Bug out bike build.

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by WestPointMAG, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. WestPointMAG

    WestPointMAG Monkey++

    In the PAW stories you often read where the hero and or heroine are stuck in the city and need transportation out of the mess.

    A their solution to the problem of no transportation is a bicycle.

    In all of the times that I have been on the prepper boards I have never see a bug out bicycle being build so I decided to build one. The parameters that I set for my self to go by when building one is.

    The cost had to be as low as possible.
    When ever possible parts had to be scrounged, already on hand or bought used.

    It has to be able to carry at least three days supplies.

    It has to be light enough to carry.

    Able to be ridden long distances.

    Concealable in the woods.

    So fare this is what I have come up with. The bike has a 6061 frame and I found it in a dumpster. The seat is off an old bike. The water bottles I bought at the thrift store a wile back for a $1.00 each. The holders were on other frames I had laying around. The bike panniers are from two web gear sets that I had in hand. The frame work to hang the panniers on is made from book rack I bought at the thrift store for $2.00 some aluminum stock I bought a going out of business sale a few years ago. The box is a saws all container that I found in the trash. The nuts and bolts I had on hand. I bought the paint at W mart a few years ago on clearance. Cash outlay for the build so fare is $2.00 for the book rack since that is the only thing that I bought with doing this in mind.

    I still have to make a seat cover.
    Find something to make a front basket from.
    Make, find or buy a trailer.
    Disassemble and lube all of the bearings.
    Find or buy a high pressure hand air pump.
    Dig through my gear and find a cammo net for it.
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  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

  3. WestPointMAG

    WestPointMAG Monkey++

    I did kind of overlook that in my post but I did think of it I have patches and glue on hand so I could put to gather a kit with what I have on hand but I should probably buy a new stitcher so I do not have to take the one out of the bike kit every time I need to patch a tube
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Don't forget, you may want to change the gearsets if things get heavy. You might also consider front panniers, they will allow for better front rear balance.

    Special tools?
  5. Gray Wolf

    Gray Wolf Monkey+++

    Looks like a good job to me!
  6. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    Hey hey, ho ho those reflectors gotta go.
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  7. WestPointMAG

    WestPointMAG Monkey++

    I can not ride it on the street at night now if it dose not have reflectors on it and I ride a lot. One of my plans is to when I make the new seat cover is to make bags to put over the reflectors and to put tape over the ones I can not put bags over.
  8. mysterymet

    mysterymet Monkey+++

    I usually keep spare tubes for the tires, bicycle tool kits, hand pump and little co2 quick fill for tires.
  9. fedorthedog

    fedorthedog Monkey+++

    Out here the dog has a name for people on bikes "meals on wheels"
  10. goinpostal

    goinpostal Monkey+++

    I would suggest the foam tire inserts.
    They dont ride as smooth as tubes,but they never need air,or patching.
    They use to sell them at WalMart.Not sure if they still do though.
    Now you need to build a gear trailer for it.
  11. Hispeedal2

    Hispeedal2 Nay Sayer

    Very cool. Refurbishing a bike is fun. Making something from trash always brings satisfaction.

    I keep a bike with rack around for hunting. I mounted an ATV gun rack to the handlebars to carry a bow or rifle. It helped in AZ where I could cover mad distance on a hunt and do it in places that didn't allow an ATV OR much quieter than an ATV.
  12. TailorMadeHell

    TailorMadeHell Lurking Shadow Creature

    Nice bike. I think I need to do something similar. As far as that gas powered contraption, they are noisy. San Fran had a bunch of them and you could hear them coming from way off. Need a good bit of muffle to be sneaky.
  13. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    I don't have a "bug out bike" per se, but we use our bikes from time to time to go riding with the family. Usually 15-25 mile round trips.

    We sourced the trailer and the co-pilot pull along from craigslist. When the kids outgrow the co-pilot, I'm planning on making a trailer out of it.

    The other trailer is nice, but it is a bit too wide for me to like it 100%. I can carry both kids, the wife's purse (13 lbs), and the diaper bag/water/snacks in it, so it is very functional. The only time I notice that it is there is when I go uphill... ;) (That's everywhere around here.)
    April 001 (912 x 684).
  14. WestPointMAG

    WestPointMAG Monkey++

    This photo was posted on another forum I thought you would like to see it, your co-pilot would be a good start in building one.
  15. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Monkey++

    Do not use the foam tire inserts, they take twice as much effort to go the same distance.
    Much better to use thorn resistant tubes, True Goo and Mr. Tuffy liners.
    I ride year 'round, in a part of the world overrun with goat-heads and average one flat tire every 18 months.
    I no longer avoid goat-heads or small pieces of glass.
    There are also tires made for use in industrial plants that are tougher.
    The single wheel trailers track much better.
    Brokor likes this.
  16. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    I think I would add a scabard on the front fork's for a shotgun or rifle in case you run into a blockade or resistance. I would back that up with a pistol on the hip and a couple on the ankle and you will be good to go. Great job to side step the EMP issue or traffic problems that you might encounter in the hood!!!

    It is amazing how bike patrol can get the drop on folks due to the stealth and speed that a bike can afford. This would work out well in a bug out in the right environment, like the idea- good job!!!
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