Use bicycles for emergency transportation

It comes down to this: In an emergency or a disaster when no internal combustion-engined vehicles are available, would you rather walk or ride a bike? I’ll take the bike!

At home I have more than a dozen bicycles. I fix up bicycles and give them to kids. That means I have good bicycles, fair bicycles, parts bicycles, and parts of bicycles. It doesn’t take mechanical genius to work on a bicycle. Probably most of you reading this article know how to fix a bicycle tire, tighten a chain, adjust a brake, etc. Bicycles are easy to fix.

It’s possible that these skills, and the bicycles, might be valuable someday. I have a friend whose driver’s license was suspended. I gave him a 10-speed bicycle, and he used it for six months. He told me what he learned.

A bicycle beats walking, hands down. A person may walk 2-1/2 to 3 miles an hour, but on a bicycle he can use the same energy to go 9 to 12 miles an hour. A trip of 15 miles can take 5 to 6 hours when walking. On a bicycle the same trip takes between 1 and 2 hours. You can afford the time to make a 15-mile round trip on a bicycle, but walking, it would take you all day.

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