-thought out choice of primary home, with plenty of supplies, and good Get Home Bags in the vehicles makes a lot of sense to me.

      One issue I haven’t seen discussed often: The need for at least some get home gear for other members of the family who regularly accompany one. Good walking shoes/boots, hat, winter/wet weather gear, sufficient food like lifeboat rations, whatever seems appropriate, because we will not necessarily be the only person in our vehicle if we are hit with a seriously effective EMP, or even an earthquake which collapses overpasses and bridges.

      • American pacrat says:

        Penrod
        I do wish to be nuked…..darn I would hate to be a glow bug in the night.

  5. I have considered several options but to “go home” I would have to traverse 1500 miles of mostly mountains. Trying to bicycle up steep inclines defeats me. I would rather walk. I see me with a big dog, shotgun, and a pack with a water purifier. A permanent hiking trip as it were. Stopping as I needed, foraging, and staying off the roads. A one wheel cart.
    Now you see why I put my nice 5 acres up for sale and plan to move a mere 400 miles from my family. I expect them to come to me and they are not good foragers.
    They are much younger and ride their bicycles regularly on hilly terrain, they could show up more easily.
    Even stealth camping would be better in my area. I like the van concept, it is best if something less than total chaos.

  6. j.r. guerra in south tx. says:

    . . . and if your destination is along or close to a water course, a small car top canoe might not be wasted space. Canoes can carry quite a load and negotiate shallow water courses. If roads become parking lots due to check points / vehicle accidents / fuel shortages, this may help you out.

  7. I am baking chickpeas into a snack today. I soaked dry chickpeas in wate 2 days and am now baking them in the oven. I make mine on the crispy side for longevity, so they eat a lot like cornnuts. A healthy snack.
    I bake them at 400°F, use my Misto spray a tiny amount of olive oil on them. As they get close to done, I split them into one pint amounts and add different spices. Popcorn salt, chili powder, onion powder, garlicpowder, dill, etc. For each batch. I seal in pint jars in a boiling water bath if I am making a lot, but have also done a short pressure can on them. These would be great for a bug out kit, easy to eat and lighter than peanut butter. For long term storage, I would pressure can.

    • do you grow your own chickpeas or could you use store bought for this. sounds like a great hunting snack.

    • mom of three says:

      How long do you water bath 10 minutes, 15 minute’s ? This sound like a great snack tho I need to get my canner back out of storage again. Love easy snacks like this and I love doing my own herb spices:)

  8. Mother Earth News had an article a few years ago about Wood Gasifiers to power a pick-up truck. Wood chunks (size of apple cut in half) when heated give off wood gas that can be piped directly into a carburetor to run a pick up truck. Found a web site once http://www.gekgasifier.com which is a steel pallet mounted gasifier that is attached to a generator. Junk wood in one end and electric power out the other. Sold a lot to 3rd world places. I could see having an old VW bus with a gasifier mounted in a trailer to tow behind to provide the gas to run that old VW air cooled engine. Sometimes it pays to think outside the box (no road tax on wood chips either).

    • Curley Bull says:

      If you’ve ever watched the TV series Mountain Men, you’ve seen Eustace Conway’s truck running off nothing but wood-gas. There’s an old WWII movie about a priest and orphans escaping in a wood-gas powered bus. I remember reading an article some years ago that that bus was purchased from a local already set up that way.

  9. Curley Bull says:

    I remember someone on this blog talking about a rather quiet dirt bike a while back and think that might be a good thing to set up for travel (bags and such) and keep in back of the truck. They get pretty good gas mileage and would be hard to catch. Just a thought . . .

  10. A bicycle could could also be valuable post EMP if/when one needs to travel 3-8 miles & time is a big factor, i.e. you need to get there soon. Also, if u’re going to count on bicycle(s), it’d be wise to store extra tubes, a tire or 2, & tool(s) needed for repairs.

