With one more big(ish) summer bike tour in my sights, it’s prep time for the Oregon coast ride next month. Also, it’s an extended bit of gear talk… what do I look for in the perfect bike touring tent? It’s all in this ep of the pod… now with more unreasonable contractions of words that don’t need them!
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Pedalshift Guide to Biking the C&O Canal
The perfect bike touring tent
- Separate (not integrated) rain fly
- As much mesh as possible in the tent
- Aluminum (not fiberglass) poles (titanium if you’re into pricey)
- A well-designed “bowl” for the floor
- A bike touring tent without a footprint is… less than ideal. If it doesn’t come with one, buy or make one.
I like my ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 3-Person Tent (affiliate link to Amazon, fyi). It checks all the boxes and it’s a great price. And orange, as all great things are.
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Harry Telegadas shares his tour
In early May I rode a three-day, two night from Connellsville to Pittsburgh (and return). Its a very easy ride with many fews and a nice afternoon in Pittsburg. i thought your listeners might find it appealing, especially new riders.
Day 1: Car ride from DC to Connellsville (good secure parking); ride from Connellsville to Dravo campground and camp.
Day 2: Leave camp-site set up at Dravo and use a day-pack to ride into downtown Pittsburgh. Stayed on the south side and had lunch and a nap. Return to Dravo.
Day 3: Pack up,re return to Connellsville and drive home.
Aloha Scott Gilbert – a Bike Friday setup
Uses a modified hardshell Samsonite as a trailer and a way to check his Bike Friday folder!
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