BicyclesFast, traverse long distances, almost silent can carry large heavy loads.But, are subject to tire punctures by everything from spiky seeds to glass and tacks.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~http://mrtuffy.com/product-line.htmlMost of the flats I've had were a result of debris and/or rot between the tube and rim instead of direct tire puncture. I think flats will just be a fact of life unless you want to try to try to go the airless tire route:http://www.google.com/#hl=en&tbo=d&rlz=1R2NDKB_enUS5...However, one thing about bikes that hasn't been mentioned is the sheer cargo load even if not ridden. Anyone that knows what the Vietnamese did on the Ho Chi Minh trail would be an advocate.If nothing else, just being able to push/rickshaw your stuff like firewood, water, or even deer kill back to your bivouac would be convenient. Especially if you had a bike trailer:http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3D...http://www.amazon.com/Aosom-Wanderer-Bicycle-Luggage-Trailer...Having done some extended rides, I'm not sure I would want a fixed gear even if it was more reliable. Being able to take advantage of gear changes would just be too valuable to me. Of course, that doesn't mean one couldn't do a little work to do a gear swap if necessary; bike maintenance was part of your survival training right? ;)justacog
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