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I'm becoming more and more convinced that possibly the most reliable form of transport for a post SHTF* situation is a bicycle. They can carry much more weight than a single person can by using panniers and bags, can be hooked up with a trailer for extra haulage, don't require a license, and are pretty damn easy to maintain and repair. As such I'm planning on converting this bike into a full on Bug Out Bike.

What does this entail? Well not much in fairness.

Firstly there is a little repair work that needs doing.

  • I need to shorten the chain. The chain seems to have been replaced at some point and wasn't set to the correct length as such it's way too slack.

  • I'd like to replace the front shocks with rigid forks. Much less to go wrong and easier to ride long distances.

  • I should give the bike a good thorough clean, but that can wait until I've got a week free to give the frame and forks a new paint job of Olive Drab Krylon.

  • The gear shifters definitely need replacing. Right now I have to fiddle to switch down gears.

  • The current wheels need truing, especially the rear one. I'll probably do that today before work.



Aside from maintenance there are some "accessories" that I'd like.

  • 36 spoke touring wheels or 40 spoke tandem wheels. These are much stronger than the standard wheels and will allow much more weight.
  • Racks front and back with two panniers for each. Ideally the front two panniers will be 10L each and the rear ones 20L each, giving me 60L of storage across them without having to use the top of either rack, which can have other larger bags strapped across them. My current BOB (Bug Out Bag) is 45L and comfortably carries my camping gear for three days. 60L will take that and bike spares with no problems.

  • Mudguards. I'd like to replace the current one which is attached to the downtube with one that actually fits over the front wheel. This can't be done until I put rigid forks on. A mudguard on the back would be good too, but both have to work with the racks.

  • A nice sturdy trailer. After the SHTF this bike is going to become my primary mode of transport for myself and equipment/supplies. Being able to carry more is a good thing.



So yeah, not much that I want to do but I still reckon it'll take me a while.

*SHTF may not actually happen. YMMV.
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