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1st Apr '18 3:40:56 PM Malady
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This odd anomaly in transportation availability seems to manifest in many stories where it logically shouldn't. Sure, of ''course'' Frodo can't [[WalkIntoMordor mountainbike his way into Mordor]], and his pal Aragorn can't grab a BMX to reach Gondor with some fancy wheelies. But that doesn't stop [[ActorAllusion Viggo Mortensen]] from somehow forgetting that bikes exist in ''Film/TheRoad''. Whether you're watching ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' or ''MadMax'', the problem remains. Fantasy and Sci-fi works involving post-apocalyptic worlds all have [[LaserGuidedAmnesia selective amnesia]] when it comes to the world-changing invention of the bicycle. Maybe it's because horses are just [[RuleofCool cooler than bikes]], or maybe it's because all the [[IdiotPlot idiots in the plot]] don't know how to pedal, or maybe it's because those [[GreyGoo world-destroying nanobots have a specific affinity for aluminum frames]].

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This odd anomaly in transportation availability seems to manifest in many stories where it logically shouldn't. Sure, of ''course'' Frodo can't [[WalkIntoMordor mountainbike his way into Mordor]], and his pal Aragorn can't grab a BMX to reach Gondor with some fancy wheelies. But that doesn't stop [[ActorAllusion Viggo Mortensen]] from somehow forgetting that bikes exist in ''Film/TheRoad''. Whether you're watching ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' or ''MadMax'', ''Film/MadMax'', the problem remains. Fantasy and Sci-fi works involving post-apocalyptic worlds all have [[LaserGuidedAmnesia selective amnesia]] when it comes to the world-changing invention of the bicycle. Maybe it's because horses are just [[RuleofCool cooler than bikes]], or maybe it's because all the [[IdiotPlot idiots in the plot]] don't know how to pedal, or maybe it's because those [[GreyGoo world-destroying nanobots have a specific affinity for aluminum frames]].
1st Mar '18 5:25:08 AM REV6Pilot
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Unturned}}'' as of version 3.20.9.0. The Bicycle consumes the player's stamina for fuel, with stamina drain and speed regulated by the user's Exercise skill. It also makes no noise while moving unless you ring the bell.

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* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Unturned}}'' as of version 3.20.9.0. The Bicycle consumes the player's stamina for fuel, with stamina drain and speed regulated by the user's Exercise skill. It also makes no noise audible to players while moving unless you ring the bell.bell. As a downside, it's the slowest vehicle in the game, it has no trunk space whatsoever, zombies can detect it from the same range as a motor vehicle, and thanks to ''Unturned 3.0'''s vehicle physics, it can't coast down slopes like a fixed-gear bike, you ''have'' to pedal to keep going forward.
21st Feb '18 10:43:48 PM SteelEdge
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* Played with in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse''. Bikes are just another piece of VendorTrash to sell and can never be ridden. Cross referencing some flavor text reveals that it's only safe to ride them indoors, and that the demons outside attack anything moving too fast.
27th Nov '17 1:37:59 PM REV6Pilot
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One however should be careful not to overlook the fact that no matter how good a bike is, 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 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. Of course gasoline goes bad after a year or so (so no, you ''can't'' stockpile enough of it) and in countries such as UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands or UsefulNotes/Denmark there are more bikes than people so while people might steal ''good'' bikes, anybody stealing a bike if they're literally just sitting on the street stretches belief. And turning murderously violent over something like a bike would just seem silly, if you can take one off the countless corpses in Amsterdam or Portland.

Compare SchizoTech and ScavengerWorld. Contrast RagnarokProofing, for those rare cases where bicycles ''are'' still around and in working order, 500 years after the fact.

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One however However, you should be careful not to overlook the fact that no matter how good a bike is, 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 rider, provides no shelter to the rider, be it from rain, bullets, or the hands of zombies. One zombies, and unless you get a long downward slope in your path, you can't really rest while riding a bike, riding, 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 catastrophe, namely because the bike doesn't provide the protection of a motor-vehicle, is 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. Of course course, gasoline goes bad after a year or so (so no, you ''can't'' stockpile enough of it) and in countries such as UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands or UsefulNotes/Denmark UsefulNotes/{{Denmark}} there are more bikes than people people, so while people might steal ''good'' bikes, anybody stealing a bike if they're literally just sitting on the street stretches belief. And turning Turning murderously violent over something like a bike would just seem silly, silly if you can take one off the countless corpses in Amsterdam or Portland.

Compare SchizoTech and ScavengerWorld. Contrast RagnarokProofing, for those rare cases where bicycles (among other objects) ''are'' still around and in working order, 500 years after the fact.



* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Unturned}}'' as of version 3.20.9.0. The Bicycle consumes the player's stamina for fuel, with stamina drain and speed regulated by the user's Exercise skill. It also makes no noise while moving unless you ring the bell. Although since it's coded as a vehicle, [[MadeOfExplodium it can explode if its health reaches 0]].

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* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Unturned}}'' as of version 3.20.9.0. The Bicycle consumes the player's stamina for fuel, with stamina drain and speed regulated by the user's Exercise skill. It also makes no noise while moving unless you ring the bell. Although since it's coded as a vehicle, [[MadeOfExplodium it can explode if its health reaches 0]].
16th Nov '17 12:14:41 PM Jhonny
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One however should be careful not to overlook the fact that no matter how good a bike is, 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 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. Of course gasoline goes bad after a year or so (so no, you ''can't'' stockpile enough of it) and in countries such as UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands or UsefulNotes/Denmark have more bikes than people so while people might steal ''good'' bikes, anybody stealing a bike if they're literally just sitting on the street stretches belief. And turning murderously violent over something like a bike would just seem silly, if you can take one off the countless corpses in Amsterdam or Portland.

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One however should be careful not to overlook the fact that no matter how good a bike is, 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 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. Of course gasoline goes bad after a year or so (so no, you ''can't'' stockpile enough of it) and in countries such as UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands or UsefulNotes/Denmark have there are more bikes than people so while people might steal ''good'' bikes, anybody stealing a bike if they're literally just sitting on the street stretches belief. And turning murderously violent over something like a bike would just seem silly, if you can take one off the countless corpses in Amsterdam or Portland.
14th Nov '17 10:23:50 AM REV6Pilot
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* Played straight in ''VideoGame/SevenDaysToDie''. Despite there being mechanical parts for different items that look like they could be cobbled into a halfway decent bicycle, the only vehicle available is a gas-guzzling motorized minibike.

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* Played straight in ''VideoGame/SevenDaysToDie''. Despite there being mechanical parts for different items that look like they could be cobbled into a halfway decent bicycle, the only vehicle available is a gas-guzzling motorized minibike. According to WordOfGod, it's planned for Alpha 17 to feature an actual bicycle that uses the player's SprintMeter to move as a lower-tier, more easily accessible alternative to the minibike.
12th Nov '17 1:25:09 PM Jhonny
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One however should be careful not to overlook the fact that no matter how good a bike is, 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 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.

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One however should be careful not to overlook the fact that no matter how good a bike is, 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 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.
survivors. Of course gasoline goes bad after a year or so (so no, you ''can't'' stockpile enough of it) and in countries such as UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands or UsefulNotes/Denmark have more bikes than people so while people might steal ''good'' bikes, anybody stealing a bike if they're literally just sitting on the street stretches belief. And turning murderously violent over something like a bike would just seem silly, if you can take one off the countless corpses in Amsterdam or Portland.
12th Nov '17 1:20:42 PM Jhonny
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This can be somewhat justified if it's more than a few decades AfterTheEnd, because roads would break down and become overgrown, which Jeeps and such could handle, but bikes couldn't. Unless it's a mountain bike.

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This can be somewhat justified if it's more than a few decades AfterTheEnd, because roads would break down and become overgrown, which Jeeps and such could handle, but bikes couldn't. Unless it's a mountain bike.
bike. In fact, a movement for "good roads" (i.e. any paving at all) began mostly on the insistence of cyclists in the late 19th century, only later getting taken over by motorists.
6th Nov '17 12:12:34 PM SeptimusHeap
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* Inverted in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}''. There ''are'' bikes, but you never see anybody using them. You can find several of them and indications of the rebels using them (eg. "Highway 17", where one is found next to a corpse and a crossbow), but they are all rusted beyond usage, and work as little more than decorations and Gravity Gun ammo.

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* Inverted in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}''.''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. There ''are'' bikes, but you never see anybody using them. You can find several of them and indications of the rebels using them (eg. "Highway 17", where one is found next to a corpse and a crossbow), but they are all rusted beyond usage, and work as little more than decorations and Gravity Gun ammo.
28th Oct '17 8:22:13 AM REV6Pilot
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Unturned}}'' as of version 3.20.9.0. The Bicycle consumes the player's stamina for fuel, with stamina drain and speed regulated by the user's Exercise skill. It also makes no noise while moving unless you ring the bell. Although since it's coded as a vehicle, [[MadeOfExplodium it can explode if its health reaches 0]].
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