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View Poll Results: During a Zombie Apocalypse
I would use my cycle. 10 71.43%
I would use another mode of transportation. 4 28.57%
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Old 06-13-10, 03:43 AM   #1
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I am the head researcher for the Omaha Zombie Research society (you can find us on Facebook or at undeadair.com) and we do a series of 100 word tips, short ideas for things that may help in a zombie apocalypse (or really any catastrophe where first responders would not be available.)

I'd like to get serious views of why/if bicycles would be a useful tool during a "Classic" zombie outbreak (Romero style, slow zombies, infectious bites.) We are very serious about our research, so I'm here to get some points of view from enthusiasts before I make my final decision, and gain supporting data from experts.

Would you (if in this strange hypothetical) use your cycle? Why? If not why not? Any articles that back up claims would be helpful.
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Old 06-13-10, 10:03 AM   #2
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Well, many bicyclists assume that motorists are zombies. So take it from there.
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I think most motorists would agree with you, lol. Between texting drivers, eating drivers, drunk drivers, and drivers who consider the bicycle lane "Extra shoulder." I got hit on my bike as a kid, spun out my back tire, and ever since then I've been super cautious of both cyclists and motorcyclists.

Mostly I'm curious about how fast a non professional could go, how long, and the agility of a cyclist. Basically, could you dodge through a crowd if you had to? Also, again, the folding bike fascinates me. In terms of my genre (which is basically veiled survival/first responder training) dressed up in a fun way, if folding bikes are what they seem to be, one in the trunk could save a life.
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There WAS a more off topic place to put this. My apologies! I normally look for "Off Topic" haha foo is an awesome name.
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There are actual zombies who post here. I'm sure they'll weigh in with their opinions.
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I'm sort of fighting for the bike. We have a group that does research together, and they are very motorcycle focused, but to me 1) that's going to go faster than you want to go with things popping out of nowhere and 2) that requires gasoline.
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Old 06-13-10, 11:12 AM   #8
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Dude, steel is real, if I'm trying to sprint away from a zombie attack, I want to know that my ride will be soft and compliant. All of you weight weenies can bite me on this one, zombies won't mess with me because they also know that steel is real, I'll no doubt have the street cred.
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You've come to the right place. We take our Zombies very seriously here, and have discussed defense alternatives at length. http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ghlight=zombie

I believe your question needs to be narrowed down to a situational location. For example, if you were located at the center of a highly populated area, you might want to forgo a bicycle in lieu of a truck that can more easily force its way out of a mass of zombies. On the other hand, a bicycle in a less populated area might provide a quicker escape assuming we're talking slow moving zombies. While I disagree with Shifty that a zombie would have the mental capacity to discern a steel frame, I would agree that steel would provide a more reliable, and comfortable ride while making your escape.

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My bike wants me dead anyway.

But for zombies, you can't beat the ultimate weapon:



Use a wooden bat below 50 degrees though. They don't dent
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My xtracycle can hold more weapons and zombie bait than any motorcycle. It goes fast enough to outrun zombies, even uphill, and it's more versatile at slow speeds. If I spill, it's easier to get back up and going than a motorcycle.

I can even carry a passenger, preferably a gorgeous young lady in distress, off into the sunset for epic closure.
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I'd probably want a car or truck, since it can be enclosed - no drive-by bites if you have to force your way through.
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My xtracycle can hold more weapons and zombie bait than any motorcycle. It goes fast enough to outrun zombies, even uphill, and it's more versatile at slow speeds. If I spill, it's easier to get back up and going than a motorcycle.

I can even carry a passenger, preferably a gorgeous young lady in distress, off into the sunset for epic closure.
Zombie will take one look at the Xrtacycle and make an "L" sign on their forehead, they'll leave you alone. You and the cutie can proceed on to the supermarket, the big ride of the week!
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Guys this stuff is amazing (and the poll is really helpful. This will probably be a complete article instead of a 100 word tip now.) This is becoming a lot to chew on (in a good way!) Really glad I joined and asked!
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My bike wants me dead anyway.

But for zombies, you can't beat the ultimate weapon:



Use a wooden bat below 50 degrees though. They don't dent
Interesting point on the denting, my way around that is an aluminum teeball bat. I've got weight but you've got the reach to push things away and do better crowd control, and you're right, you can't beat a louisville for reliability.
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