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Old 01-29-11, 07:58 AM   #1
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big agnes emerald sl2

does anyone who has used the big agnes emerald sl2 at

http://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Det...aldMountainSL2

know if a full size bicyle can fit into the optional extended vestibule?

Reason being, out of sight, less chance of it being stolen.

paranoid I know but I love my bicycle.

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Old 01-29-11, 08:08 AM   #2
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I don't know myself, but that looks like the mother of all vestibules!
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Terry Smith rode from east to west on the TransAm, RAGBRAI, then back to the TransAM (after Indianapolis). He had the same thoughts about his bike. His tent is a MSR Velo.

I saw it at RAGBRAI, it definitly fit the bill he was looking for. But at a cost of nine pounds for a tent. He maintained the extra weight was worth it.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/p...id=102145&v=j9
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Another way to keep your bike out of sight is to bring a tarp, and throw that over the bike at night. You can also tie a rope to your bike and the other end to a tree or something, then pitch your tent over the rope. If someone tries to move your bike at night, feeling the rope tighten up under you will probably wake you up.
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I use the SL3 version for canoe camping, so being the next size up its a little bigger. I can say that none of my bicycles would fit - well maybe my mountain bike might but it wouldn't be easy and it would have to be laying down on a side. Technically with a good multi tool and some work yeah, any bike could be made to fit. The Emerald Mountain is a great tent, I've lived out of mine for extended periods and it has weathered some nasty weather. If it has one drawback its the height. There is only enough for sitting up; maybe that low profile is what keeps it so wind proof. Great floor space and the vestibule is huge but I think it would be tough to get a bike in there without a lot of work.

I have this Kelty Noah's Tarp thing thats really lightweight, goes up easy and covers my bike (and other stuff) when I need it to. It can be staked to the ground just about totally covering the bike. Maybe something like that might suffice? Good luck finding the right solution.
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Another way to keep your bike out of sight is to bring a tarp, and throw that over the bike at night. You can also tie a rope to your bike and the other end to a tree or something, then pitch your tent over the rope. If someone tries to move your bike at night, feeling the rope tighten up under you will probably wake you up.
+1 for the Tarp
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I have the tent,

You could fit a bike in the vestibule, lying down on its side...

Tarp is more convenient, but the vestibule is great.
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brilliant thanks for the info that in the sl2 vestibule the bike can be lied on its side, this is fine, a tarp is more convenient but more obvious, if you don't want anyone to see your bike the vestibule is better.
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I should mention that I have a 26 inch wheeled bike. maybe 700c would be tighter...

the nice thing is that with two doors, and two vestibules, you can load the addtl. vestibule and then enter and exit on the other side of the tent.
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this will also fit a bike not problem and is very light and compact.

http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com...ers/mega-light
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Another way to keep your bike out of sight is to bring a tarp, and throw that over the bike at night.
I used the Emerald Mountain SL2 for the Northern Tier last summer and loved it. I thought about getting the extended vestibule, but ultimately decided that just carrying an extra tarp (actually a fly from an older tent) was a better solution due to weight, versatility and the ability to keep the bike upright and on its wheels.


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