how to bugout by bike

A military cyclist is not a soldier on wheels, but a soldier with
wheels, says author Jim Fitzpatrick, highlighting a distinction.
Punctuating the point in his book,
The Bicycle in Wartime,
Fitzpatrick says the military cyclist can carry a bike over fences
or around rugged terrain, push it through mud or sand, float it
through water, and use it to transport bulky loads. Even so,
bikes had a rocky start in gaining acceptance as a tool.

Sturdy mountain bikes are available that fold. These make ideal
bugout bikes to stash at the office or to have as an option for
bugging out by car:

How to Select a Bugout Bike
Depending on your needs for the three types of bugout bikes:
  1. Bug Out Bike (for getting out of Dodge). This is a well
    equipped bicycle pre-packed with gear to get you to your
    survival destination when you can't use your car, truck or
    SUV. Usually, it's not a fold up bike. It's a mountain bike, a
    touring bike,  a Military paratroop bike, or a cargo bike.
    This bike is ready to go at a moment's notice, in your
    garage or storage area. Its sole purpose is to get you to
    your survival destination when you must abandon the car,
    truck or SUV. It's a contingency vehicle if your other vehicle
    fails to get you to safety, Sometimes an escape bike will
    have cargo with all the most important worldly belongings.
  2. Get Home Bike (for reverse commuting). This could be a
    fold-up bicycle, commuter bike or recreational bike. It's a
    bike committed to staying affixed to your vehicle or at your
    workplace and has the purpose of getting you back home.
  3. Workhorse bike (for running errands). In case of an
    ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP) where vehicles no longer work,
    or economic depression, where gas is too costly, a
    workhorse bike helps get your errands done. This can be an
    adult tricycle, a commuter bike, or a cargo bike. The bike
    may have panniers to load groceries. You may need to get
    the country to get produce cheap. You may need to
    transport young children. Think of it as a bike taxi or truck.

#1:Military Paratrooper Bike mountain bike  foldup
(bugout bike).
The one bike that can handle all three functions (getting out of
Dodge, reverse commuting and alternate escape is a
paratrooper bike):

  • Montague 20" Paratrooper Military Folding Mountain
    Bike. The Montague Paratrooper military folding Mountain
    bike, pictured at the top of the page, is an affordable and
    durable bike. Cammy Green Tough, rugged, and ready for
    anything, this mountain bike is dropped from the sky to
    land, prepared for action. The speed of unfolding this bike
    for riding will blow you away. Unlike all other folding bikes,
    there are no wobbly hinges and no structural tubes cut in
    half . You don't need tools to fold and unfold this bike: just
    open one quick release lever on the top tube and remove
    the front wheel. It folds in under thirty seconds without
    tools, too! This full-sized, rugged mountain bike is
    deployable on almost any terrain. It is a stealth/minimal
    signature that is second only to a walking soldier.

  • Montague SwissBike X50 Paratrooper-style Folding
    Mountain Bike. This 18-Speed Mountain Bike, folds and fits
    anywhere. It's a light trail bike for weekend excursions, or
    a rugged commuter bike, priced lower than the Montague

#2: Fold up Bicycle (Get Home Bike).
Stashing a bug out bike in your car with all your other
essentials, including a sturdy pair of walking shoes, is a wise
move. Here are our favorite folding bug out bikes.

  • Shimano Foldable Mountain Bike. Shimano foldable
    mountain bike, pictured immediate left in black. This light
    weight bike folds in 15 seconds and stores easily in most
    compact car's rear trunk. Shimano is a great name in bikes
    and this one has a great price.

  • Shimano Stow-a-Bike 26", 18-speed.  For urban
    preppers, the Shimano Stow-A-Bike 18-speed bike, pictured
    immediate right, is an absolute essential. If you consider
    this just as a mountain bike, it stacks up pretty well
    against its competition. Dual suspension, quality
    components from suppliers such as Shimano; it's tough and
    built to last, and looks great, but where this bike really
    comes into a league of its own is when you consider its
    incredible folding frame that's almost made with preppers
    in mind. It's the #1 best seller in Dual Suspension
    Mountain Bikes on Amazon!

  • Shimano Stowabike 20", City Bike, 6-Speed. Pictured
    below and right, the Shimano Stowabike City Bike is the #1
    best seller in Adult Folding Bikes on Amazon. No wonder!
    This foldable commuting bike has built in mud guards to
    keep you clean, a built in rack for carrying your goods, and
    an easy and reliable folding mechanism.  And best of all,
    currently it's 66% off the list price. You won't believe the

#3: Cargo bikes.

  • Adult tricycle. An adult tricycle has loads of cargo, usually
    with build in panniers. It's sturdy and stable.

  • Cargo load: Find a bike basket, Luggage rack, or panniers
    for packing essential gear. Also, bike bungee cargo net.

  • Bike Trailers. Equip your bug out bike with a trailer even if
    you don't have young kids. It will be an excellent place to
    stash equipment and will help you go under the radar.
    Remember, you'll also need a coupler attachment to affix
    the trailer to your bug out bike. Right, the bike cargo
    system includes a tent! Remember to camouflage!

For purposes of this article, we will refer to all three types of
bikes and bugout bikes. Your personal strategy may include just
one bike.

