I love to camp up here in AK, but I've gone car free for the past year and really miss being able to get out of the city. This weekend I'm planning my first bike camping trip. I'm just making a short run south of town to a part of the Chugach where you can ride your bike into the woods several miles. I know the area very well. Trip length is only about 25 miles each way, and I plan on taking it pretty slow. I do NOT have a good touring bicycle yet. I don't have the $$ to get a touring bike at this point, unfortunately.
My tentative plan is to use tarps and the bike itself, along with trees, in lieu of a standard tent. I've used tents in the past but found them heavy, cramped and annoying. Has anyone tried using their bicycles as one "wall" of a tarp tent? Am I smoking crack with this idea?
My general equipment is as follows:
--Cruiser bicycle with basket and two rear racks, can carry as much as needed.
--Various foodstuffs, not conserving really conserving weight--lots of fruit, pilot bread and such
--Three wool blankets, ground tarp and top tarp.
--Tea making equipment
--Simple tin can sterno heater. Will not get hot enough to sterilize water, but works well at heating.
--Water supply plus basic pump filter
--First aid kit
--Possibles bag with lots of basic string, tape, knife, wraps, fire starting stuff, etc.
--Bike repair kit with two spare inner-tubes, hex wrench, spare seatpost and some basic tools.
Anything else come in handy while bike camping?