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4th Feb '17 12:54:11 AM Doug86
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* Once {{Comic/Superman}} foiled a nuclear strike, the resulting blast causes massive electronic failure in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns''. Everyone in Gotham proceeds to either travel on foot or horseback, such as the Sons of Batman.

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* Once {{Comic/Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} foiled a nuclear strike, the resulting blast causes massive electronic failure in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns''. Everyone in Gotham proceeds to either travel on foot or horseback, such as the Sons of Batman.



* Played straight in ''Literature/EarthAbides,'' despite that novel's general attempt at realism on most other possible issues related to a DepopulationBomb. Early in the novel the main character drives around for a while, and later in the novel some of his sons fix up a car and drive around a while, but eventually these cars break down past their ability to repair. After that point they and everyone else in the novel either travels on foot or by horse.

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* Played straight in ''Literature/EarthAbides,'' ''Literature/EarthAbides'', despite that novel's general attempt at realism on most other possible issues related to a DepopulationBomb. Early in the novel the main character drives around for a while, and later in the novel some of his sons fix up a car and drive around a while, but eventually these cars break down past their ability to repair. After that point they and everyone else in the novel either travels on foot or by horse.



* Justified in ''Literature/ZForZachariah.'' The scientist Mr Loomis has to traverse on foot across a nuclear-polluted United States in a radiation-proof suit, after finding his car is too radioactive to safely drive in, and the suit is too bulky to ride a bike on.

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* Justified in ''Literature/ZForZachariah.'' ''Literature/ZForZachariah''. The scientist Mr Loomis has to traverse on foot across a nuclear-polluted United States in a radiation-proof suit, after finding his car is too radioactive to safely drive in, and the suit is too bulky to ride a bike on.



* Bikes were used quite heavily in the first season of ''FallingSkies''

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* Bikes were used quite heavily in the first season of ''FallingSkies''''Series/FallingSkies''.



* There are some notable examples of bicycles being used in major battles during UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo:

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* There are some notable examples of bicycles being used in major battles during UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo:UsefulNotes/WorldWarII:



** Japanese forces took over most of Southeast Asia (most notably Singapore) largely by riding on bicyles to get to places that tanks and artillery couldn't get to.

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** Japanese forces took over most of Southeast Asia (most notably Singapore) largely by riding on bicyles bicycles to get to places that tanks and artillery couldn't get to.



* During the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar cargo-loaded bicycles were a significant component of the North's Ho Chi Minh Trail supply train, although motorized vehicles were also used there. And earlier than that, they had already used them at Dien Bien Phu, which enabled them to supply the besieging forces in ways French high command had not thought possible. [[http://warisboring.com/articles/south-vietnamese-troops-almost-fought-from-battle-bicycles The Pentagon tried to supply the South Vietnamese]] with bicycles as well for added mobility during combat patrols, but this effort didn't go very far and was abandoned.

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* During the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar cargo-loaded bicycles were a significant component of the North's Ho Chi Minh Trail supply train, although motorized vehicles were also used there. And earlier than that, they had already used them at Dien Bien Phu, which enabled them to supply the besieging forces in ways French high command had not thought possible. [[http://warisboring.com/articles/south-vietnamese-troops-almost-fought-from-battle-bicycles The Pentagon tried to supply the South Vietnamese]] with bicycles as well for added mobility during combat patrols, but this effort didn't go very far and was abandoned.
3rd Feb '17 7:32:24 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* Once a failed nuclear strike causes massive electronic failure in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'', everyone either travels on foot or horse.

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* Once {{Comic/Superman}} foiled a failed nuclear strike strike, the resulting blast causes massive electronic failure in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'', everyone ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns''. Everyone in Gotham proceeds to either travels travel on foot or horse.horseback, such as the Sons of Batman.
3rd Feb '17 7:25:16 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* A bike-riding Nuka-Cola Delivery man briefly appears in ''VideoGame/FalloutTacticsBrotherhoodOfSteel''. Outside of that, the series plays it straight as an arrow: all you can find is kiddie tricycles that no PlayerCharacter has any use for.

