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Old 09-25-17, 09:11 PM
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Bicycle for earthquake preparedness

Extensive show on prepping for the big one (California)

pointed out that in the aftermath, roads are likely clogged with traffic and debris

making it more or less impossible to say, pick up your kids in a car.

Keep that bike handy!
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Bike and bike trailer -- or a motorcycle -- would be the best mode of transportation in some disaster situations.

I've long thought that if D.C. (where I live) ever evacuated, the only way I could get my dog and I out of the Beltway in a reasonable amount of time was via bike and her dog trailer.

Her "Doggyride" trailer, replete with luggage rack, which also works as a stroller and a crate (the wheels pop off and the bottom is flat):

DoggyRide Novel10 dog bike trailer

Photos of the trailer in use are at the bottom of this page:

https://www.thegidg.com/Bikejoring_Gear.html


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Old 09-26-17, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
Extensive show on prepping for the big one (California)

pointed out that in the aftermath, roads are likely clogged with traffic and debris

making it more or less impossible to say, pick up your kids in a car.

Keep that bike handy!
Ironic, since the last two California earthquake movies I saw suggest helicopters, airplanes and personal watercraft are the way to go.

Even without an earthquake many roads are already clogged with traffic and debris. Just one of the reasons I bike commute.
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Old 09-26-17, 07:44 AM
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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
making it more or less impossible to say, pick up your kids in a car.

Keep that bike handy!
I don't expect most folks are going to be able to pick up kids on a bike and make it too far with gear and the kid. Especially so if you are using a trailer, you've lost a lot of the zig-zag mobility that makes bikes relevant in a crowded urban mess. I'm not too sure I'd want younger kids riding bikes in a disaster situation, either
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Old 09-28-17, 02:37 PM
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When I first saw this thread, I was expecting a discussion of MTB suspension options

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Old 09-28-17, 06:18 PM
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I used mine after the big earthquake in Japan in 2011. Tokyo suffered from rolling blackouts, so from time to time the trains would stop running, which could leave me stranded far from home. I had a folding bike which I carried with me to work, and could use it to pedal home if the train wasn't working.
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Old 09-28-17, 06:23 PM
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Do you mean something like this:

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Shot in Puerto Rico a few days ago. (note the blue speck in the foreground)


..... or this.

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Old 09-28-17, 06:34 PM
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I've always wondered why all these post-apocalyptic type of shows and movies NEVER show anyone cycling. There's no electrical power, governments have collapsed, no more fossil fuel and cars have all been left to rot. And yet the shows and movies always show people just walking or using horses to get around. They never show anyone cycling.
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Old 09-28-17, 06:39 PM
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It would be my luck that my house would collapse and bury all my bikes.
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Old 09-28-17, 06:55 PM
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A bike probably will survive earthquake, hurricane, etc. Live in a rural area with dirt roads. During the winter, everytime it snows, some snow will pack on the road, which by mid-winter is pretty much solid ice. It is the only time of year the dirt roads are really smooth. A couple years ago an ice storm knocked out a lot of power lines and the road was plugged with trees and debris, plus rain on the ice roads made travel just about impossible. took my bike with studded tires to work, it was still a challenge riding around the mess - however got to work just fine.
Keep a mtn bike and studded tire commuter ready to go as part of our household disaster package.
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Old 09-28-17, 07:32 PM
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There is a group of cargo bike races called DRT (Disaster Relief Trials) where one takes one's cargo bike around and collects and redistributes odds and ends around town including things like full water jugs.

Also a part going on dirt paths, and over obstacles.

In part they are fun, but there is an undercurrent of seriousness... and it is one of the reasons I went car-free.
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Old 09-29-17, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
I've always wondered why all these post-apocalyptic type of shows and movies NEVER show anyone cycling. There's no electrical power, governments have collapsed, no more fossil fuel and cars have all been left to rot. And yet the shows and movies always show people just walking or using horses to get around. They never show anyone cycling.
Good point.


I do a decent amount of touring every year, so I have the racks, panniers and other gear to go self contained. And I always have a stash of White Gas/Coleman fuel in the house for my camp stoves. The Surly LHT I tour on has handled some rough, unpaved terrain. Bring it on!
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Old 09-30-17, 06:38 AM
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The OP has a logical point. Some kind of bike or trike and maybe a trailer would be a very logical way to get around.

As someone pointed out, in disaster movies, for some reason you never see anyone on a bike. But then that is Hollywood make believe.
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Old 10-24-17, 10:58 AM
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When I weathered Irma, I kept my kayak, paddles and life jacket handy, along w/ other survival supplies.

The bike was used to shuttle my cars to a 30' tall elevated parking garage to survive flooding.
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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
I've always wondered why all these post-apocalyptic type of shows and movies NEVER show anyone cycling. There's no electrical power, governments have collapsed, no more fossil fuel and cars have all been left to rot. And yet the shows and movies always show people just walking or using horses to get around. They never show anyone cycling.
Flats.
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Old 10-24-17, 12:50 PM
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Flats.
Yeah. There is no Stan's sealant post-apocalypse.
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Yeah. There is no Stan's sealant post-apocalypse.
But think about how the ground would be. Broken glass, garbage, metal bits everywhere, cracks in pavement/road going unfixed, weeds like goatsheads and other thorny plants growing wild.

And innertubes have a limited lifespan, with no replacements available.

After 2 or 3 years it would be tough to keep a bike running.
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Old 10-24-17, 02:18 PM
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The shaking during the 1994 Northridge Ca. quake literally broke the motor mounts in my car (live only a few miles from the epicenter) and a mountainbike I had at the time was the best way to get around for a few weeks afterward. No gas stations had power to run the pumps even if your car survived intact.
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Knowing my luck, I'd go to grab one of my bikes, and the tire would be flat.

Time for a good floor pump.
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The only time I have ever had a bike stolen was when I loaned it to a friend to get home after the 1989 Loma Prieta shake. He got mugged in Oaktown.
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Might be wise to have a fat bike if you live in a quake zone.
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Originally Posted by rgconner View Post
But think about how the ground would be. Broken glass, garbage, metal bits everywhere, cracks in pavement/road going unfixed, weeds like goatsheads and other thorny plants growing wild.

And innertubes have a limited lifespan, with no replacements available.

After 2 or 3 years it would be tough to keep a bike running.
I'm guessing you haven't been to some of the poorer parts of the world where people keep bicycles moving without constantly getting new tires etc.? Heck, there was a homeless guy who lived in a tree near me who had a bike with "tires" that were basically just old hunks of rubber and twine, and that was in the US.
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I'm guessing you haven't been to some of the poorer parts of the world where people keep bicycles moving without constantly getting new tires etc.? Heck, there was a homeless guy who lived in a tree near me who had a bike with "tires" that were basically just old hunks of rubber and twine, and that was in the US.
I did not say "impossible", I said "tough".

Specifically, tougher than a horse or walking.

Anyway, it is all speculation, since society has not collapsed just yet.
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Old 10-25-17, 06:27 AM
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Give it a few weeks.

One interesting read in the sci-fi genre is "Lucifer's Hammer" about a comet strike and the aftermath. The thing most folks don't realize is that there's always the chance someone is more determined to have your stuff than you are.
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Originally Posted by rgconner View Post

Specifically, tougher than a horse or walking.
Which it wouldn't be. Hell you could make a functional set of wheels out of wood pretty easily. Wouldn't be winning any races but it'd still work.

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