Thought some of you bicycle tourists may find this useful for those situations when two trees or poles are not adequately spaced for hanging a hammock. I use my bicycle as a portable one-tree hammock stand. Perhaps others have demonstrated something similar in previous posts, if so I failed to find those in my search. “Dan The Man” illustrated something similar to form a bivy with a hammock and posted images at bikeforums.net:
Items needed include:
1. 15 to 20 feet of suitable strap or cord
2. Sufficiently strong stakes
3. Tree strap
Supplemental items include
4. Cord to build picket holdfast with stakes
5. Descending rings
Since I have whoopie slings I find it easier to use a separate strap to create the bicycle stand. The whoopie slings seem to be more difficult to use when taut. I use a strap that is about 20 feet long. One end is sewed with a loop and with that I form a Lark’s head knot (Cow hitch) which I form over one end of my gathered end hammock. I then wrap strap around bicycle seat post (or seat rails for more elevation) then use it form a guy line to a tree strap which I have linked to two stakes. The stakes I form in a modified picket holdfast. I use 12” aluminum stakes (weight about 3oz each) which can be found at campmor.com.
Attached images show the bicycle forms a portable one-end hammock stand.
P.S. I use cord to lock both front and rear brakes so bike is prevented from rolling.