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* A bike-riding Nuka-Cola Delivery man briefly appears in ''VideoGame/FalloutTacticsBrotherhoodOfSteel''. Outside of that, the series plays it straight as an arrow: all you can find is kiddie tricycles that no PlayerCharacter has any use for. ''VideoGame/Fallout2'' is the only game that has any transport for the player character and friends that doesn't involve walking; the Chosen One can find a broken down old Highwayman (that's big enough to hold a Super Mutant or Robobrain) can repair and upgrade it from mechanics by finding the parts.
10th Nov '16 8:10:23 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* Massively averted in the horror/romantic comedy ''Film/TurboKid'', where bikes are the ONLY mode of transportation used throughout the post-apocalyptic wasteland.

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* Massively averted in the horror/romantic comedy ''Film/TurboKid'', where bikes are the ONLY mode of transportation used throughout the post-apocalyptic wasteland. This leads to humorous juxtapositions of ferocious wasteland warriors mounted on 1980s-style BMX bikes.
26th Oct '16 1:42:01 PM WillKeaton
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* ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand has one person specifically mention that to most people in abandoned Gotham bikes are worth more than cars because gas is so hard to come by.

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* ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'' has one person specifically mention that to most people in abandoned Gotham bikes are worth more than cars because gas is so hard to come by.
26th Oct '16 1:41:37 PM WillKeaton
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* Justified in Literature/ZForZachariah. The scientist Mr Loomis has to traverse on foot across a nuclear-polluted United States in a radiation-proof suit, after finding his car is too radioactive to safely drive in, and the suit is too bulky to ride a bike on.

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* Justified in Literature/ZForZachariah. ''Literature/ZForZachariah.'' The scientist Mr Loomis has to traverse on foot across a nuclear-polluted United States in a radiation-proof suit, after finding his car is too radioactive to safely drive in, and the suit is too bulky to ride a bike on.
26th Oct '16 1:40:55 PM WillKeaton
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* Played straight in Literature/EarthAbides, despite that novel's general attempt at realism on most other possible issues related to a DepopulationBomb; early in the novel the main character drives around for a while, and later in the novel some of his sons fix up a car and drive around a while, but eventually these cars break down past their ability to repair. After that point they and everyone else in the novel either travels on foot or by horse.

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* Played straight in Literature/EarthAbides, ''Literature/EarthAbides,'' despite that novel's general attempt at realism on most other possible issues related to a DepopulationBomb; early DepopulationBomb. Early in the novel the main character drives around for a while, and later in the novel some of his sons fix up a car and drive around a while, but eventually these cars break down past their ability to repair. After that point they and everyone else in the novel either travels on foot or by horse.
13th Oct '16 1:02:23 PM tricksterson
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* ZigZagged in the ''Literature/{{Emberverse}}''. In the first trilogy, bicycles are in fact one of the better ways of getting large groups of infantry around the post-Change United States, and can turn a unit of archers into FragileSpeedster {{Glass Cannon}}s capable of rapidly getting into the best possible position to rain arrow-y death on their enemies. They are quietly phased out after that as [[AuthorAppeal the writer expands the fantasy elements and makes the whole thing more like an Arthurian saga]].

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* ZigZagged in the ''Literature/{{Emberverse}}''. In the first trilogy, bicycles are in fact one of the better ways of getting large groups of infantry around the post-Change United States, and can turn a unit of archers into FragileSpeedster {{Glass Cannon}}s capable of rapidly getting into the best possible position to rain arrow-y death on their enemies. They are quietly phased out after that as [[AuthorAppeal the writer expands the fantasy elements and makes the whole thing more like an Arthurian saga]].saga]] although still sometimes used for scouting and carrying messages. In the anthology "The Change" they appear or are mentioned in several stories especially "Phil, Lord of the Apes" where the bad guys are a biker gang that, since internal combustion is a thing of the past, ride bicycles instead of motorcycles.
13th Oct '16 12:54:03 PM tricksterson
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** Averted however in ''No Mans Land'' where working cars are few and far between and bicycles are a valuable commodity. In one vignette a mechanic is asked to repair a bicycle in order to gain entry to a gangs territory.
13th Oct '16 12:52:15 PM tricksterson
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** Averted however in ''No Mans Land'' where working cars are few and far between and bicycles are a valuable commodity. In one vignette a mechanic is asked to repair a bicycle in order to gain entry to a gangs territory.
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