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Am I alone or has anyone else considered bikes (as in the ones with pedals) as part of their survival kit?  While they do have limitations, they don't run out of gas, are quiet, and are easy to conceal.  Plus fixing  a flat on a bike is much easier than fixing one on a car. I'll need to take pics of the bike that I'm preparing for dooms-day.

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I think the reason you have such a small front sprocket is because of the weight the byke is designed to haul.   A larger front sprocket would also mena you have to apply more effort to get that back wheel moving.  This bike is made for hauling not speed.  This also explain why it uses a pedal brake.  (that said, I'd probably add hand brakes for the front tires as well as the attached trailer.

You're correct Tobias. If in my example we went from the 36 tooth sprocket to a 48 tooth, we would increase the rotation of the back wheel to a 4 to 1 ratio, but also greatly increase the exertion to turn the crank. I suspect this trike was spec'ted out to travel between 1 or 2 miles for deliveries.

Putting brakes on the trailer would be difficult, but not impossible. The reason I would add braking power is to control downhill speed and for holding on uphill pushes.



Tobias Gibson said:

I think the reason you have such a small front sprocket is because of the weight the byke is designed to haul.   A larger front sprocket would also mena you have to apply more effort to get that back wheel moving.  This bike is made for hauling not speed.  This also explain why it uses a pedal brake.  (that said, I'd probably add hand brakes for the front tires as well as the attached trailer.

Yep.  no doubt that bike would work better in say  Dallas Texas than San Francisco California

Tobias, Right again.

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