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    Anyone here bike with a hammock?

    There are a handful of webpages about folks who take bicycle trips with hammocks, stealth camping each night of the trip. Does anyone here do that? What considerations are different for biking rather than hiking? I guess weight isn't as big of a deal, but maybe a bigger tarp would be nice to keep the bike under it, or muted/natural colors would be more important since you're generally closer to roads than hikers? Just wondering...

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    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/
    - http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/revie...age=1&nested=0

    http://www.countrybicycle.com/

    http://www.bicycletouring101.com/ShelterHammocks.htm

    http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/182718.html
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    Not yet. BUT, I have "Bikepacked" and want to continue, so since I have fully switched to a hammock I'll definently use my hammock. I even have a bike specificly built to haul gear for camping.

    My former bikepacking tent was about 3" tall, dark blue. Very easy to hide under trees. My hammock and tarp are camo, so I think hiding them would be at least as easy. I was never (to my knowledge) discovered while stelth camping w my bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctari View Post
    Not yet. BUT, I have "Bikepacked" and want to continue, so since I have fully switched to a hammock I'll definently use my hammock. I even have a bike specificly built to haul gear for camping.

    My former bikepacking tent was about 3" tall, dark blue. Very easy to hide under trees. My hammock and tarp are camo, so I think hiding them would be at least as easy. I was never (to my knowledge) discovered while stelth camping w my bike.

    got a pic of that bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ewker View Post
    got a pic of that bike.
    Yes I do. Where it is I havn't a clue Ill look for it & scan it in. If I can't find it, Ill get the bike out, load it up & take a pic. Well, after the snow & ice clear that is.

    It's a custom built job, special made for long distance bikepacking. The bike actually handles better with a full load than when empty. naturally, nothing makes the weight easier to lug up the hills

    One nice thing about Bikepacking, I can carry a little less weight cause usually food is avalable every day.

    Doctari.

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    Hi Jeff, have you checked into the Virginia Creeper Trail? You wouldn't have to stealth camp there (unless you just wanted to). It may be more sedate than what you were wanting.

    I haven't "bikepacked" yet myself, but am looking into it as you are. I see myself buying a mountain bike (or touring bike) in the near future.

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    I have been thinking about something similar. I need something to do next summer.

    What I was thinking was a larger tarp to go over you and the bike (I like the bigger tarp anyways). It would need to be fairily light weight. Too me I would think bulk would be the bigger issue. Most people's backpacking setups are already light, but like mine a little bulky.

    I was thinking a DIY hammock, cat tarp, top quilt, bug netting, and thermarest inflatable pad for bottom insulation. There are going to be times where trees are not available. I was thinking to either use a pad the whole way, or if there is room add a small underquilt.

    I was thinking about making a sil cover for the bike, That way I could protect it from the rain without being under the tarp.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
    The hanger formly known as "hammock engineer".

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammock engineer View Post
    I was thinking a DIY hammock, cat tarp, top quilt, bug netting, and thermarest inflatable pad for bottom insulation. There are going to be times where trees are not available. I was thinking to either use a pad the whole way, or if there is room add a small underquilt.

    I was thinking about making a sil cover for the bike, That way I could protect it from the rain without being under the tarp.
    And why stop there? How about a DIY bike?

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