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    I know we have a good number of motorbike riders, but are there many bicycle riders here? I ride a bike for fitness, and will on odd occasions pack a lunch, or gear for a brew of tea; but do many people use a bike for touring/camping? Is it a campground to campground affair, or do you stealth camp along the road? What do you use for a bike and gear? How about backwoods work on a mountain bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by werewolf won View Post
    I know we have a good number of motorbike riders, but are there many bicycle riders here? I ride a bike for fitness, and will on odd occasions pack a lunch, or gear for a brew of tea; but do many people use a bike for touring/camping? Is it a campground to campground affair, or do you stealth camp along the road? What do you use for a bike and gear? How about backwoods work on a mountain bike?
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    I ride my bike all the time for transportation mostly, however I load it up for camping..etc. all the time, not often a campground affair, I just mostly find a spot and setup.


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    Big time. I have a "few" bikes and enjoy riding them all.

    I have bike camped my way across the state on my own and within a supported large group. It's obviously a lot easier when someone else is carrying the camping gear, but I'm not much for being in the middle of a large group, so there is a tradeoff.

    For hauling gear, I have used a trailer, panniers, and a combination of big baskets and saddle bag. I prefer the baskets/saddle bag method, but only if the front basket is mounted on the frame rather than the handlebars.

    Overnighters are my favorites... it's just much easier to pack minimal gear/supplies/stuff for a shorter trip within a limited timeframe.







    None of these is set up for camping in these pictures, but the idea is to have a solid, comfortable, well fitting bike and a generous sized bag for hauling your gear. At a minimum, I always carry a good set of tools, oil, lights, rescue inhaler, velcro reflectors, cash, first aid kit, plus food/snacks/ whatever. Decent rain gear plus a couple of plastic market bags go a long way here in IA with sudden weather changes this time of year.

    Also, I have converted all my bikes back to platform pedals in a revelation that occured a few years back, after being a click-in guy for twenty years. Much more comfortable and easy, with little performance loss.

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    Do you find some campgrounds are more biker friendly, or will any accept a bike rider same as a car camper?
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    Quote Originally Posted by werewolf won View Post
    Do you find some campgrounds are more biker friendly, or will any accept a bike rider same as a car camper?
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    Sometimes, also at least out here many campgrounds have a hiker/biker spot where its only like $3 a night and you are far away from the car/rv campers with the loud kids running around and generators kicking on...etc.

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    I bike daily and occasionally go on long rides(2-3 hours) my bike is a fixie with no brakes and I love it.

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    I've never had any problems at camp grounds, but I have passed up a few that rubbed me the wrong way.

    Key for me is finding a camp site early enough to allow a margin for contingency. My preference is to find a peripheral site, affording as much privacy as possible.

    Awareness and precaution in public areas are important. When I'm camping I travel with a few small locks in case I have to step away from my gear, some of which I keep with me at all times.

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    I am sooo glad this thread got started. I have been a rider for as long as I can remember. I want to build my own small travel trailer to pull behind this bike. I want to build it out of aluminum and coroplast so it can fold out into a sort of fully enclosed cot.

    There's a lot of things I want to do LOL....

    I have to get some bags too for the rack.

    This is my $15 Garage sale Fuji Regal. I ride it daily.

    My Wife's centurion also a garage sale find but paid $25. She rides on weekends with me.

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    Here is my rickshaw / foldabike combo for off road camping and floating the river and then cycling back to camp with your inflatable boat being towed in rickshaw including inflatable kayak setup . ( so far this is theory )

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    Dude that's nice. I get the walker bu what did the other part come from with the wheels. I've been over engineering this with tig welding tubing. I can't tig either. Nice work here.

    I have a Kent brand folding bicycle with 3 speeds. It has a long pedal crank too. I used to keep it in the big rig for exercise when I had to stop for a 34 hour log book reset. I found a lot of parks that way that other truckers were to lazy to ever look for. LOL.
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