I’ve been reading the 29″ tires are becoming more popular and may even push 27.5’s out. You may not have such a hard time finding them afterall. Still, better to have some extras laying around just in case.
For bike touring, I agree, panniers make the most sense. But for wooded trails, I like to keep a thinner profile so a backpack makes the most sense to me. Also, we’re talking about an emergency scenario that involves bugging out by bike. As someone else mentioned, you may need to abandon your bike if it is damaged too bad to repair and walk. That’s going to be easier to do with a backpack.
Personally, I consider carrying the backpack as part of my training and I like having the hydration bladder.
I created a list of what I mostly carry. You may want/need more or less stuff depending on budget, preferences and type of bike.
Active shooters, vehicle accidents, factory injuries, an arterial cut in the kitchen…
I keep a couple TQs in the car, and one in each first kit and backpack. I also keep a few as trainers. Anytime you have a severe bleed on a limb, slap a TQ on before/while calling an ambulance. They save lives. The quality models that are proven effective don’t cause damage unless left on too long (Ive been told over an hour and they start to get concerned). If you use one to save a life, fire depts/EMTs have been known to give you a new one. Some manufacturers will as well.
I’ve taken several first aid and stop the bleed courses put on by different groups. Some have given them out for free. Get some, practice with it and carry them with you.
I love my Subaru crosstrek, although the trunk space is a bit lacking. The Outback would be a better choice in that area. I just didn’t like the look of it. But the Crosstrek hits all the points I was looking for in a vehicle for a prepper. Safe. AWD, inconspicuous, good gas mileage, decent clearance, nice handling, oil changes are so easy my 11 year old can do them. I’ve also changed several filters and spark plugs myself. Basically all the general maintenance stuff with little difficulty and I’m no mechanic. I rented, I think a Forrester on vacation once. It was a joy to drive with tons of space. I love Subarus. I doubt you’ll be disappointed with the Outback.
Great post! I agree 100% and am a big fan of dry fire practice. I’d love a list of the drills you do.
I can definitely make that happen for you. Give me a couple days.
I’ve yet to wreck my bike so badly that I couldn’t make it home. But you’re right, it could happen. When we go on longer bike rides qe always carry our backpacks. They are light, mostly water and first aid kits. But in an emergency I would likely carry a bigger a one.
I found my co-op through a friend who had been doing long distance biking for years. But I’ve found that some bike shops also offer classes or may have special programs. REI offers bike maintenance classes, most have a fee.
Call around some bike shops, or see if you can find some clubs or groups on social media. Good luck!
I use my fireplace. Never tried it in summer, but we do it in winter just for fun.
I have a couple Honeywell HEPA air purifiers. No idea if they actually work against Covid, but they seem to work against allergies and we don’t get sick very often.
I’m a single, mom prepper with a youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/ReadyToDieFighting. It follows me and my 11 year old as we get in shape, learn to garden, build self defense skills and goof off. Fun stuff if you ask me!
I agree with someone else who said women have been prepping under the radar. Women, especially moms (of children or man-children), have always been preppers, we just don’t usually call it that. And it looks very different from the male narrative of prepping.
I once heard someone say “men prepare to fight the war, eomen prepare to survive it.” I also think this is accurate.