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3rd Sep '17 12:21:29 PM Peteman
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* Averted hard in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoyAndTheWorld'', where a bike is the main form of transportation for Cuca and the rainbow hat man.

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* Averted hard in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoyAndTheWorld'', where a bike is the main form of transportation for Cuca and the rainbow hat man.
13th Jun '17 8:24:25 AM janosrock
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* In ''ComicBook/ElEternauta'' the main characters use bikes to flee from the [[spoiler: soon to be nuked]] Buenos Aires, if only briefly due to the roads being littered with an entire army. They mostly use trucks for conviniency.
28th Apr '17 9:56:30 PM frogpatrol
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For a little history: The forerunner of the bicycle was the dandy horse, which was just two wheels and no pedals - your feet were the drive. It was patented in 1818. The first with pedals was built in 1839 by a blacksmith. Because of this there's really no reason (aside from the fact that TropesAreTools) that a post-apocalyptic world can't maintain or produce their own bikes. They may not be as complicated or as comfortable as modern bikes, but they'd still get you places without having to worry about fuel or animal care.

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For a little history: The forerunner of the bicycle was the dandy horse, which was just two wheels and no pedals - your pedals. Your feet were the drive. It was patented in 1818. The first with pedals was built in 1839 by a blacksmith. Because of this there's really no reason (aside from the fact that TropesAreTools) that a post-apocalyptic world can't couldn't maintain or produce manufacture their own bikes. They may might not be as complicated or as comfortable as modern bikes, but they'd still get you places without having to worry about fuel or animal care.



One however should be careful not to overlook the fact that no matter how good a bike is, its not a car. A bike can't carry more weight than can be pulled by the muscle-power of its rider. A bike provides no shelter to the rider, be it from rain, bullets, or the hands of zombies. One can't rest while riding a bike, since the rider is powering the bike. As well as a host of other limitations. In Real Life, many who are into "prepping" debate the intelligence of keeping a bike for transportation in the event of catastrophe. Namely because the bike doesn't provide the protection of a motor-vehicle, is no where near as fast as a motor-vehicle, but like a motor-vehicle can paint a huge target on the back of the owner in the eyes of other (possibly hostile) survivors.

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One however should be careful not to overlook the fact that no matter how good a bike is, its it's not a car. A bike can't carry more weight than can be pulled by the muscle-power of its rider. A bike provides no shelter to the rider, be it from rain, bullets, or the hands of zombies. One can't rest while riding a bike, since the rider is powering the bike. As well as a host of other limitations. In Real Life, many who are into "prepping" debate the intelligence of keeping a bike for transportation in the event of catastrophe. Namely because the bike doesn't provide the protection of a motor-vehicle, is no where nowhere near as fast as a motor-vehicle, but like a motor-vehicle can paint a huge target on the back of the owner in the eyes of other (possibly hostile) survivors.



* Once 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.

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* Once In ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'', [[spoiler: Franchise/{{Superman}} foiled foils a nuclear strike, the strike. The resulting blast causes massive electronic failure in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns''. Everyone in failure. The inhabitants of Gotham proceeds to then travels either travel on foot or horseback, such as or, in the case of the Sons of Batman.Batman, on horseback.]]



* ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''. Pretty ironic, since Jim's character was a bicycle courier before the accident that got him into a coma in the first place.

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* ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''. Pretty ironic, Ironic, since Jim's character was a bicycle courier before the accident that got him into a coma in the first place.place. Particularly strange in that, as the title of the film says, the movie takes place only a month after.



* ''Film/TheRoad'': No one rides bikes. The main character at least as the excuse of having a cart filled with all of his supplies to push around.

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* ''Film/TheRoad'': No one rides bikes. The main character at least as has the excuse of having a cart filled with all of his supplies to push around.
18th Apr '17 9:08:03 AM Da1tonTheGreat
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** The group doesn't seem to grab a bike from anywhere, despite having practically the whole world to pick from. Averted in the pilot, though: after getting out the hospital, Rick rides a bike for a few minutes before abandoning it.

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** The group doesn't seem to grab a bike from anywhere, despite having practically the whole world to pick from. Averted in the pilot, though: after getting out the hospital, Rick rides a bike for a few minutes before abandoning it. Bikes show up again quite a bit later in the Season 7 finale, being used alongside garbage trucks by the Scavengers.
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.
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