We posted on our Facebook page:
Forrest Tate asked this question below: “Any thoughts on building a BUGOUT bicycle?”
Some comments we received:
Comment#1: I always keep my rack on my car for just that. You need to have a bike that fits your area though. A good crossover made of aluminum is a great place to start looking. Just remember that just because you can walk or hike with a 70 lb pack doesn’t mean you can ride that way. Look into saddle bags and fork bags. A trailer is great for roads but not always in back country.
Comment#2: I have a bike I plan on throwing in my rig when the balloon goes up. A bike provides a lot of transportation for a little expense. If nothing else one can carry a lot over quite a bit of terrain, look at the NVA during the Vietnam war.
Comment#3: As long as there’s a plan to get mobile fast without it. Car jackings and bike jackings (especially those loaded with gear) will be on the rise for sure. A disposable/replaceable bike and minimum gear in a backpack would be my advice.
Comment#4: Got a few ideas here. Customize it to have all kinds of clips and compartments. Consider a small kit for repair. Have some medicine and small survival stuff tucked into the handlebars. Would be cool to have a small tent bundled to the bike somehow. Get some fishing line, hooks, and bait. Dude the possibilities are limitless, just keep it light and not too bulky.
Comment#5: It’s a good idea. Second only in reliability to hoofing it. You can cover great distances on a bike and the only fuel it needs is you to make it go. Your car can run out of gas and you may not be able to get gasoline or diesel, but if you have the strength to pedal you can still get out of dodge. A mountain bike can go just about anywhere.