  11. Speed
    Chickpeas are easy to grow, and I eat chickpea sprouts in the winter. They need a long growing season so have not tried them in the mountains.
    Today I used store bought.

  12. I’m going to bug-in under any circumstances. It isn’t a great location, but I’m too old to run & too ornery anyway. This is a question I’ve pondered for years & post SHTF if gas becomes unavailable, I will use my trusty steed to tip the windmills, wander the neighborhood, travel around, etc. Horses are slow transportation. Man can actually out walk a horse if the horse is being properly cared for. The cavalry used to ride for 10 minutes, & walk for 50 when on the march. That way, the horses were fresh if/when needed. It’s actually an interesting subject to research, those old cowboy movies don’t count, they’re all full of S***. But still, horses can carry a sizable load while being led.

    • Curley Bull says:

      It’s hard to beat a good mountain horse with a good pack horse/mule ain’t it!!

      • yep

        • Chuck Findlay says:

          I don’t know about the horse thing, I watched an episode of SurvivorMan with Les Stroud where he was in the Rockies and (I think a horse and a pack mule) he was saying it was more work taking care of the animals then it is by yourself.

          But I don’t know for sure as I never owned or even been exposed to them.

          • I have owned a horse and I’d rather walk. They are lovely critters but require endless food and care. In our instant world we expect to get a thousand miles in hours. I am okay with enjoying the journey one day at a time… one step at a time. My mom said once that we don’t own stuff, stuff owns us. I disagreed at the timr, but have changed my mind as I’ve gotten older.

          • Curley Bull says:

            Bottom line is “to each his/her own”! I also have owned horses over the years and found them to be rather easy to care for. They’re tougher than some think. I’m not talking about special breeds and/or high dollar ones. As someone else said, finding a good one for this purpose is hard to do these days (and expensive).

            • Horses are like women. There are the easy keepers, and there are the high maintenance type.
              I wouldn’t keep a high maintenance horse or woman, that’s a fact. At least any more. Too old for that.
              However, you can adopt mustangs and burros for very little money. Both are easy keepers compared to registered stock.
              All horses require some maintenance, but look at the advantages. A good healthy horse or burro can carry much more than any human. A mustang or burro can forage for food with very little supplement.
              Vehicle fuel of any type or amount is eventually going to go bad or run out. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a pre-80’s jeep and a newer jeep. My son has a diesel 3/4 ton.
              It doesn’t hurt to have plan B, C, or D.

  13. Nathanael in UK says:

    I keep Slime Slabs and Wilkinson (Wilko) cheapo version of the same to fix punctures

  14. Nathanael in UK says:

    Slime SKabs not slabs, stupid auto spell check!

  15. Question: Do they make sold tires for bicycles so you wouldn’t have to worry about carrying extra tubes and changing flat tires?

  16. Chuck Findlay says:

    A thing to think about (an unpleasant one at that) is if we do get an EMP event where the grid goes down and doesn’t come up and the infrastructure is gone. People (be it family, friends or even a spouse working out of town) we know and love may never be seen again for the rest of our life.

    The distances involved and the danger of travel or even trying to stay alive may be so much as to make it unlikely a person would be able to make a trip of 500-miles.

    And if by chance (say a salesman husband that travels for his job) the person does make it home (could take months) who’s to saay his or her home and family will be there or alive.

    Those of us that do work miles from home need to think about getting home, but also about how the family will defend themselves, feed themselves when we are not there.

    S carry stuff to think about, but it’s important to try to address it now.

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      I remember reading or seeing on a video that from the time of the American The Civil War and back most people did not travel more then 20-miles from the spot where they were born. It was this way through most of human history, only changing when railroads came into use.

      Most of us drive that far every day, take away inexpensive fuel and the grid and it will greatly reduce travel.

      It may be even more of a problem then it was back then as in the past there was an infrastructure that supported the use of a horse, that’s not there today, and also there are not that many horses for people to use these days.

