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    Newb tarp ideas for a cycle touring.

    So I'm brand new to Hammock camping and have switched my one man tent/thermarest to a (soon to arrive) BIAS Camper hammock. Very excited and really enjoy this forum of knowledgable people!

    I already have plans for a bugnet so now I'm looking for ideas for a tarp. I will be doing some stealth camping by bike so lightweight would be nice but not that big of a deal, honestly. Just would like to be able to pack it small or into a roll to stick on top of a rack.

    Any of you have setups that do a decent job of covering gear/bike? What would you do about water flowing in the ground under you with all of your gear there?

    Are doors recommended?

    I would really like to keep it under $150 but there's wiggle room.

    I see warbonnet is a favorite here but there are so many to chose from!

    Thanks guys!

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    There are a lot of options! I've used blue tarps from wally world, sportsmans guide 12' tarps, and I've tried a DIY tarp (it was too heavy using 1.9 coated nylon so it became a spray cover for my Bell canoe)

    The most bang for my buck so far has been the HH Hex tarp in 70D nylon. I found one on Amazon for $70. It covers well and is under $100.


    http://www.amazon.com/Hennessy-Delux...y+hammock+tarp

    It is in no way equivilant to the cottage venders here and it don't have doors but the coverage good enough and at 1 1/2 lbs not too heavy

    I haven't needed doors yet, I am going to try my frog toggs poncho as a door this spring to see how well it helps. Usually I can get by with site selection by pitching the hammock so one of the sides of my tarp will go to the ground and block the wind.

    I think you could get all of your gear and a bike under it if you pitch it in "porch mode". I usually hang my extra gear in a smaller hammock chair/gear hammock under my sleeping hammock. Does your bike have its own stand? (mine don't) if so, you could possibly hang gear on it under the tarp. My tarp don't usually cover all the way to the tree if you were planing on resting the bike against the tree.

    Hope this helps

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    I used a HH hammock and tarp each in their own snakeskins rolled up on the front rack under my bar bag, fit without getting in the way of the panniers.
    As for the rain.. I have waterproof covers for my panniers that I made so I just kept everything out in the open.

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    How much gear are you bringing on these trips, and how important is it that your bike stay dry? Those're the questions that'll help determine how you pack and which tarp you need.

    For me, I started out with the huge Hennessy Hex tarp--the one recommended by lattie11581 above. It works, and you can fit a smallish bike (road or touring, as long as your panniers aren't too wide) under it along with an hammock with a little finagling.

    I've also successfully used a poncho as a secondary tarp to cover the bike, but most folks won't enjoy riding longer distances with a poncho on (drag sucks).

    Nowadays, I don't worry about the bike getting wet too much; all of my stuff is either hung (bear bag), in the hammock with me, or waterproof. I've winnowed my gear down to the point where I can do that.

    Hope it helps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lattie11581 View Post
    ...The most bang for my buck so far has been the HH Hex tarp in 70D nylon. I found one on Amazon for $70. It covers well and is under $100.
    This. I've done several bike camping trips with friends where I was the only hanger and I've parked up to three bikes under my tarp.

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    Newb tarp ideas for a cycle touring.

    Leather saddle is all I worry about but I plan to wrap it at night. Comfort is totally worth the maintenance. I can always relube the Drivetrain if it does get wet. I guess sticking it under the hammock -under the tarp is logical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kikoraa View Post
    Leather saddle is all I worry about but I plan to wrap it at night. Comfort is totally worth the maintenance. I can always relube the Drivetrain if it does get wet. I guess sticking it under the hammock -under the tarp is logical.
    a shower cap from a motel/hotel works well for a seat

    they pack small have the built in elastic to hold them in place

    just sayin

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    YES to shower caps

    Quote Originally Posted by swoody126 View Post
    a shower cap from a motel/hotel works well for a seat

    they pack small have the built in elastic to hold them in place

    just sayin

    sw
    No need to nick the Hyatt in revenge for their rates or to spray down with permethrin Maude's Motorama before staying the night, just to get showercaps. They're at the $ stores, 10 or 12 for that $. (And you'll get several uses out of them for covering dishes in the 'frig, too, before they're worn out. Cheaper than foil; easier than pulling and tearing from a roll of plastic.)

    On tarps: Stitch 20"- long hoods on the "canoe ends" of your hammock through the gunwales. That will greatly reduce your need for tarp length to keep rain from side-blowing in. So will tying the foot end of the tarp down low. Because biking, you really don't want bulk and weight. The answer to lost privacy --no doors etc -- is stealth.
    Last edited by DemostiX; 05-02-2013 at 22:05.

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    Digital Janitor...nice photos of your outings! But, what do you hang from? Sagebrush?

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    Didn't hang on that trip, although we had all the hammock gear loaded as a test run. We'll hopefully be hanging this weekend up in the trees now that the weather is starting to cooperate.

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