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Bug Out Bike?
Mine is a road/hybrid 20%  20%  [ 4 ]
Mine is a mountain bike 50%  50%  [ 10 ]
I'm building one, maybe I'll get to it someday... 25%  25%  [ 5 ]
If I can't drive or walk there I'm not going 5%  5%  [ 1 ]
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Bonus points for the brass bike horn. Add a pinwheel and you're set for the apocalypse! :clownshoes:

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On my first and only true singletrack ride the squeeze bulb vibrated loose and is somewhere in eastern Utah :(
I now have to blow through it to signal my displeasure with motorists or pedestrians.

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How about a bug out camper trailer for the bike

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I think in general terms that form factor would be pretty awful; huge wind profile, very wide for trail clearance and I assume heavy for the volume. I can't imagine many situation where it would be preferable to a large tent carried on a small, single wheel trailer.

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I've seen that video, and it is fascinating, as are a number of projects on YT dealing with coroplast shelters. Many aimed at helping the homeless. Putting one on wheels is an interesting concept but I have to agree with RonnyRonin; it's just not practical. A packed, lightweight tent or tarp is a much better match to a bicycle's limited towing capacity in a bug out situation.

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If you are going to tow a trailer with a bike...go big!

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I didn't vote. I have a mountain bike but I never really considered it for my transportation/transport if I were to have to leave here in a hurry with no certainty of returning. I am going to think about it now. What an f-n innovative and informative post. Well done.

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TacAir wrote:
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If you are going to tow a trailer with a bike...go big!


I worked at a wholesale nursery that packed plants onto multishelf metal racks to load onto trucks for delivery, easily several hundred pounds apiece. We usually used 3-wheeled electric carts to tow them around but the owner's son got the bright idea to try and gear a trike low enough for towing. I think he broke 2 or 3 hubs before he gave up and turned it into a single speed, but long story short I have some idea of how low you have to gear a bike to do that and it makes my legs hurt just thinking about it. Spin baby spin!

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RonnyRonin wrote:
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If you are going to tow a trailer with a bike...go big!


I worked at a wholesale nursery that packed plants onto multishelf metal racks to load onto trucks for delivery, easily several hundred pounds apiece. We usually used 3-wheeled electric carts to tow them around but the owner's son got the bright idea to try and gear a trike low enough for towing. I think he broke 2 or 3 hubs before he gave up and turned it into a single speed, but long story short I have some idea of how low you have to gear a bike to do that and it makes my legs hurt just thinking about it. Spin baby spin!


The original shot (B&W) - was done as a publicly shot for the then new Airstream - so well balanced, they could be towed with a bicycle.

There are a number of blogs with folks who are currently traveling cross country with trailers in tow.

And who can forget the (in) famous Winnibiko? (Steve Roberts) the original techno-nomad
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At the end, it was renamed the Behemoth. Quite the evolution

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I'd hate to try to brake on a down hill with any of those trailers, assuming you could even get one up a hill.

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I'd hate to try to brake on a down hill with any of those trailers, assuming you could even get one up a hill.

Good point.

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I'd hate to try to brake on a down hill with any of those trailers, assuming you could even get one up a hill.


You definitely want disc brakes for your bike! Stopping is not a problem for disc brakes which are common and cheap now.

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I always heard that when braking on downhill descents, the trailer should be slowing the tow vehicle, not the other way around.

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I'd hate to try to brake on a down hill with any of those trailers, assuming you could even get one up a hill.


You definitely want disc brakes for your bike! Stopping is not a problem for disc brakes which are common and cheap now.


I have disc brakes on my bike. There is a small problem of mass differential with a 5000 pound Air Stream trailer and 250 pound man and bike. The trailer is going to win.

When I tow a 1000 pound trailer with my ATV it is really noticeable.

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I'd hate to try to brake on a down hill with any of those trailers, assuming you could even get one up a hill.


You definitely want disc brakes for your bike! Stopping is not a problem for disc brakes which are common and cheap now.


I have disc brakes on my bike. There is a small problem of mass differential with a 5000 pound Air Stream trailer and 250 pound man and bike. The trailer is going to win.

When I tow a 1000 pound trailer with my ATV it is really noticeable.



Okay, I didn't think anyone would be crazy enough to even consider towing an Airstream trailer for anything other than a stunt on level ground. I thought you were referring to the ones in this size range

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What is 'worse - a massively overloaded cargo bike or pulling a trailer? Only your knees can say...

I lived in Las Vegas for over a decade - we would go out by Searchlight - then up into the hills to go rock climbing. We would see the classic "desert cruiser" coming down the back roads in the evening, a grossly over loaded cargo bike - panniers front and rear, like the guy in the next to last pic, PLUS pulling a BOB or YAK behind.

Just nutz....

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Took me a while to re-find this...

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