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Bicycle Travel => Gear Talk => Topic started by: tonythomson on July 07, 2012, 11:22:42 am

 
Title: This is novel use of bike & tent for lightweight tourers
Post by: tonythomson on July 07, 2012, 11:22:42 am
Not too sure how much weight using the bike like this would save.  I could not be bothered with anything like this because after a days riding I want my tent up in no time - especially if raining,  Just wonder what state the tent would be when wet and muddy.

Anyone used one and can put me right about how good they are?

pedaldamnit.blogspot.co.uk/2008/11/topeak-bikamper.html (http://pedaldamnit.blogspot.co.uk/2008/11/topeak-bikamper.html) 
Title: Re: This is novel use of bike & tent for lightweight tourers
Post by: mcparsons on July 07, 2012, 12:24:05 pm
Seems awfully fiddly for something that basically just avoids the weight of two short fiberglass poles at either end. 
Title: Re: This is novel use of bike & tent for lightweight tourers
Post by: Pat Lamb on July 07, 2012, 01:37:29 pm
Do you need to stake and guy the bike for winds?
Title: Re: This is novel use of bike & tent for lightweight tourers
Post by: DaveB on July 07, 2012, 07:29:43 pm
Impresses me an the solution to a problem no one has.
Title: Re: This is novel use of bike & tent for lightweight tourers
Post by: dkoloko on July 07, 2012, 07:43:32 pm
My Seedhouse SL1 weighs less, and I can sit up in it.
Title: Re: This is novel use of bike & tent for lightweight tourers
Post by: staehpj1 on July 08, 2012, 09:07:00 am
It seems decidedly inconvenient.  Once the tent is pitched you can't ride the bike.
Title: Re: This is novel use of bike & tent for lightweight tourers
Post by: bogiesan on July 08, 2012, 09:54:33 am

Variations on this tent-with-a-wheel theme have shown up around here, and in the sport of bike touring, for about forty years now. They fade from credibility quickly but not before some poor schlub wastes their money. The list of impracticalities is far longer than the list of benefits. And I can't think of a single benefit.
ONe of the features I insist all of my equipment possess is multiple applications. My tent can be used without a bike. Why would someone want, say, a sleeping bag that uses your saddle as a pillow? Or a stove that requires your rear rack? A water filter that attaches to your suspension fork?
Title: Re: This is novel use of bike & tent for lightweight tourers
Post by: tonythomson on July 08, 2012, 05:48:24 pm
I guess no one here will be investing in this project ;D  I wonder if the designer has ever been cyclo touring or did they just think it up without consulting anyone likely to use a bike and a tent.
Title: Re: This is novel use of bike & tent for lightweight tourers
Post by: DaveB on July 08, 2012, 06:04:28 pm
There are similar tents/shelters that use the back of a van or pickup truck as part of their structure and they have the same disadvantages.  You can't use the vehicle for anything else while it's part of the tent and the tent is useless without the vehicle.   
Title: Re: This is novel use of bike & tent for lightweight tourers
Post by: indyfabz on July 09, 2012, 08:02:57 am
Almost on par with this idea, which someone on another forum suggested could be adapted for use with trailers:

http://www.designboom.com/contest/view.php?contest_pk=10&item_pk=7087&p=1