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Old 03-26-2013, 01:06 AM   #1
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Anchoring a hammock to your bike

For my North-South America trip, I plan to mainly use my hammock (Hennesy). The main issue I foresee is finding two tree's or poles spaces nicely apart in a location that is suitable.

So, I am determined to use my bike as one of the anchor points, making it so I only need one tree/pole anywhere I go (much easier to find )

I know this guy did it (kinda), by running the tie line over the handle bars to second point (cheating) that can be pretty much be at any height.

I have searched high and low to find something that would allow me to simply use a single pole, the bike and a support for the bike, but haven't found a thing! Suggestions???

I am riding a 2008 650cc Versys

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Old 03-26-2013, 01:16 AM   #2
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Also, I know of this one, but it requires some serious ground anchors and what seems to be a lot of webbing & really complicated!

Anything simpler?
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:36 PM   #3
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Why not just tent ? To much of a hassle setting up ??
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:28 PM   #4
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I'll be bringing a tent too, it was simply to be able to use the hammock more. Because hammocks are awesome

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Old 03-26-2013, 10:35 PM   #5
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Anchoring a hammock to your bike

Sounds like a bad idea to me, but I'm not a big hammock fan.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:44 AM   #6
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:50 AM   #7
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Sounds like one of those "Hold my beer, watch this..." moments.

Don't think I would want to take the chance of several hundred pounds falling on me in the night nor the damage to the bike itself...
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:41 PM   #8
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:46 PM   #9
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You should be able to find two anchoring points most of the time. For those times that you can't, just go cowboy style with one end of the hammock attached to the bike. If you rig it up right, the portion where your head is should provide enough room. Down sides are you will still need a sleeping pad and you could have condensation issues.

Have a good trip!
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:54 PM   #10
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I do alot of backpacking. Even out west, I have almost no trouble finding two trees to secure my rig. A good tip, get a mat for your back or you will freeze all night. I have a lightweight thermarest that rolls up like a loaf of bread.

Alot of great info can be found on Backpacking sites.
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:08 PM   #11
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How about tying one rope to the rear of the bike running it forward "draped" over the bar to the hammock? The pic you linked to has the rope coming from the side of the bike. What I'm suggesting is using the weight of the bike against itself. The rope is trying to lift up the rear but since the rope is going forward, not up, there is not much "up" force. The rope is also pushing down on the front due to the hammock. Maybe, maybe not??

Do you have a centre stand or just the sidestand?
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:10 AM   #12
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Ok, this is what i would do. Be advised I have not tried this. I usually just sleep on the ground. But this is how you construct an anchor point to extricate a stuck vehicle when there is no ready anchor point.

You will need 2 stakes, 3 if the ground is soft.

Do not tie the hammock to the bike. Pass the rope over the bike at the lowest point of the seat and perpendicular to the bike. This is for stability.

Drive the 1st stake into the ground at an angle away from the bike. Tie the rope to the bottom of stake one.

Tie a short rope to the top of the 1st stake. Drive in a 2nd stake a short distance from the 1st. Tie the short rope to the bottom of the 2nd stake.

The hammoc, the ropes and stakes should all form a straight line.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:03 AM   #13
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+1 for Over the Bars

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How about tying one rope to the rear of the bike running it forward "draped" over the bar to the hammock? The pic you linked to has the rope coming from the side of the bike. What I'm suggesting is using the weight of the bike against itself. The rope is trying to lift up the rear but since the rope is going forward, not up, there is not much "up" force. The rope is also pushing down on the front due to the hammock. Maybe, maybe not??

Do you have a centre stand or just the sidestand?
+1 on this Idea. And you should test it. Using the long wheelbase of the bike should be much more stable than one side or the other. Might need to leave it in gear so you dont roll it forward on you. Go forth and test! Put up a pic if you can get it to work!
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:12 PM   #14
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I think you need a pole slightly taller than the bike. Stand it beside the bike. Tie your hammock to the top of it, and then tie it to the bike in a way that your weight in the hammock is trying to lift the bike rather than pull it over. Of course the pole would have to be fairly strong, and you'll have to anchor it to keep it from falling side to side, but it might work
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On the other hand an ultralite cot will be far more versatile and still keep you suspended above the ground.
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