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Old 12-17-11, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Blues Frog
Thanks for the video DG. I have drooled over the equipment on tha Kifaru website.
I love their stuff.

Originally Posted by djb
neat videos to see it all in action. Certainly a great setup for all kinds of inclement weather and a great living space. Not for everyone, but neat to see how it works and functions.

the more spartan of the spectrum is the paratarp which I seem to use the most, without a stove, not even carrying poles, but maybe 1 to 4 msr groundhog tent stakes. typically i use 1 stake to punch holes into the ground then insert twigs. for poles, I simply break a piece of deadfall to size.

I'm thinking the ParaTarp comes in at about 11oz

while the 4 man tipi, complete with stove, comes in around 10lbs. thats about 10'x14' oval, big enough to host people, lay all your equipment inside, including Surly Big Dummy, dry clothing over head on the clothes line, cook, etc...

it really depends on what one is looking for.
Heck... I also have an 8 man tipi which I lived out of for about 1.5yrs. pulled all my stuff in a BOB trailer. Awesome shelter! No doubt, that kind of shelter is truly living room.

while, the Paratarp is simply something to hunker down in, crash out for a few hours, get up and roll.

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Better late than never, here is my contribution to the thread. In Northern Alberta in May, it did get below freezing that night.

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Old 06-28-12, 01:04 AM
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Wild Country Duolite tour(in front) and Bacchette Bellandare on my first overnight in Switzerland, it wasn't cowbells that kept me up though, but trains.
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Found a pretty one. Arapahoe National Forest, Colorado.
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Here is my little cheap tent that I've owned since the 80's that has been with me across the US and Alaska on a motorcycle trip and Europe hitchhiking. This was from a bicycle trip along Lake Michigan recently. Sorry, no bicycle in photo.


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Originally Posted by JeanSeb
Better late than never, here is my contribution to the thread. In Northern Alberta in May, it did get below freezing that night.

MEC Tarn 2, 2001 Giant Boulder.
Did you need the spare tyres? Off-road riding? Looks like a nice area too.

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My little tent, a Big Agnes SL1. Pretty big for a 1 man tent (would work with 2 people if the other is your spouse), I can get all my gear minus my bike and I have enough room to sleep fine. I have no issues with it, holds up fine in major rain storms. Raining as we speak....

Supper was pasta BTW. It was tasty.

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Originally Posted by Aushiker
Did you need the spare tyres? Off-road riding? Looks like a nice area too.

Andrew
Yes, they were for offroad riding. It was absolutely gorgeous and traffic stopped at night so it was complete silence, except for a little birdie who would fly right above my tent, back and forth.
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My first cycle tour complete!

An intense experience and one I'm looking forward to repeating.

Giant Escape 2 and Eureka! Solitaire tent.
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Originally Posted by SparkyGA


My little tent, a Big Agnes SL1. Pretty big for a 1 man tent (would work with 2 people if the other is your spouse), I can get all my gear minus my bike and I have enough room to sleep fine. I have no issues with it, holds up fine in major rain storms. Raining as we speak....

Supper was pasta BTW. It was tasty.
Nice. Something about Aussie bush. Also good to see a lightweight tent in action

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Bike in tent


Can you see the bike in the tent?
(On my Alabama - Georgia weekend tour.)
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Originally Posted by cbike
Can you see the bike in the tent?
Not much of it!

Cbike, Ive been eyeballing that Moment for a while and the 20 inch packed length is what keeps me from actually writing a check. I just dont see how I could feasibly tie it to my bike. In your blog pics, it looks like you keep it crossways on the rear rack? Might have to do it that way. Or...
wait and see if the design changes to allow shorter packing. Just a few days ago I noticed that Shires now offers two new designs with what looks like the same little triangle at each end, but must be able to remove the end stays somehow because they both pack to 16 inch OAL. But those models use upright poles and I like the hoop design of the Moment better
Do you see any way to modify yours in order to remove and reinstall the end struts?
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Tent: Eureka Backcountry 1 man
Bike: Surly Long Haul Trucker
Location: Carolina Beach State Park, N.C.
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Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
Not much of it!
Cbike, Ive been eyeballing that Moment for a while and the 20 inch packed length is what keeps me from actually writing a check. I just dont see how I could feasibly tie it to my bike. In your blog pics, it looks like you keep it crossways on the rear rack? Might have to do it that way. Or...
wait and see if the design changes to allow shorter packing. Just a few days ago I noticed that Shires now offers two new designs with what looks like the same little triangle at each end, but must be able to remove the end stays somehow because they both pack to 16 inch OAL. But those models use upright poles and I like the hoop design of the Moment better
Do you see any way to modify yours in order to remove and reinstall the end struts?
Yep, I just used the build in bungee of the Brompton rack put the tent and the rolled up sleeping mat into the white garbage bag and strapped it on. The sleeping bag took up about half of the black back in front of the bike. I'm not sure what your situation is but if you have a rack it's easy to strap something crosswise like I did. You could also try it length way on the rack.

