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    Senior Member Rug's Avatar
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    First weekend trip pics + details

    Unlike the majority on this site I do not hike. I bike instead. As hammocking is a niche to camping recumbents are a niche to bikes.

    I ride a Longbikes Slipstream. It is a long wheelbase 2-wheeled bike with underseat steering. It is very comfortable to ride.

    My ride was a 158km round-trip that started at home, took me to a Provincial park for 2 nights and back. I mostly rode empty county roads so that I could avoid most of the traffic. The total weight of bike + all gear was 130lbs. The bike alone weighs ~60lbs. The food and water that I brought was the biggest weight penalty. Considering that this was my first trip I need to lean to better manage the consumable weight.

    All photos can be found here:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/o2kewl/T...eat=directlink

    Please provide any feedback and input. I will be sending the hammock to 2QZQ soon for mod#2.

    Note about the lashing I used: It is a variation on the Hennessy Knot, but much quicker to do. I have found that the lashing held the hammock + gear with only 2 wraps and no knots, so the 5 wraps total gives me a sence of security (and I always finish with a slippery half hitch). The lashing have not slipped after 2 nights and 2 days in the the hammock.

    I also have some homemade gear that I will be posting pictures of in the DIY section. It is a sleeping pad made out of milk bags that kept me very warm down to 55^F.

    I forgot to mention the best part; When I woke my back did not hurt! I have had damaged disks in my lower back for 22 years, and I can honestly say that this was the first time I woke without pain.
    Last edited by Rug; 07-06-2009 at 20:57. Reason: Added info.

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    As you already know, a hammock makes perfect sense for biking. You're really going to enjoy the not hurting when you wake up.
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    get a trailer, that load looks big and top-heavy. nice bike and good report. as for that knot.... check grizz's videos for more solutions, they are extremely helpful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rug View Post

    I also have some homemade gear that I will be posting pictures of in the DIY section. It is a sleeping pad made out of milk bags that kept me very warm down to 55^F.
    Congrats! Looking forward to seeing the pics... we don't have milk bags down here where I live, it'll be interesting to see how you've used them. Hopefully you washed them out well, otherwise, eww... .


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    Senior Member Darrel's Avatar
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    Hey Rug,
    Thanks for sharing your setup. Nice Bikes!
    My wife and I have been riding bents for several years now.
    Here is a shot of our homemade "Long Easy" ( Tour Easy spin off) .



    We tour and camp and use under seat storage to keep the weigh low and centered. We also strive for "Lightweight loads" and keep the weight to a minimum.
    I have a full front fairing and tail box that will soon be on these full time.

    I have some buddies that like the Burly Utility Trailers
    (Nomad) but I have never personally tried one.

    Bents are to cycling as Hammocks are to camping... Comfortable and very cool.

    Cheers,
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    Cool bikes! I've never seen someone pack up a recumbent bike like you did. Thanks for post and picks. I'm sure this is going to give others with bad backs ideas how to camp. Between the bike and the hammock you've got it down. As for the weight, you'll do better with more experience and planning I'm sure. Good job!
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    Milk bag sleeping mat here. bags for beds.com. Looking forward to your demo video.
    Last edited by gargoyle; 07-07-2009 at 10:21.
    Ambulo tua ambulo.

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    Close up of mine:

    I had a friend weld up the frame and I built it up from there.
    Before these we road short wheel base Rans Rockets:

    -Darrel

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    Very nice,,, I have a friend that Mt bikes and hammocks...

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    Sweet rides. What a way to go and hang. Been mean to go on a long trip on my touring unicycle!
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