Survival Transportation: Is it Time for the Third Wheel?


This guest post is by John Wesley Smith of

Bikes and motorcycles of various kinds and sizes were the rage a couple summers back when gas prices went through the roof. Will they again gain popularity when fuel prices get as high as they did before?

Will bikes be in our foreseeable future because of economic considerations? Or, are we locked into our normal routines of transportation?

I’ve got a recommendation that may be better than a bike for you. Consider the adult sized tricycle.

No kidding. Don’t laugh.

A trike has a lot going for it, especially if you’re unable to ride a bike for any reason at all. I could never ride one, so an adult trike works great for me.

There may be good reasons one will be a solution for you, too. For example, you may be someone who doesn’t have the sense of balance you used to have. Or perhaps you’ve put on extra weight over the years.

What if you have a disability or some sort of medical limitation that keeps you from riding a bike? Or what if you’re afraid a bike isn’t safe for you to ride? Then why not get a trike?

A trike is a low cost, alternative means of transportation just about anyone can use. A basket behind the seat can be used to carry groceries or other items. Because a trike is stable, you could pull a small trailer for transporting a child. Or you could put camping supplies in it.

If there’s an electromagnetic pulse in the not too distant future, it’s likely cars won’t be going anywhere. But you’ll still be able to travel on a trike. That makes a trike a great means of survival transportation.

Of course, you don't have to wait for society to collapse first. A trike will let you go on short errands nearby and leave the car at home. Imagine getting trikes for the whole family and going on little excursions such as to the park for a picnic.

The comfort of a trike ride will enable you to go farther than you might think. An obvious benefit is the exercise you get, in addition to the fun.

Give it some thought. One day you may enjoy the simplicity and fun of survival transportation with the third wheel.

(Editor's note: Gives new meaning the prepper acronym: BOB…Bug Out Bike!)

-The Berkey Guy

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4 Responses to Survival Transportation: Is it Time for the Third Wheel?

  1. Paul Riehl October 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    I live in Uruguay – I see these every day. Which is part of why I moved my family here – not as far to fall as the land of the Untied Snakes.

  2. SLHaynes October 24, 2011 at 5:56 am #

    My physically disabled sister had one of these. There was no where she wouldn’t travel using hers. The dachshund loved it too!

  3. Edward March 16, 2017 at 9:19 am #

    The newer tadpole trikes with two wheels in the front are gaining popularity for some of the same reasons people go for regular trikes. They are also more stable and faster than the older style. Many people with back or shoulder problems are relieved to find they place less stress on these areas.

    • David March 27, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

      Nice observation, Edward. Have you had a shot at riding one of those tadpole trikes?

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