Bicycle

Apr. 13th, 2011 07:41 pm
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Recently I've been thinking about getting a bicycle again. I'm getting more and more peeved off with public transport in this area and I can't really afford to run a car or a motorbike, so a bicycle is looking like the best option.

It will allow me to get to work on time without having to fight with public transport, plus it should make me fitter in the long run. I should end up doing 16-18 miles every 24 hours.

Though I'm hoping to get a cheap 2nd hand one in the next week I may have the option to get a brand new one and kit through the cycle2work program, if my employer takes part this year (should know in June/July).

This also kinda plugs into my survival prep mindset. In an emergency of national proportions a bicycle is going to be the most reliable and efficient means of transport and should be able to carry up to 75kg of stuff strapped to it. Add a trailer into the mix and that adds to 100kg! Sure, I'd have to walk the bike at that point, but it'd still be much easier than trying to carry 100kg of stuff myself. ;D

So my plan is as follows; get a bike and kit it out so that it can be used if the SHTF. This does require some specific bits.

Bike Type: After researching different styles of bikes I've come to the conclusion that a hybrid bike would be best overall. That style is a mid-point between a mountain bike and a road bike and can be used both off and on road without problems.

Wheels: Standard wheels with standard hybrid tires. Very abundant and hard wearing.

Shocks: HAHAHAno. Shocks aren't neccessary or useful for long distance riding over varied terrain, only for short distances over rough terrain. In a life-changing emergency distance travel is more important. Shocks also make the bike less efficient over long distances as some of the energy used to pedal is being absorbed by them. I'll be totally shockless.

Brakes: KISS. I'll be going with caliper or cantilever brakes so that they can be repaired or replaced very easily. Disc brakes are a bit more complicated than I would like.

Gears: I've not decided yet on what type of gears I want, though I would prefer a smaller amount of gears, 10/12 or 6.

Gear Shift: KISS here too. I'd prefer simple handle bar mounted lever shifters

Racks/Panniers: Yes. Front and back racks for panniers and bags, and a trailer too, to maximize my carrying capacity. Though my current Bug Out Kit would not require anywhere near the space I'd have available it's likely that the extra cargo space will be needed for haulage.

A video I saw on YouTube pointed a lot of this out to me but also highlighted that the current urban survival experts are the homeless, which makes sense.
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