I've been taking overnight camping trips for the last few years. Sometimes these are called S24O trips, although the term seems to me to be more convenient for Google searches.
Seems to be a little different than most touring. For me, it involves riding out on a Saturday, camping out in a state or county park and then coming back on Sunday.
Just wondering if others do this and what's different than multi-day touring? For example, I've settled on 4 small panniers with tent in the front and clothes/food in the back. Weight is 25-30 pounds including pannier weight.
Bike? I use a sport touring bike, a 2006 Bianchi Volpe, that has a truly ancient Zefal rear rack and a low-rider rack up front.
Tent? Use a Eureka Spitfire 2-man tent that I bought off eBay. Under 5 pounds. Great tent < $100.
Stove? I have an alcohol stove -- Trangia -- but often just travel without. Buy some sandwiches or something in an adjacent town.
Mileage? Due to my advanced age (58), I prefer to do 80 miles roundtrips. 40 miles seems like a nice outing. Around here, you get far enough out of town. Yet, my legs don't feel like rubber next day.
What have I learned? It's amazing how I've picked up new spots to camp in. My first experiences were in State parks that were crowded and noisy. But by looking around for more obscure campsites and also changing my pattern to do a Sunday/Monday trip, I've had pretty good success.
Got to say... if you are stuck at a desk job during the week, an overnight bike camping trip is hard to beat.
OK, so tell me... have you done any of these?