It's the tent (cross) pole that's 20 inches long and you could take it out of the bag if you wanted to. Both ends do have stiff 18" struts sewn into the tent fabric. So, that will be the limiting dimension. The other tents probably have shorter end struts (or none). Be aware though that some of his design require trekking pole or an extra tent pole. So you still have to worry about these.
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This is in Poland in April this year. I us Hilleberg tent and Merida bike for my tourings,
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Originally Posted by johamatt


This is in Poland in April this year. I us Hilleberg tent and Merida bike for my tourings,

That's a great picture, love how the straight trees look behind and around the tent. Looks pretty peaceful too.
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Originally Posted by djyak
That's a great picture, love how the straight trees look behind and around the tent. Looks pretty peaceful too.
It was. I had about 400 meters to the road. On this trip from Stockholm to Athens i camped 30 nights of 38 traveldays. I went trough Sweden, Poland, Czech republic, Slovakia, Hungary. Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania and Grecce. No where no problem putting up my tent. It was a great ride.
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Humbolt County Fairgrounds. Big Agnes SL3, great for two people. Not made anymore, too bad, great tent. Room for 2 plus gear.

CoMo Speedster w/carbon fork, 2 panniers, about 43 lbs. total load incl. pump, tools, bags, rack, etc. Original Sigg Tourist cook kit pieces on bench and table. It's good to tour with a friend.
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With three people we needed a larger tent, all out gear is in the tent with us.
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Kifaru 4 man tipi with wood burning stove:

I've used this tipi a lot. Mostly when I'm looking for more "living room".

i.e. unpredictable weather, its great in the rain. has a clothes line up above where you can dry your clothes. its big enough to handle 3 people during the winter in Humboldt.

another example is when I like to simply live outside for awhile, tour of course... sort of.
I like to ride down the west coast, so I'll ride a few miles, 40-60, set up and hang out in camp/town for a few days at a time.



everything fits inside, its about 10' x 14' oval. Surly Big Dummy, firewood, etc... all fits inside.
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Originally Posted by DwarvenChef


With three people we needed a larger tent, all out gear is in the tent with us.
is this Veteran's Park in Monterey?
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Originally Posted by cbike
Yep, I just used the build in bungee of the Brompton rack put the tent and the rolled up sleeping mat into the white garbage bag and strapped it on. The sleeping bag took up about half of the black back in front of the bike. I'm not sure what your situation is but if you have a rack it's easy to strap something crosswise like I did. You could also try it length way on the rack.

It's the tent (cross) pole that's 20 inches long and you could take it out of the bag if you wanted to. Both ends do have stiff 18" struts sewn into the tent fabric. So, that will be the limiting dimension. The other tents probably have shorter end struts (or none). Be aware though that some of his design require trekking pole or an extra tent pole. So you still have to worry about these.
Thanks, CB. I could tie gear crossways on my rear rack, but really prefer not to. Didn`t realize that two inches worth of that 20 inch OAL was for the long pole! I`m transitioning my "go-to" touring bike from my ol standby to a Bike Friday and thought I just might be able to fit an 18in roll against the back of the seat mast, but it looks like it still won`t fit. While I could live with it, I`d probably be happier with one of the new models with 16 in length. Think I`ll send a question to H. Shires and see if he has any plans for the new model ends (with removeable struts) on basically the current Moment tent. At the rate he releases new models, it wouldn`t surprise me if that happened. Thanks again for the info!
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This photo is from a recent camping trip at Rocky Gap State Park, but the same bike & tent & I just completed a through tour of the Great Allegheny Passage in 4 days.
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