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Andrew Badenoch
(77Zero) - F
Bike + Tarp (w/ no poles) on 10/16/2011 12:14:07 MDT Print View

There's a ~50 page post over at singletrackworld.com with general info about bikepaking gear. Since I was only looking for tarp info among the zillion other posts, and somebody also asked about rigging hexamid tarps with bikes over here, I've compiled just the relevant images below.

Anybody have other tips or tricks for bikepacking shelters without a tent?



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65/365 - A Little Nightcap @ SX 664662

My tarp setup

66/365 - Dartmoor Espresso

Outside

Integral Siltarp





May 4th - Bivi Planning



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Edit: I linked these to the flickr pages, but apparently the forum filters out links on images.

Edited by 77Zero on 10/16/2011 12:26:33 MDT.

Inaki Diaz de Etura
(inaki) - MLife

Locale: Iberia highlands
Bike as generic vertical support on 10/16/2011 16:08:04 MDT Print View

Most simple, less aggressive (and cleanest) to the tarp is to use the bike as an exterior, offset generic vertical support if the tarp pitch allows. It works just like using a regular pole. No contact between bike and tarp, no need to take the bike apart. I use the saddle to thread the guy line around as it's usually the highest point in the bike and it's usually easy to raise it to an acceptable height. The bike stands on its own (no kick-stand necessary) or, rather, the guy line tension keeps it standing:Bike as tarp vertical support 1Bike as tarp vertical support 2

In this most typical A-frame, two vertical supports are needed, a bike and a tree in the pic but two bikes work the same. In only one bike (and nothing else) is available, one end of the ridge line could be staked directly to the ground (this particular tarp is big enough for that not to mean a space problem).

Charlie Murphy
(baltocharlie) - F

Locale: MAryland
interesting images on 12/13/2011 20:30:05 MST Print View

Andrew: thanks, I was the guy looking for a solution. The first picture shows some promise. The Hexamid mesh screen presents the problem. Your picture would work if the hexamid beak extended out far enough. I haven't bought it yet, still need the cash. But for the weight it is a sweet deal.

Inaki: interesting idea and should work. Your picture does show a kickstand on the bike though. Plus it has to be hard to set it up solo, No??

Inaki Diaz de Etura
(inaki) - MLife

Locale: Iberia highlands
Re: Bike + Tarp (w/ no poles) on 12/17/2011 09:42:17 MST Print View

Charlie: the kickstand was deployed in that setup but it's really not necessary. The tension in the line keeps the bike standing just like with a hiking pole (that wouldn't stand up on its own either). The kickstand may help with setting up if you're on your own but it is actually very easy either way (with or without someone else's help, with or without the kickstand). Again, it's like using a hiking pole: set the bike in place, thread the line around the seat and tension the line; you can then free your hand hold and walk away from the bike, it will keep standing up. Just keep tension while staking down the line.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Bike + Tarp (w/ no poles) on 12/29/2011 19:10:56 MST Print View

looking at these pics I remembered that I caused some merriment when I posted pics of the TT Contrail , like this one.

Contrail and bike
Somehow the idea does not seem all that silly now.
Franco

Wade Patterson
(Wahday) - F

Locale: New Mexico
Tarp tents and bikes on 12/04/2012 16:52:26 MST Print View

Here are a few of my setup from last summer in the Zuni Mountains and another of the Chain of Craters Back Country Byway, both in western New Mexico. Same size tarp, two different configurations. In the first one, I used the bike as a second anchor point opposite a tree. I also rotated the wheel up and then secured the brake with a velcro strap to hold it there. Otherwise, you can get a lot of movement (especially in wind) and the line is not as taught. I also had to put rocks on the seat to keep the bike from lifting up.

In the second one, I ended up removing the front wheel and using the bike bars (with the bike upright, sitting on the fork) at the entrance to the bivvy-like setup to open it up a little (only after I took this shot)I love camping with a tarp. Been wanting to experiment with a few more configurations, though. This thread has some great ideas!tarp tent with bike 1Tarp tent with bike 2tarp tent bivvy setup

Edited by Wahday on 12/04/2012 16:57:53 MST.

Tim Anderson
(tim@bikeswitzerland.com) - F
Wheel as hoop in a pinch on 02/10/2013 01:51:56 MST Print View

I've had to use a pair of wheels as the rear hoop on a Tarptent Rainshadow 3-person tent when I left the pole behind. It worked out nicely, but not sure how it would stand up to winds.
After toying with the idea of saving the weight of a pole and using the bike as a pole, I decided that to save 2-3 oz it wasn't worth the inconvenience. http://rutalocura.com/Tent_Poles.html
And if you make your own gear, you can use the poles as stiffeners/stabilizers, so there is a net weight gain!
takeC@re,
Tim

Edited by tim@bikeswitzerland.com on 02/10/2013 01:57:16 MST.

Pete Staehling
(staehpj1) - F
Bike as pole on 02/11/2013 06:39:21 MST Print View

I have occasionally used my bike as part of a tarp pitch. There are lots of ways to do this and they do work, but I seldom do that anymore because:
1. It is nice to be able to ride the bike when camp is pitched.
2. A pole weighs only 2 ounces or so.
3. If I leave the pole home to shed 2 ounces, I can usually improvise something using a fence, tree, picnic table, guard rail, utility pole, stick, cliff, boulder, or some other available means of support.
4. Depending on the location and the season I might only pitch the tarp relatively infrequently preferring to cowboy camp when possible. If an unexpected rain blows in when cowboy camping I just pull the tarp over the bag without bothering to pitch anything.