Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

View Poll Results: Which vintage bike would you choose in the event of a Zombie Apocalypse?
Electroforged Schwinn 17 17.17%
Non Suspension MTB 55 55.56%
Vintage Road steel (531, Columbus, Etc) 19 19.19%
Whatever I can find at wal mart 2 2.02%
Old British 3 speed 6 6.06%
Modern Carbon Fiber, as I want my brain to be eaten by zombies 0 0%
Voters: 99. You may not vote on this poll

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-09-10, 10:06 AM   #1
Poguemahone
Vello Kombi, baby
Thread Starter
 
Poguemahone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Je suis ici
Bikes:
Posts: 5,057
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Which vintage ride for the Zombie Apocalypse?

Okay, another thread got me thinking: which vintage bike would you choose in the event of a Zombie attack? Obviously, you'd want a bike; a car would only attract mindless zombies, just like a shopping mall in Dawn of the Dead. Plus, you'd be silent. Even the Zombie Survival Guide admits this, and classifies the bike as the superior form of transport during a zombie apocalypse.

Now Big Boss Man has argued for an electroforged Schwinn, with durability as his main criteria.

Me, I think a vintage, no suspension MTB would be best, maybe re-rigged a bit with a different crank set up.

Obviously, new bikes will not work in the event of a Zombie apocalypse. I mean, you might be able to brain a few zombies with the shards of your CF bike after it spontaneously self destructs, but what then? No, you need something properly sturdy.

Please take this poll seriously, as it will help those in need make proper survival decisions in the future.
__________________
"It's always darkest right before it goes completely black"

Waste your money! Buy my comic book!
Poguemahone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 10:22 AM   #2
scozim 
Ellensburg, WA
 
scozim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ellensburg, WA
Bikes: See my signature
Posts: 2,795
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
I'll take the durability and flexibility of a non-suspension mtb. It seems like the zombies are already in my house every morning when it's time to get ready for school.
__________________
1984 Gitane Sprint; 1984 Gitane Tour de France; 1982 Trek 610; 1980's Univega Supra Sport (fixie); 1968 Peugeot PL8; 1982 Nishiki Marina 12; 1972 Peugeot PX-10; 1987 Trek 800 Antelope (touring/commuting set up); 1993 Trek 950 mtb; 1997 Klein Pulse Comp mtb; 1989 Peugeot Limestone hybrid (for touring); 1975 Gitane Olympic; 1983 Vitus 979; 1989 Spectrum Titanium:
scozim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 10:23 AM   #3
RFC
Senior Member
 
RFC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Bikes: many
Posts: 4,471
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
I just want something that will allow me to mount a semi auto shotgun with a 50 round drum magazine.
RFC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 10:28 AM   #4
scozim 
Ellensburg, WA
 
scozim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ellensburg, WA
Bikes: See my signature
Posts: 2,795
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by RFC View Post
I just want something that will allow me to mount a semi auto shotgun with a 50 round drum magazine.
I used to have some brackets for atv's mounted on the handlebars of an old rigid mtb to hold my rifle during hunting season. Worked great. Although some kind of scabbard might work better.
__________________
1984 Gitane Sprint; 1984 Gitane Tour de France; 1982 Trek 610; 1980's Univega Supra Sport (fixie); 1968 Peugeot PL8; 1982 Nishiki Marina 12; 1972 Peugeot PX-10; 1987 Trek 800 Antelope (touring/commuting set up); 1993 Trek 950 mtb; 1997 Klein Pulse Comp mtb; 1989 Peugeot Limestone hybrid (for touring); 1975 Gitane Olympic; 1983 Vitus 979; 1989 Spectrum Titanium:
scozim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 10:32 AM   #5
JunkYardBike
Since 1938...
 
JunkYardBike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Northwestern NJ
Bikes:
Posts: 6,208
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by RFC View Post
I just want something that will allow me to mount a semi auto shotgun with a 50 round drum magazine.
I'm not really up to snuff on my zombie trivia, but aren't zombies already dead?

I vote WallyWorld Schwinn, because isn't a Pacific Schwinn the bicycle equivalent of a zombie?
JunkYardBike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 10:41 AM   #6
bobbycorno
Senior Member
 
bobbycorno's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 2,544
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Vintage steel! Fight the undead with the undying!

SP
Bend, OR
bobbycorno is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 10:41 AM   #7
Poguemahone
Vello Kombi, baby
Thread Starter
 
Poguemahone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Je suis ici
Bikes:
Posts: 5,057
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Richie here has clearly chosen the wrong bike, and as a consequence, will shortly be destroyed by zombies.

__________________
"It's always darkest right before it goes completely black"

Waste your money! Buy my comic book!
Poguemahone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 10:42 AM   #8
RFC
Senior Member
 
RFC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Bikes: many
Posts: 4,471
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by JunkYardBike View Post
I'm not really up to snuff on my zombie trivia, but aren't zombies already dead?

