In an emergency bug-out scenario, preexisting transportation plans can easily backfire. Your primary escape route may be blocked by excessive traffic, or your vehicle may break down unexpectedly. If SHTF and you desperately need to get out of town quickly, it's wise to know additional methods of obtaining a ride. In urban areas, bicycles are especially common, and will often be left behind or abandoned when disaster strikes. In these life-and-death scenarios, defeating a bike lock could provide a means to escape danger much faster than walking.

Bicycles can be found throughout virtually all urban areas, and are often abandoned during disasters.

Bicycles can be found throughout all urban areas, and are often abandoned during disasters.

Disclaimer: we're obviously not advocating the use of this knowledge for any illegal purposes. It should only be used as an absolute last resort to escape mortal danger, and if you are forced to use a locked bicycle under these circumstances, you should always return it as soon as possible. Nobody likes thieves, so don't steal.

Crack bike lock combination bicycle 3

Most bicycles in cities and towns will be locked to poles, railings, and other stationary objects with some form of combination lock. Whether you're in a major emergency, or you simply forgot the combination to your own lock, it can be useful to know how to crack a bike lock. Most bike locks use a set of four combination dials, connected to a strong metal cable. While you could cut the cable with bolt cutters, it's actually much easier to unlock using a little manual pressure.

Here's how it's done:

The key is to use one hand to apply tension to the cable, which will cause the dials to fall into place as they unlock. Now that you know this trick, it should serve as a reminder that most consumer-grade locks are surprisingly easy to crack. So, if you have a bike, you may want to upgrade to a solid metal lock with a key, rather than a combination cable.

STAY SAFE: Download a Free copy of the OFFGRID Outbreak Issue

In issue 12, Offgrid Magazine took a hard look at what you should be aware of in the event of a viral outbreak. We're now offering a free digital copy of the OffGrid Outbreak issue when you subscribe to the OffGrid email newsletter. Sign up and get your free digital copy

No Comments