This past gift giving season, I received from my wife the gift of motorless transportation: A Trek 7100 bicycle. It’s a “hybrid” bike, not quite a mountain bike, not quite a road bike. It seems to be a decent mix thereof.
Since today’s temperatures where in the high 40s, I took it for a short spin down the local bike path, a 5.5 mile journey according to the little computer strapped to the handlebars. It handled pretty nicely, considering that I haven’t seriously ridden a bike in 10+ years. I cruised at 14mph (again according to the computer) with no difficulty. I’ll be interested to see how fast I can get ‘er goin’ once I’m more comfortable on it.
Obviously, this has some potential from a survival consideration: transportation once fuel runs out, silent recon, another bug out option. From a more practical standpoint, it’s a good source of exercise and recreation.
Of course as with all things with me, this will require accessorizing, modifying, customizing and stocking supplies. In no particular order, I see the need for:
- Helmet and other PPE
- Front and rear lighting
- A trailer for the child or gear
- spare tires & tubes, maybe airless
- Rack and Panniers
- Car carrier
I’m looking forward to getting some good miles on board.