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Old 08-20-2014, 01:57 AM   #1
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Bivvy / Basha?

Hello Chaps,
My first post.
I've been thinking about making a day shelter, for touring in less than perfect weather.
I've looked at the beach shelter type things but they're a bit poncy and a pig to erect in a wind, also they do leave you exposed in the rain.
I've looked at the storm shelter type bags and while I'll be getting one anyway (they look like a good idea) for extreme refuge situations I want something a bit more comfortable for normal use.
Years ago at a rally the Satan's Slaves turned up, they didn't have tents, they just pulled their bikes into a circle and stretched a tarpaulin over them for their shelter.
So I'm thinking, I've got a little tour coming up in October - only 3 days but I'd like the chance to chill out a bit and set up a little base camp on a picturesque hill / beach, armed with pistachio nuts, my Ghillie kettle and a good book I think it could be very pleasant.
My plan is to use the bike as a Basha pole, park it leaning into the wind and make up a tarpaulin with eyelets so I can bungee it to the bars at the front and over the topbox at the back. The tarpaulin then goes at 45 degrees to the ground where two more eyelets will have pegs driven into the ground, the tarpaulin then folds back under itself and returns to the bike on the ground. I'll then have a dry sitting area protected from the wind and rain.
The only problem I can see is that it will tend to bow in in the middle with the wind, so maybe a third set of bungee/peg points would be needed.
Has anyone done something similar? Any thoughts?

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Old 08-20-2014, 02:57 AM   #2
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Can't you use your tent poles at one end and the bike at the other?
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Old 08-20-2014, 08:16 AM   #3
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No tent! I'm trying to keep the packing to the minimum.
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Old Yesterday, 01:41 PM   #4
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I have done just what you describe, it works, but not that well. Barely room to sit up, water gets in the sides and i kept worrying the bike was going to fall on me while I was sleeping. This was with my R65 so it might be a bit better with a big and tall bike.
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