SMALL bike camping thread

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by RAZR, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    I got one. Says DIEHARD on it and has fake battery posts on top. Has a hidden handle too. Looks pretty slick.
  2. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    OK, so I failed a bit..and never got pics up of any of the luggage this past weekend. Luckily, I did get out and ride both Saturday and Sunday on the DRZ..and gave the wife Monday( holiday). But, I never got around to mounting my rear rack or the dirtbagz racks on the bike..those shots, on bike, will come when we get some warm weather again...and I clean the bike up.

    Not in pics are the Dirtbagz, which will hold tent, fly, tent stakes, sleeping bag, pillow, sleeping bag liner, and such.

    BUT, for now, for your viewing pleasure, is my mock set up....to see where things will go. I just got in, today, the Wolfman Alfa-Beta( rear most) bag. I ordered this bag to carry my sleeping pad, Alite chair, camera tripod, jet boil and spare fuel, and mess kit. Still have room to fit other crap in there too, if need be.
    On the front of the rack, I have my 100% waterproof Wolfman Dry Duffle...this is the generation before the expedition line...which is probably why I got a really good deal on it last year. This will carry clothes, freeze dried food, and anything else that needs to stay dry.

    Of course, out front is the Wolfman Enduro Tank bag..which is always with me on the bike. This will carry electronics and tools...as usual.

    Tonn's rear rack...great rear rack.
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  3. xymotic

    xymotic Long timer

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    The espresso machine will probably pack much smaller on the bike if you leave the box at home:deal
  4. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    :lol3 The Keurig coffee maker was the Wife's Christmas present. Trust me, if i could take that on the bike with me, I would. She'd probably kill me first though. :D
  5. douglasgraham

    douglasgraham This is my car

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    I go like Im backpacking. The first night out is the big night cuz you can haul in steak or shrimp and then the following nights we roll with freeze dried backcountry food because of space. The cook wear is standard backpacking gear, aka MSR and the like.

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  6. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    ...can't wait till I am actually camping and can post those pics.

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  7. CHRIS_D

    CHRIS_D Been here awhile

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    Looking good Doug!!:clap
  8. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    Thanks.
  9. redfishguide

    redfishguide Old Dirt Biker

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    Bump!! this is a great thread. Good for solo canoeing too.

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  10. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    Bumpity Bump....although a crappy cold rainy day here in NJ...spring is here and it will be time to camp soon enough.

    Just ordered a Hennessy Expedition Hammock through Amazon. I actually went to REI first and was looking to save some money with my 20% off coupon, but of course they did not have any, and of course the website was sold out..and the guy behind the counter said they were not getting more in till August. WTF.
  11. Stu

    Stu Buffo Maximus

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    I've been a member of REI for 40 years. They have recently adopted the mass market approach to products, for whatever reason. That is NOT what they did in the past.

    Go to Mountain Gear dot com now. They seem to have the quality products we need.

    Stu
  12. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    Got my hammock in today. Very happy with it. I wish it were not raining, so I could set it up and try it out in the backyard. Seems REI is sold out till August, so I took a leap of faith ordering through Amazon....which its really sold from a company called ImagineGear.com. I will order from them again.

    I have watched a couple set up videos and it seems simple enough. One thing I did notice in one, is that it seems like they had some kind of screws in the tree to keep up the strap. Do many people need to do this??

    Also, I assume people are using tent stakes when attaching side ropes to ground??
  13. Snr Moment

    Snr Moment Unafarkler

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    Don't use hooks in trees. The hammock should have webbed straps to wrap around the tree to prevent/minimalize damage to the bark.

    If you haven't already done so, get on www.hammockforums.net for tons of info/instructions. Shug & Professor Hammock have good info & you can find the Professor on U-tube.
  14. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    I did not say I was gonna use the tree hooks. I actually am hoping its more the exception that the norm. I am hoping the straps work just fine with out them.

    I have seen that site mentioned before too. I spend enough time on motorcycle related boards..I do not really want to get sucked into other boards. Since I know there are people in this thread that use hammocks, I am hoping one of them will be able to answer my simple question. :deal
  15. Snr Moment

    Snr Moment Unafarkler

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    It's worth the time.

    Are you using adjustable straps, whoopie slings, dutch clips, carabiners? Can you tie a Zeppelin knot, lark's head, Prussig or Klemheist knot, trucker's hitch, slip hitch?
    Do you know how to tweak your hanging angle for better sleeping comfort?
    Sleeping bag & pad, or UQ, TQ?
    Square or catenary tarp?
    Do you know what a widow maker is?

    I've found the site well worth the time invested. YMMV

    Ride & hang safe.
  16. DougZ73

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    Well, I am happy to report I received my Hammock tent, Hennessy Asym Expedition, this passed Friday. It was raining, so I had to wait to try it out in the back yard.

    I watched a couple of the videos on the Hennessy site and was good to go to head out and set it up out back. I was glad to see that once the straps have some tension on them, they grip the tree just fine. It was a little odd getting into it from underneath, but once I did, it was so comfortable.

    This hammock is gonna be so much better than sleeping on the ground in my tent. The rain fly seems like it should be just a tad larger, but if I am using the hammock, it will be on a day that is hopefully not raining. Both my tent and this pack small enough, I can bring both and use either on any given night. The hammock sets up in minutes...even doing it my first time. Much quicker and easier than my regular tent.

    My only regret was not buying the snake skins with the tent, as a combo package. I will buy them as an add on though.

    Now if the warm weather will get here and stay, I can go try it out overnight.
  17. Rev Kiecker

    Rev Kiecker Been here awhile

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  18. dec181966

    dec181966 Dude on a motorcycle

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    Hi All,

    I have not camped in 20+ years but got the bug to get out there and do it. These are a couple of my favorite pics from last weekend. Rode up CA Hwy 1 to Manchester.

    I will be doing another longer trip in late June.

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  19. DougZ73

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    Very nice. I can't wait to get out and camp this year. :clap
  20. veriest1

    veriest1 Minimalist Gear Hoarder

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    I've had a tiGoat Ptarmigan for a little over a year now and it has served me quite well. Keep in mind it's not designed for use as a stand alone bivy but it will keep the dew off your bag and add a little bit of warmth. With this bivy, wool long johns, and a Montbell Extremely Light Down Jacket I've taken my 30 degree quilt down to 17F with ease.

    If you camp with a tarp it'll keep the wind from robbing your bag of heat and if you use a minimal tarp it'll keep any rain that's driven in from soaking your bag as long as you're somewhat smart about how and where you setup.

    Pay careful attention to their sizing information... they aren't lying. I got mine before upgrading to a Neoair small from a Prolite Small and it's a little tight in there. To the point where I now get cold spots where my down is compressed (hips) when laying on my side.

    Mountain Laurel Designs has some nice looking bivy bags as well - including fully waterproof models in the 12 ounce range. While I don't own one of their bags I have been more than happy with the MLD products I've bought and their customer service was excellent.

    And for the record I'm NOT affiliated with any of the companies mentioned in this post but I do like to support those small cutting edge U.S. companies.