I vote WallyWorld Schwinn, because isn't a Pacific Schwinn the bicycle equivalent of a zombie?
A common misconception. Zombies still have brain stem activity, so you need to either shoot them in the head or blow them to bits.
RFC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 10:48 AM   #9
20grit
Curmudgeon in Training
 
20grit's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Rural Retreat, VA
Bikes: 1974 Gazelle Champion Mondial, 2010 Cannondale Trail SL, 1988 Peugeot Nice, 1992ish Stumpjumper Comp,1990's Schwinn Moab
Posts: 1,934
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Forget the semi-auto and the 870 wingmaster that BBM mentioned. I want an AA-12 mounted on the front of mine.
20grit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 10:49 AM   #10
mkeller234
Rustbelt Rider
 
mkeller234's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Canton, OH
Bikes: 1990 Trek 1420 - 1978 Raleigh Professional - 1973 Schwinn Collegiate - 1974 Schwinn Suburban
Posts: 8,304
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Poguemahone View Post
Richie here has clearly chosen the wrong bike, and as a consequence, will shortly be destroyed by zombies.

Lol, well he could throw the hot dog as a decoy. Maybe he could slice the zombies up with his diamond tipped antennae?

Seriously though, that bike has obese American written all over it. Television, hotdog, popcorn, stereo AND phone...
__________________
|^^^^^^^^^^^^^^| ||
|......GO.BROWNS........| ||'|";, ___.
|_..._..._______===|=||_|__|..., ] -
"(@)'(@)"""''"**|(@)(@)*****''(@)
mkeller234 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 10:52 AM   #11
auchencrow 
Senior Member
 
auchencrow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Detroit
Bikes:
Posts: 10,330
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
I'd ride CF, because that way the Zombies would take me for just one more of them.
__________________
- Auchen
auchencrow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 10:59 AM   #12
Muttleyone
Don't be a "Drew"
 
Muttleyone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 594
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'll have to vote with the mtn bike choice. I already have my bike to use when the zombie hoards start to roam. I just need to put some ammo boxes and few gun racks on it.


Bring on the zombies,
Mutt
Muttleyone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 11:05 AM   #13
Muttleyone
Don't be a "Drew"
 
Muttleyone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 594
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I think if we sent the zombies over to roadie forum and all their carbon/weight wiennie bikes, they would die from starvation.

Mutt
Muttleyone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 11:07 AM   #14
David Newton
Wood
 
David Newton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Beaumont, Tx
Bikes: Raleigh Sports: hers. Vianelli Professional & Bridgestone 300: mine
Posts: 2,301
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)


My apocalypse bike is already stored in my secured warehouse. I have food and water for one year, after that, it's off to the countryside.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg spec hard rock coaster2.jpg (97.6 KB, 37 views)

Last edited by David Newton; 12-09-10 at 11:10 AM.
David Newton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 11:13 AM   #15
KonAaron Snake 
Fat Guy on a Little Bike
 
KonAaron Snake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Bikes: Two wheeled ones
Posts: 15,549
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 353 Post(s)
I'd actually go none of the above. I want a classic touring bike...essentially my Koga-Miyata...but with an IGH and generator hub on the front. I definitely want a GPS system so as to avoid getting stuck on a road that suddenly stops. Wide handlebars would be essential to keep the bag carrying the large gun and front low riders to carry an axe on one side and rifle on the other.

Of the options above, I go rigid MTB and turn it into a tourer.

I'm also wondering if the best frame might actually be titanium...it would be the most resistant to zombie blood corrosion.

Last edited by KonAaron Snake; 12-09-10 at 11:23 AM.
KonAaron Snake is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 11:15 AM   #16
bigbossman 
Dolce far niente
 
bigbossman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Northern CA
Bikes:
Posts: 10,777
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by 20grit View Post
Forget the semi-auto and the 870 wingmaster that BBM mentioned.
While I might concede a rigid mtb might be a better all-around choice (but a Varsity would be faster when fleeing), I'll stick with an 870 Wingmaster in riot configuration with a tube full of slugs. Why? Reliability. That AA-12 would be great - until it jammed or you lost your drum in the heat and thrill of sending those soulless ghouls to their final reward. I've never had a pump fail on me, or a SxS for that matter. But the SxS only has two rounds followed by the mandatory reload penalty.

But a mtb would be a better urban/rough road bike, I'm thinking.
__________________
"Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin, itís the triumphant twang of a bedspring."

S. J. Perelman

Last edited by bigbossman; 12-09-10 at 11:23 AM.
bigbossman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 11:16 AM   #17
Doohickie 
You gonna eat that?
 