      No grid and we all are going to be in a world of hurt.

    • If there were to be an EMP attack and certainly if it turned out to be as bad as many think it couldn’t possibly simply end there. It is and would be a nuclear attack on our country and would require a nuclear retalliation. Furthermore do you think it would be used alone like a punk throwing a rock through a window? No! If an EMP is used at all it will be in conjunction with a massive nuclear attack. More than likely most of us would die in the first few weeks and there would be additional nukes and even conventional attacks to wipe us out. There won’t be any “walking home” or bugging in.

  17. jay sharpe says:

    why not just get an older vehicle? there realy are a lot of them out there, old suburbans come to mind, if gas then a small V8 or straight 6 with points and condenser, you can up date the drive train just be sure it’s a 4X4. just remember, on electronic crap, that means a carberated engine, and a 4 speed or a TH350, for GM’s, or a C4. or C6 for fords. a military type hitch and a small trailer.
    buy a ‘sail boat hatch and install it in the roof, good firing position. if it was me I would weld in two spaced roll bars braced to each other and to the floor, also a roof rack, push bar and winch, don’t forget a good block and tackle, you can get that at a marine suppl outfit online, also don’t forget dual battery’s.

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      Coming from someone that drove a lot of old cars as I didn’t have ANY money after the X-Wife and the corrupt and very biased court system got through taking everything I had or ever valued.

      Old autos need a lot of work, they have rust issues in the body and frame, the break lines MUST all be replaced, pretty much everything is subject to breaking and could need replacing. Door handle hardware (inside the doors) break and is a royal bitch to get to. Gas tank straps rust and the tank can just fall out. Spring mounts and shock towers rust and break causing the auto to drop to the ground. Electrical systems break and it’s a royal bitch tracking down these problems. Many bolts are rusted in place so bad that it takes a torch to remove them, it’s like they are welded in place.

      It can cost a fortune to bring an old auto up the level needed for years of dependable use. Or you have to put in a lot of work yourself to save money, but that takes a level of skill few people have or ever will have.

      I am good at working on autos, I have done it since I was 5-years old. But these days autos are unfriendly to the backyard mechanic and the older ones have the issues above.

      Restoring old autos can be a fun hobby for someone so inclined, but it can take years to do it or a lot of money to pay someone else to do it.

      OK you have your 1974 Jeep that can make it through an EMP event. What good will it do you when the EMP took out the gasoline / diesel infrastructure? You have no way to buy fuel so you can’t drive it.

      But lets say you put up 2,000 gallons of shelf stable fuel (mind you that no one else has done this) and are sitting there with your SHTF Jeep and years of furl.

      Only a fool with a death wish would drive about when everyone else has no fuel.

      This is why an old auto is no better (and as far as work needed to get it in shape) then a newer one.

      • Curley Bull says:

        Chuck, I agree with everything you have said. However, for me, at least I CAN work on the older models. I have stated more than once that if I had the money to go down and buy a brand-spanking-new truck, I would use that money instead to completely restore (with some modifications) and older truck. But since I don’t have the money . . .

        • Chuck Findlay says:

          OK you can work on older autos, as can I.

          But if the grid goes down you won’t be driving it for the reasons I stated above.

          • Curley Bull says:

            “OK you can work on older autos, as can I.”

            Chuck, the way that statement is worded, I feel you took some offense to what I said. If so, I apologize from the bottom of my heart for it was not meant to do so. I was just stating that I can work on the “Pre-computer” vehicles, but not the new ones. I grew up on the 283s and 327s and transitioned to the 350s. I know what can be done to those engines to maximize HP and/or MPG.

            • Chuck Findlay says:

              Chuck, the way that statement is worded, I feel you took some offense to what I said.

              Nope, I didn’t mean it that way.

              I was just trying to point out that in a world where there is little to no fuel no one will be driving around for 2 reasons.

              First there may not be any fuel for anyone.

