Bug Out Bikes
Pack a fold up bicycle in your car for emergencies
While preppers often have elaborate schemes to bug out with vehicles ranging from
ATVs to school buses, they often fail to prepare for an escape from their vehicle.
Ultimately, survival might depend on a bug out bicycle!
Make a plan of escaping with a bike in case your car won't start or in case all cars
won't work, as with an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event. An EMP is a very real
threat, because it would render all vehicles useless.
Here are some bug-out bikes, trikes and other options...
Razor scooters and skateboards: Scooters don't take up any room and will certainly
help you get out faster and with less energy than you could ever do by foot.
Fold up Bicycles: 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: Almost at the top of our list of folding bug
out bikes is the affordable Shimano foldable mountain bike, pictured upper left.
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! The prepper's choice also because it's a bike that rides in the dirt.
- Shimano Stow-a-Bike 18-speed. For urban preppers, the Shimano Stow-A-
Bike 18-speed bike, next from left, 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 too.
- Schwinn fold up bicycle. This 20-inch folding bicycle designed for commuting,
picture upper right, folds compactly for easy storage in a closet, garage, or
elsewhere. Sure-stopping alloy linear pull brakes and the classic Schwinn name,
make this bike an excellent choice. Around $165. See also the Schwinn trike,
- Montague 20" Paratrooper Military Folding Mountain Bike: For preppers
without a budget, we recommend the Montague Paratrooper military folding
Mountain bike, immediate left. Pricey at $799, this quality bike is worth every
Adult tricycles (bug-out trike). 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.
- Immediate left is the Port-o-Trike Three Speed Adult Tricycle by Westport.
Stable, user-friendly, 3 speed adult tricycle offers easy on-and-off and
smooth ride, 20-inch wheels. Folds for convenient storage, easy step-
through for riders between 4-Feet and 6-Inch and 6-Feet tall. It's around
$331.48 (ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping).
- At the bottom of the page is the Westport foldable tricycle. Just the
ticket, the Westport adult tricycle is sturdy and has a handy cargo basket
tucked behind rider for hauling all types of cargo. It's around $399.97
(ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping).
Surrey Bike: For the advanced Prepper, there's the fun surrey bike, pictured right
with a red and white striped canopy. This deluxe touring bike with seats for up to 3
adults and 2 children.
Bike Trailers and Cargo: 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.
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