Prepper Bike Accessories:
In his book for preppers, "Build the Perfect Bug Out Vehicle: The
Disaster Survival Vehicle Guide," Creek Stewart shares a picture
of his fully loaded Yuba Mundo cargo bike. (It looks similar to
the Yub Mundo bike pictured immediate left in green.) Whether
carrying kids or cargo, the Yuba Mundo makes transport easy.
This exceptional bicycle is neither a derailleur system nor an
internally-geared drivetrain. It offers an infinite amount of gear-
free shifting with an easy-to-use interface. Plus, there's a built-
in, and extra long cargo rack.

  • First Aid: Your bicycle first aid kit, which should include

  • Bicycle Tent.

  • Bicycle repair tools.

  • Tire Repair Tools (tire levers, an air pump, spare inner
    tube or patch kit). The Multi Function Bike Tool set left,
    comes with Patch Kit & Tire Levers 18 Function.

Prepper Trikes
An adult tricycle has the advantage of stability and is especially
important for older preppers. The bonus basket will make it
easier to pack a few extra things at the grocery store ensuring
you stay fit.

A tricycle is an atypical prep, but something to consider.
Preppers must think differently to imagine what life will be like
without electricity. Don't back peddle on the idea just yet. Here
are good reasons to own a tricycle:

  • Enhanced stability: A tricycle offers stability, particularly
    important as you age. This stability provides a smoother
    ride. You'll also get enhanced traction and braking. What's
    more, you can convert trikes for people with disabilities.

  • More cargo space: Unlike a bicycle, a trike offers more
    cargo opportunities.

  • Room for Passengers: A tricycle rickshaw can hold
    passengers, which might be necessary to get an injured
    person to the closest available doctor or nurse.

Tricycles are not easy to find in your local stores. The best place
to buy them is online.

  • Schwinn Hampton Adult Tricycle: The Schwinn Hampton,
    pictured above features a s super low stand over aluminum
    frame for easy access. This beauty has allow wheels,
    cruiser styling with full wrap fenders, and swept back
    handlebars for comfort. For preppers it features a large fold
    down rear basket for storage.

  • Schwinn Meridian 26-Inch Tricycle. Pictured top right, the
    Schwinn Meridian 26" adult tricycle is equipped with a super
    low aluminum frame which allows step through access. The
    cruiser styling has full wrap fenders and swept back
    handlebars for comfort. Alloy 26" wheels for smooth and
    easy riding, large springer cruiser saddle and quick release
    for unlimited seat height adjustment.

  • The Westport Adult Foldable tricycle. The Westport Adult
    Tricycle from Kent International, pictured right, is super
    stable. A strong steel frame with a low step-through design
    makes easy work of starting out. This well engineered
    frame also features a folding mechanism to take up a little
    less space in the garage. Comfort features include a
    suspension fork, a wide, comfortable seat, and adjustable
    upright handlebars which make any rider feel at home. You
    will appreciate the spacious basket for cargo safely tucked
    away behind the rider. Strong linear pull brakes handle the

  • Worksman Port-o-Trike Three Speed Adult Tricycle. The
    Worksman Tri-Wheeler is very stable because of it's lower
    center of gravity, Designed for optimal portability, it fits
    most standard trunk-mounted bicycle car racks, or inside
    most minivans and station wagons.

Want to turn your bicycle into a pedal-wielding motorcycle?
Are you a prepper with no pedal power? Convert your pedal bike
into a motorized bike! The electric motor conversion kit, pictured
right, lets you attach an electric powered motor to your bike.
The back wheel is designed specifically to be used with a motor.
Fitting most 26" tire slots, you use it along with the motor and
an electric controller to go up to 28 mph on your bicycle! The kit
includes everything except battery and disc brake. You get:
  • the new back wheel,
  • the controller,
  • 48v motor, and
  • brake controllers that are meant to give control at those
    high speeds.

With a quick and easy conversion process, you do not need to
be a professional to attach the kit. Since it is easy to take on
and off, you can alternate between biking positions, and the
chargeable battery allows you to "go green". A fun and
innovative tool that can create a unique experience for bike
enthusiasts, this bike conversion kit is a must have for any type
of biker.

Take a lesson from developing countries: a tricycle or rickshaw
is a logical mode of transporting goods in an off grid world. It's
odd, yet noteworthy!

Happy endings...

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Bugging out by bike is always an option if you're prepared.
With a few modifications you can turn an ordinary mountain bike
into a bugout bike, or you can buy a collapsible bike to get you
home if a catastrophe happens while you're at work and you
can't bugout by car. If you're older or need more stability in a
bicycle, then you can bugout by tricycle.

Why pack a fold up bicycle in your car for emergencies?
While preppers have elaborate schemes to bug out with vehicles
ranging from ATVs to school buses and to boats or goats, they
often fail to prepare for an escape from their car, truck or SUV.
Ultimately, survival might depend on a bug out bicycle!

If you must abandon your home or office (or bug out from your
vehicle), then make an alternate plan of escaping with a well
equipped bike. You'll need a bugout bike for when:
  • roads leading out are blocked with debris, traffic, flood or
  • traffic jam (no body is moving and danger is headed your
  • you run out of power for your vehicle;
  • your car won't start (mechanical difficulties,out of gas); or
  • all cars won't work, as with an electromagnetic pulse.
  • you want to escape to the safety of a road less travelled

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Make a plan for bugging out by bike!
The military has included bikes in their strategy, and so should
you! A bicycle never runs out of gas, you can make repairs
relatively easy and you can get where you need to go and get out
of dodge when a car would otherwise keep you stuck.

What kind of a bugout bike will you choose? The Montague
Paratrooper pictured below, is a full-size, rugged folding
mountain bike that's deployable on almost any terrain. It's good
enough for the U.S. military, and it's good enough for preppers.
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