Survival Gear for Traveling on a Bike

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PostWed May 16, 2012 1:42 am » by Newearthman


What are the essentials that I need for survival if I where to take a long distance pedal bike ride. I know I need gear to sleep over night with but I'm limited on how much I can carry (my bike is not meant for distance riding so it doesn't have room for much baggage). I will still be able to buy food and stuff but I want to take only what is use full and I can carry myself or strap to the bike.



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PostWed May 16, 2012 1:46 am » by The57ironman


tool kit ....for tire repair etc....
...rain gear
and a big wallet full of dough... :mrcool:
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PostWed May 16, 2012 1:54 am » by Flecktarn


a basha or tarp ,survival blankets are cheap and will fit in a pocket ,a camel back is good ,solar powered light charge it up while cycling ,basic fire and eating kit ,flint and steel and mess tins or a metal mug ,good lock knife ,will you use front and rear panniers ?
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PostWed May 16, 2012 2:55 am » by domdabears


Yes, a lot of money.

That's it.

Buy as you go.

If you're on a bicycle, you're not gonna be able to have a lot.



Your backpack (camel pack would be best).
In it you'll have;

Clothes (Hot and cold weather)
Extra shoes
a Poncho (Military style so you can also make shelter with it)
Tube tent
First aid kit
Personal hygiene kit
Fire starting (lighters, and firesteel)
Water purification tablets
Aquamira Straw
3600 Calorie ER Bar - Emergency Food Ration
A knife
Some kind of navigation
Bike repair kit. (hand pump)


Already that's a lot of stuff. Your clothes will take up the most space and have the most weight.
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PostWed May 16, 2012 4:05 am » by gros


The above checklists are good for survival on foot, but since you are asking for survival on a bike, you need a lot more items to keep the bike running.

1. An extensive, high quality bicycle multi tool.
2. Set of metric allen wrenches
3. Bicycle pump
4. Spare tubes and lots of patch kits
5. Spoke wrench
6. Spare cables for shifters and brakes
7. Spare disc rotor (if disc brakes) OR spare brake pads (if older brakes)
8. Cell phone (in case of emergency)
9. A couple adjustable wrenches.

That is just the bare basics I would take on a multi day ride. If I was spending weeks I would need to take a few more tools, which sounds like what you are trying to do.

I hope your bike at the very least has eyelets for a rear rack so you can have room for all the tools and clothes and food needed. Also make sure you go to get a mirror so you can see traffic behind you, it's not comfortable to have to be looking behind you every 5 seconds to check for cars. So a nice metal-frame mirror will make the ride less stressful.

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PostWed May 16, 2012 5:19 am » by domdabears


Yeah, it would be impossible to practically carry an extra bike with you.

A small hand pump, and small bike repair kit like I said is all you need.

If everything else fails, fuckin ditch the thing and go on foot.

No need to carry all that stupid shit.
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PostWed May 16, 2012 5:47 am » by Newearthman


Thanks for the advice!

I'm trying to decide if this is totally crazy, I realize I'm only going to be able to take a few things and the bike I have is not meant for touring. It's a Norco Bush Pilot so I know it's highly limited but that's what fate brought me. The point would be to break away from the system and be able to truly be free even if it is only for a few months and to just have faith that things will work out...Call it a leap of faith.

So, I need to sleep outdoors, start fires, cook small meals and maintain my bike.

I was thinking of going down to an army surplus store to see what they have for personal survival. I will have to live with two sets of cloths that can handle all the conditions.
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PostWed May 16, 2012 7:32 am » by mediasorcery


i would make a lightweight trailer for it, fuk carrying it on your back , u could make one with a couple spare bike wheels bolted to a bamboo/ metal frame, b easy to make fukin, that way u can carry bit more. just a bloody thought anyhow.
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PostWed May 16, 2012 8:29 am » by Fatdogmendoza


Get yourself something like this bro....and I like the adjustable wenches Idea.....ohhhhh adjustable wrenches...lol :bang;

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Schwinn-Bike-Tr ... 27c6f0fe44

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PLANS-Build-you ... 3366bfe9d9

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bicycle-Trailer ... 41649ee21d

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PostWed May 16, 2012 4:21 pm » by The57ironman


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