What You Need for Self Supported Touring by Bicycle
Equipment - Shelter
Consider these things as you select a tent:
- a 3-man tent is barely large enough to hold 3 sleeping bags.
- a vestibule may be useful for storing dirty items, but not for protecting anything from animals.
- any tent that promotes using the vestibule for cooking in the rain should be disqualified; they're not looking for repeat business.
- odd looking floor plans can actually be useful.
- inside pockets are to make things easier to find, not to keep them from getting wet.
+ weighs less
- touch-and-leak feature
- may lack a floor
+ can be carried by two people
+ if freestanding, is good for rocky areas and concrete surfaces
+ can provide good ventilation
+ allows mesh windows and doors, plus rain protection
- is a bit heavier
- is a bit more expensive
- storing equipment
- changing clothes
- sitting and reading in bad weather
- short pole sections are easier to pack
- insect protection from no-see-um screen mesh
- bathtub bottom for low areas
- a separate ground tarp or sheet to protect bottom
- double-ended door zippers
- doors on both ends for better ventilation and exit options
- shockcorded poles (easier to put together and harder to loose parts of). Now if they can only figure out how to use
shockcord on all the tent stakes.
- a dome tent, with nearly vertical walls, has more useable space than a tent with more slanted walls.