Doohickie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas Church of Hopeful Uncertainty
Bikes: 1966 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist, 1973 Schwinn Varsity, 1983 Raleigh Marathon, 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS
Posts: 14,460
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 43 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Poguemahone View Post
Now Big Boss Man has argued for an electroforged Schwinn, with durability as his main criteria.
Durability is an understatement. After a nuclear apocalypse, all that will remain will be roaches and Schwinn Varsities.
__________________
I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."
Doohickie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 11:20 AM   #18
Doohickie 
You gonna eat that?
 
Doohickie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas Church of Hopeful Uncertainty
Bikes: 1966 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist, 1973 Schwinn Varsity, 1983 Raleigh Marathon, 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS
Posts: 14,460
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 43 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Poguemahone View Post
Richie here has clearly chosen the wrong bike, and as a consequence, will shortly be destroyed by zombies.

Where's that kid's helmet?!
__________________
I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."
Doohickie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 11:20 AM   #19
mkeller234
Rustbelt Rider
 
mkeller234's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Canton, OH
Bikes: 1990 Trek 1420 - 1978 Raleigh Professional - 1973 Schwinn Collegiate - 1974 Schwinn Suburban
Posts: 8,304
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Haha, how about this one! I found it by searching google images.
__________________
|^^^^^^^^^^^^^^| ||
|......GO.BROWNS........| ||'|";, ___.
|_..._..._______===|=||_|__|..., ] -
"(@)'(@)"""''"**|(@)(@)*****''(@)
mkeller234 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 11:21 AM   #20
KonAaron Snake 
Fat Guy on a Little Bike
 
KonAaron Snake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Bikes: Two wheeled ones
Posts: 15,549
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 353 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
Durability is an understatement. After a nuclear apocalypse, all that will remain will be roaches and Schwinn Varsities.
Gilbert Godfried and twinkies will also survive.
KonAaron Snake is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 11:21 AM   #21
mkeller234
Rustbelt Rider
 
mkeller234's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Canton, OH
Bikes: 1990 Trek 1420 - 1978 Raleigh Professional - 1973 Schwinn Collegiate - 1974 Schwinn Suburban
Posts: 8,304
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
Wear's that kids helmet?!
He couldn't afford one
__________________
|^^^^^^^^^^^^^^| ||
|......GO.BROWNS........| ||'|";, ___.
|_..._..._______===|=||_|__|..., ] -
"(@)'(@)"""''"**|(@)(@)*****''(@)
mkeller234 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 11:22 AM   #22
OzarkKing
Senior Member
 
OzarkKing's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Lake Ozark, MO
Bikes: 1987 Fuji Titanium, 1983 Fuji Touring Series IV, 1977 Panasonic Touring Deluxe, 1994 Mountain Cycle San Andreas
Posts: 53
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
In another thread someone referred to my Mountain Cycle as MadMax-esque so it might work in a parallel post-apocalyptic world if I mount appropriate weaponry. I would prefer full suspension as (1). easier to roll over downed opponents and (2). more comfortable ride to the cabin in the woods/cave where I can hole up.
OzarkKing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 11:26 AM   #23
bigbossman 
Dolce far niente
 
bigbossman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Northern CA
Bikes:
Posts: 10,777
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
I'd actually go none of the above. I want a classic touring bike...essentially my Koga-Miyata...but with an IGH and generator hub on the front. I definitely want a GPS system so as to avoid getting stuck on a road that suddenly stops. Wide handlebars would be essential to keep the bag carrying the large gun and front low riders to carry an axe on one side and rifle on the other.

Of the options above, I go rigid MTB and turn it into a tourer.

I'm also wondering if the best frame might actually be titanium...it would be the most resistant to zombie blood corrosion.

Newb..... relying on sophisticated, unmaintained and degrading technology would not be a solid long-range survival technique.

City boys.......
__________________
"Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin, itís the triumphant twang of a bedspring."

S. J. Perelman
bigbossman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 11:27 AM   #24
dashuaigeh
grad stud.
 
dashuaigeh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Austin, TX
Bikes: 1986 Waterford Schwinn Paramount, 1980s Schwinn Voyageur touring, Ciocc Designer #unknown
Posts: 702
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
Durability is an understatement. After a nuclear apocalypse, all that will remain will be roaches and Schwinn Varsities.
I almost did a spit-take. Can I request that I make this my signature? I'd go for the rigid MTB (quick acceleration with those 26 wheels, durable as hell, carry your guns and ammo on the back). I'm tempted to also try the 55 lbs single speed mentioned here. If it can survive war-torn Zimbabwe, it may be able to survive the zombie apocalypse too.

And may I say this is possibly my favorite thread ever on C&V?
dashuaigeh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 11:29 AM   #25
Fasteryoufool
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Texarkana, AR
Bikes:
Posts: 672
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I voted for the MTB also... and Mine's a Schwinn! Dual win!
Fasteryoufool is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:20 PM.