              And second if you did put up a lot of fuel and drive around it will get you killed.

              • Curley Bull says:

                As I said in the first sentence, “I agree with everything you stated.” This includes the two points made . . .

                Let’s both have a great day and be thankful for just knowing each other.

          • I have been looking at ethanol, enough for a scooter maybe. Once things settled down?

  18. I had a good test for using some of my prepping supplies. My home was dry but surrounded by water for several days in the Louisiana flood. I had all the food and supplies we needed. Then went to a near by town that was 90% flooded to help family and friends. No stores open they were ruined, so no gas, groceries, no nothing. I used up all of my face mask, gloves, clean wipes (for face and hands at our rest periods) plastic cups, bottled water, paper towels, you name it and it had to be brought in from other places. Couldn’t even fill up your car with gas. No utilities, except water and it had to be boiled to use.
    The sewage, mold, and industrial waste soaked into walls, all furniture, bedding, dishes, all appliances, family photos, everything…. So we had to wear boots and mask and gloves in heat over 90 degree and high humidity. The smell was horrible. Even the yard was muddy.
    Any scratch or cut could become infected in just hours. People are coming down with lung and sinus infections.
    I used dressings, alcohol, band aids, creams and ointment, depleted my large first aid kit.
    So, just a warning, you can’t have too much of the above supplies. I suggest everyone sit down and think of how you would survive in a real disaster. And remember thousands had no time to grab anything, including medicines, clothes, family photos, nothing……. Many had never flooded before and now sit in shelters with no car, no home, no clothes, and no jobs (the jobs are flooded and may never reopen), and depend on others for personal items and food/water. Most didn’t have flood insurance and homeowners insurance does not cover flood, so you better have a big saving to recover. Think about being removed from the window of your home by boat and dropped off at midnight in front of a store, not yet flooded, then have to leave there as water comes up, getting to shelters that might not have bedding for everyone, and you stand in line to even use the bathrooms. You pray there are showers and hot coffee.
    I am now down with a bad infection and can no longer do clean up work and will work in shelters for both people and animals.
    And rethink your supplies, all of us live in some area that sees natural disaster even if only once every 100 years…that is what happened down here. Apparently this was the 100th year flood for thousands of people.

    • God bless you for helping. When you’re in a bad spot sometimes just the fact that someone else cares makes as big a difference as any supplies they provide. Hope you’re feeling better Olivia. Just reading your post make my day better.

  19. Olivia
    Stay safe and keep up the good work. Sometimes things go bad and we do not control that. It is good to be able to lend a hand when needed.

  20. Always Forward says:

    Yes, they do. It’s called flat free or something like that. More $, but not compared to a flat at the wrong time. The bike stores will all know what you’re talking about. Get them now.

  21. draq wraith says:

    Been reading lots of things about shtf transportation over the years, watching folks on TV about that very topic.
    Bear gylles made a wind bike in one desert environment.
    Several magazines had touring bikes that can mount cargo. Yet I still found one riding on the roads had never seen purposely build cargo cradle in front and it can haul cargo in its own cage.
    In Africa they use cargo baskets to haul medicines to villages.
    In one town in America they only use bicycles to get around. Wouldn’t you love to see the speed traps in that town. Cops making siren sounds and pulling other bicyclist over on theirs.
    Seriously though. When it comes to getting out of dodge remember three things bicycles do not stop well in a rain storm, cargo can fall off and get lost or tangled in the chain. And you can only carry as much as you have stamina for.

    • Babycatcher says:

      And you have to make sure you have rain gear and fenders. For 5 years, a bike was my only form of transport. And doesn’t work well with two not so small children!

  22. James Batten says:

    When my sons who grew up in the 90’s rode their bicycles all over or town. To keep from getting flat tires they and their friends got solid spongy tire inserts the took the place of air in the tires at Wall Mart. I don,t know if they still sell them but if you can find them they work great.

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