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Old 04-27-08, 05:03 PM
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Mountain Bike Camping Suggestions?

Later this summer I'm planning on biking into the back country of the upper Keweenaw Peninsula in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I would like to spend the weekend camping and exploring the shore out in the wilderness. Scouring the internet I haven't found many resources on tips on essentially backpacking on a mountain bike. So I'm looking for some suggestions. I will probably be riding a Marin East Peak by that time. So far I'm thinking of getting a hammock setup for sleeping and shelter, and mounting a post mount rear rack on the bike so I can mount a pannier bag I have laying around the house.

Does anybody have an equipment or packing suggestions for self-sufficiently camping on a mountain bike?
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Figure on packing about 40lbs+ gear for the trip, which would be risky to do on a post mount rack. Your prospects for a traditional rack aren't much greater due to the lack of V-brake studs and rear suspension.

You could go the trailer route, if you keep your eye out you might be able to get a Bob trailer for $250-300.
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Old 04-28-08, 08:07 AM
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Consider some kind of post on the touring forum. Those folks mostly tour on roads, but many also do bike camping on mountain bikes.

I read a report on a guy who did the Utah Cliffs Loop on a mountain bike with a seatpost-mounted rack. He had problems with it coming loose. His was a quick-release model. Based on his report, I bought a seatpost rack for my mountain bike that uses bolts instead of a quick release.

I haven't done any bike camping offroad yet, but when I do I plan on using my Bob trailer the first time, based on others' suggestions. I got mine for $180 on Ebay. I've seen equally good deals from time to time, but you have to keep your eyes open.

On my road bike I prefer panniers. If you want to go the pannier route on your mountain bike, the racks from Old Man Mountain don't rely on brazeons, and are supposed to work fine with suspension forks. (I don't know how they work with rear suspension.)
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Old 04-28-08, 08:27 AM
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I don't have any suggestions; I just wanted to say "have fun" I used to go up there all the time to Copper Harbor. That's one of the most beautiful places in the world.
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+1 on the B.O.B. I've seen those things a long way from civilization, and they don't mess with your center of gravity too much. Just be careful going over logs!
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Old 04-29-08, 06:56 PM
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Check out www.crazyguyonabike.com for lots of tips about bike camping.

Also www.rivbike.com. Not exactly MTBing but some neat info.

Have a GREAT trip!
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