The Best Bicycle For SHTF

The Best Bicycle For SHTF

Watching all of the recent natural disasters have made me realize that now it’s more important than ever to have a plan for fuel shortages. We will still need transportation.  Bicycles are another way of traveling through an area when cars can’t, and I have built myself one in case SHTF. People have been asking me the following question, “Curt, what is the best kind of bicycle I should buy?”  If you don’t know a lot about bicycles then let me tell you there are so many different types that it can make your head spin and to list them all would take longer than the length of this page.  The main types that I will be discussing are single gear fixies, comfort bikes, mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, cyclocross bikes, and road bikes.   The single gear fixies are the classic single gear bicycle which many of us had when we were children.  These were like the old cruiser with the large comfortable seat.  While they can carry a large load, they are only one speed. They are great if you have a short distance to cover but anything over 3 to 5 miles is going to be a long day trip on one. A fixie is a heavier bike and weighs approximately 35 lbs.   Comfort bikes are like single gear fixies but with one difference–  they have gears and some of them even have suspension like a mountain bike.  These are better if you have a longer distance to travel like 5 to 10 miles, but their downside is the gear ratio. The gears on most comfort bike...
Lesson Three:  Drinkable Water

Lesson Three: Drinkable Water

You take your family out camping for the weekend in the Sierra Mountains and you packed everything you need for a weekend getaway.  You made a checklist and went over it several times.  Shelter- check; fire- check; food- check; and water- check and double check.  The vehicle is packed and you’re ready to head out for your family adventure.   Feeling adventurous, you decide to go on a back country hiking trip instead.  You wonder if you have enough supplies and equipment to do this, and you decide that you’ll be okay for the trip.  You arrive at the ranger station and get a permit and a map and ask the ranger for a good trail with a lot of things to see.   You’re ready to head out.  Throughout the hike, you periodically check the map, and that’s when you realize that things don’t look right.  You should be at the campsite by now, and wonder if you took the wrong trail and if you’re lost. we only brought enough supplies for a couple of days, what are we going to do!   You decide to set up camp and take an inventory of your supplies, knowing that you only packed enough for a couple of days. You realized that you aren’t going to have enough water if you are, indeed lost, and you start to panic.  This is a real life scenario that can and has happened. It’s important to learn new skills that better prepare us for the worst case scenario.   This week’s lesson is water purification and collection.  Finding and purifying water is not...
Lesson Two: How Make A Shelter

Lesson Two: How Make A Shelter

In part one I discussed different ways to build a fire.  In this lesson, I’ll teach you how to make a shelter in an emergency. Imagine the following scenario:  You take your family out for a day hike at Mount Rushmore.  You’re having a great time. As you’re hiking along, you look up at the sky and notice it looking little dark.  You tell yourself that you will be okay, as you stop for a quick family picnic. Time gets away from you, and your attention is quickly broken from your family and up towards the sky.  You start to clean up and as you stuff everything back into your bag, a big crash of lightning hits in the area and your children start to panic. You tell your family it will be okay, and to just grab what they can and double time it back to the car.  Since you only planned a day trip, you don’t have a shelter in your bag. The storm is starting to intensify, and you realize you need to take cover and find shelter. This is what I call the worst case scenario that can happen and lucky for you, I am here to help by showing you how to build that life-saving shelter.  Shelter is one of the most important things for survival during an off grid situation.  The rule of three 3’s is a good place to start. You can only survive without shelter for three hours, water for three days, and food for three weeks.   Shelter is very important for survival, and depending on the weather conditions it...
Gun Control Myths Reign Supreme on Facebook

Gun Control Myths Reign Supreme on Facebook

“Tell me how taking guns from law-abiding citizens keeps a criminal from killing someone with a gun?” She replied, “Not enough information.” It was the usual liberal banter; they really come out of the woodwork after a shooting. “There is no reason for anyone to have a gun that can shoot multiple times fast. I can see a rifle or a handgun, but an assault rifle? Maybe now the GOP will take gun control seriously. No one needs a semi-automatic or automatic gun except the military or the police. Maybe now they’ll get the NRA out of their pockets.” I know better, but I couldn’t seem to help myself. Clearly, they knew nothing about firearms, conservatives, or the NRA. So I casually popped into the thread to explain the difference between semi-automatic and automatic weapons, and how the term “assault rifle” is bogus. And we were off. Two hours later, I’m apoplectic. I’ve put up arguments, only to have someone named Chris tell me they’re illogical, try to shove a seriously flawed National Institutes of Health study down my throat, attempt to intimidate me with her lofty titles and affiliations, and, of course, browbeat me with the usual “conservatives are mean and heartless” narrative — HER faith group advocates for responsible gun control, after all. She told me she was a scientist, and I immediately thought she would be open to black and white statistical data, but no joy. This was a lost cause, and I had wasted my time and effort on someone who had no interest in learning something new. But my inner five-year-old wanted the last...
Hero homeowner holds escaped Georgia inmates at gunpoint until arrests

Hero homeowner holds escaped Georgia inmates at gunpoint until arrests

by Fox News A Tennessee homeowner held two escaped inmates wanted in the killing of two prison guards at gunpoint Thursday until authorities arrived and made the arrests. Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Bill Miller said late Thursday that the homeowner caught Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose trying to steal his vehicle. Miller says the escaped Georgia inmates had crashed a car while being chased by law enforcement and fled on foot into woods along Interstate 24 near the rural community of Christiana. Related Image Expand / Collapse   Miller says something alerted the homeowner that people were outside his home and he saw the men trying to steal his vehicle. The trooper says the homeowner held the two at gunpoint with a neighbor he called until the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department could get there to arrest them. Rowe and Dubose are accused of killing two guards on a prison transfer bus early Tuesday. Authorities had offered a $130,000 reward for information leading to their arrests. Related Image Expand / Collapse Related: pyongyang-torture—warmbiers-injuries-renew-focus-on-infamous-camps   Related: breaking-news–mistrial-declared-in-bill-cosby-sexual-assault-case-after-jury-in-deadlock Authorities say Rowe and Dubose overpowered and killed Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue early Tuesday on a bus that should have been secured as it carried 33 inmates between prisons southeast of Atlanta. Authorities had offered a $130,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the fugitives, whom Sills had called “dangerous beyond description.” The search had involved law enforcement officers all over Georgia, as well as the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Gov. Nathan Deal released a statement, “Rest assured,...
Lesson One: Building a Fire

Lesson One: Building a Fire

Could you start a fire without a lighter or matches?  A firestarter kit is a must have for your bug out bag.  Heck, if Survivorman can start a fire in under 30 seconds, surely, we can do it too!  Only, it’s much harder than you might think. If you start striking the flint rod, you may get a lot of bright sparks everywhere but no fire. In the face of an emergency, or off-grid situation, it will be easy to panic, and you may become easily frustrated. I am going to teach you so that with a little practice you’ll be able to start a fire without any help from “man-made” objects, such as a lighter. Fire not only gives you warmth, but it can be used to cook food and boil water for drinking, light to see in the dark, security from animals, and it can give you comfort during a hard time. Three things are needed to start a fire: fuel, heat, and oxygen.   The fuel is what your fire is going to burn. Wood is a great source of fuel and can be collected with ease. Next is heat. An ignition source is needed like flint and steel. Last is oxygen, and that is everywhere, no need to supply that, just make sure your fire can get plenty of airflow to get the flames going. In the video below, I’ll show you three different ways to build a fire. The first is what I call the prepare method. This is where you have made fire starters before there’s an emergency or an off-grid situation. You will need...