Ranger Man has a guest written post today, offered up by Geology Joe, a SHTFblog SHTF homie. Say it with me now, “G” to the “ology” – “JOE!”
Take it away . . . .
It has been four weeks now since the gasoline stopped. The remaining fuel is so expensive that traveling, transportation and doing errands is unreasonable or impossible. How will you get around? How will you get to the farm stand to pick up food or get to your friend’s place? How will you get to your new job as a farm hand?
The prevalance of automobiles in our current society has led to urban sprawl. Our homes, neighborhoods and communities are beyond walking distance. Since it is unlikely that you have either a horse and/or the resources to keep one, the best solution is . . .
I am by no means Lance Armstrong, but I can travel the 5 miles to town ANY day of the year, in occassionally less than 20 minutes (usually 24 minutes), at an average speed of somewhere near 20mph. Two hours will get me about 30 miles. You can do it, too. Think of everything within 15 miles of your house. What do your neighbors have to offer that you may need post-SHTF? Vice-versa.
Travel by bicycle is fast, effective and gas free. Add a bike trailer and haul up to 100 pounds or more. Travel to the local farm . . . come back with 20 pounds of potatoes, half a deer, and a bag of apples in one trip.
What about maintenance? The mechanics of a bicycle are the most simple of all machines, requiring little previous knowledge of minor repairs. I was able to assemble a good, well-tuned bike from 3 yard sale jobbies. I will get hundres of miles from this ride.
You can do it, too.
- People are constantly throwing away or selling bicycles for cheap. Hunt yard sales. Keep an eye out in trash.
- Ideally look for the same brand for each: Schwinn, Next, Trek, Peugot, Univega, Ross, it’s not totally necessary, but it helps.
- Mountain bikes tend to be a dime a dozen right now. The 90’s were a boom in the industry. Right now those bikes are getting unused in someone’s basement or garage.
- Search yard sales for a ‘kid trailer’ for conversion.
- Fix one up.
- Paint it flat black.
- Add an AR-15 holster.
- Patrol the night.
– Geology Joe