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...
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...
Elephant in Sri Lankan Buddhist procession kills monk

Elephant in Sri Lankan Buddhist procession kills monk

by Fox World By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHIAssociated Press COLOMBO, Sri Lanka –  An elephant that was part of a Sri Lankan Buddhist procession attacked and killed a monk, police said Monday. Police spokesman Priyantha Jayakody said three elephants were walking in the procession Sunday night when one suddenly went on a rampage and attacked the monk in the coastal town of Kochchikade, about 42 kilometers (26 miles) north of Colombo. The 25-year-old monk died at a hospital early Monday. Colorfully decorated elephants are an important part of Buddhist religious processions and festivals. Temples and wealthy families often own the animals and rent them out for such events. However, animal rights activists say the elephants are often kept in inhumane conditions and receive insufficient food. Authorities say there are about 127 tamed elephants that are used for processions and other religious ceremonies by Sinhalese Buddhists, who make up 70 percent of the island’s 20 million people. Having an elephant in the backyard has long been a sign of wealth, privilege and power. For hundreds of years, elephants have been used for such religious activities and as well as for battles by ancient kings. Sri Lanka has about 6,000 elephants, but those in the wild are threatened by habitat loss and degradation. An estimated 200 elephants are killed every year, mainly by farmers trying to protect their crops. In the 19th century there were believed to be up to 14,000 elephants. Related:...
Handgun Open Carry Do’s and Don’ts

Handgun Open Carry Do’s and Don’ts

I don’t know about you, but lately, I have seen an increase of people who open carry.  Let me say that  I am not against open carry.  I do practice open carry, but only in a few places.  I prefer concealed carry for two reasons- one, there are too many hoplophobes- a person who has an irrational fear of firearms.  Second, the shock and awe effect it has on a perpetrator. There are some serious safety issues that need to be addressed regarding open carry.  The biggest concern is the open visual of the firearm for everyone to see.  First, there is a possibility of a firearm grab.  This could be innocent-  someone who’s trying to be funny or who wants to play a joke, or it could be something more nefarious- a person who wants to steal your gun.  I would say do like what cops do when they are in public.  Keep your arm down at your side and have it up against the gun, this way you can always feel your gun.   Next, keep your eyes open and scan for anyone who might be staring at you or your gun.  If a cop notices someone looking at his gun, he will give them the meanest look in the world, just in case a person is thinking about going for his gun, and that is how you should be if you choose to open carry.   Here are some do’s and don’ts so you can safely open carry.   It is important to purchase high-quality equipment if you are going to open carry. I would invest in a...