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Cycle Tips for the Apocalypse - Full equipment guide.

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Here is my helpful guide to preparedness for total society breakdown, ( but it also applies for wilderness camping).
Hide in the hills until it all blows over.

This is quite a task to plan for but the Instructable before you is for straight survival; travel light, no gadgets just food and shelter.
The whole packed bags ( without food and water) weigh about 14kg and that includes the gun and the axe.

Getting on a bike; it allows you carry more equipment, travel further, expend less energy and outrun anyone.
(I get to the bike in Step 4).



With prolonged deprivation, one of the biggest dangers will be other humans, that is why my Instructable is aimed at getting away from them. . . I  choose the running away strategy.


Here is the photo of everything laid out but now I will explain why I chose each item.
I have given links to Amazon pages for many of the items to illustrate exactly what they are ( but they could be bought much cheaper elsewhere with research and I give links to several Army surplus stores in the other steps)
Please read on.
 
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Step 1: Hierarchy of needs. . . firstly water.

I start by breaking down my needs, which are the same as most people's so I can illustrate them using Maslow's famous diagram.


It's the bottom layer we are interested in; the rest is a bonus.

(I've only ever really used the bottom two tiers anyway.)

In a survival situation, clean, potable water is the most important thing; We can survive without food for weeks but to go without water for just one day would start a dangerous slide into dehydration from which we may not recover.

So a water filter will be necessary, more than one in fact:

-Firstly a 'straw' water filter allows you to simply suck water from the source, a stream for example.
-For larger quantities a pump filter; it's very easy to operate: just pump the handle to instantly remove contaminants from drinking water.

As a back up to this, Iodine solution; ( it is harmful if used long term); I have used it and the taste is not so bad.

Of course, boiling the water on a rolling boil will also make water safe to drink. ( if not contaminated with chemicals.)

Cooking equipment will come later in this Instructable.

Mattakers6 months ago
I love this instructable! Sorry if I sound stupid, but how do you get the kit to attach to the bike?
FriendOfHumanity (author)  Mattakers1 month ago

Hello,

It's not a stupid question.

Assuming that you have fitted a rack to your bike , you then need to buy some Panniers.

These are my favourite type :

and the video explains their fitting.

There are many less expensive options though; and on this site you can find Instructable for homemade panniers.

Good luck with the apocalypse.

FOH

Stone_UFO1 year ago
I really like this set up, biking ftw. I also saw you had some Iodine in your pack and i was just wondering if you have ever heard of spirulina, it's treatment for radiation poisoning is pretty impressive. While it can be used as a dried food ration, and it packs down pretty small with it being a dried out algae Here's a couple links
http://www.naturalnews.com/031779_spirulina_radiation.html
http://www.australianspirulina.com.au/spirulina/spirulina.html
FriendOfHumanity (author)  Stone_UFO1 year ago
Dear Dalphonse,

I have not heard of this product; the anti radiation facts are amazing.
It is very interesting and i will look into buying some for a food supplement.

Strangely enough I have been trying to research spirogyra as a food for a while.
I read about how good seaweed is for nutrients and it led me to thinking about my pond and the over abundance of spirogyra; and to maybe to try growing this in clean water; but I can't find any info about it on the net; I have been meaning to ask on this site for some time . . . I'm rambling. . .  I'm putting the question up now. . . . . I'm back . . .http://www.instructables.com/answers/Spirogyra-as-food-/

Thanks very much for the information.

Kind Regardski

FOH
awesome
If you bring both your spouse and your lover along you're going to have a bad time.
FriendOfHumanity (author) 1 year ago
Thank you Poofrabbit, that's very nice of you.
I think that the cocktail bar will win by a mile.
poofrabbit1 year ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the be prepare contest!
GreatSage1 year ago
The SAS survival guide is one of my favorite books on survival. Also that is a nice knife and I think i might get one. :)
FriendOfHumanity (author)  GreatSage1 year ago
Hey GreatSage,

Yes, it's great no nonsense book.
I got my knife at a junk sale, I couldn't resist it; it's beautiful.
If I take a stove I generally use something a bit lighter ( an 5" Opinel) but if I'm relying on a fire I'll take the Camillus because it can split wood.

Cheers.
Lukyle1 year ago
Hey this is great. I live in New York, and since Hurricane Sandy hit, a lot of New Yorkers would find some if not all of this very helpful. Thanks
FriendOfHumanity (author)  Lukyle1 year ago
Dear Lukyle,
I would love to think that this was useful to someone; Thank you for the nice comment.