Tents

Published on February 27th, 2014 | by Daniel Feinstein

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Topeak Bikamper One-Person Bicycling Tent

Innovative, lightweight, three season personal shelter that utilizes the front wheel of a 700c mountain road bike or 26” mountain bike in place of tent poles; perfect for serious bike touring.

The size and weight of camping gear is of critical importance when it comes to bicycle touring. The Topeak Bikamper is a great one person tent that packs down into a tight 10.2 inch x 5.5 inch package that can be strapped to the handlebars or the top of the rear pannier. At 3.59 pounds, the tent is relatively heavy for a one person tent. That having been said, the floor is 78.7 inches in length and 35.4 inches at its widest point with a fairly low profile which is fairly spacious for a one person tent.

The main body of the tent is made of 45D ripstop nylon coated with a water-resistant urethane and the floor is made of a super strong and water proof 70D ripstop/taffeta nylon. The tent also comes with a fully waterproofed 70D ripstop nylon fly for complete protection from the rain.

The tent has three mesh panels for excellent ventilation and stargazing on clear nights. The door of the tent is on the right side and the tent is extremely easy to pitch and pack.

One complaint that I have seen pop up in a lot of places is that you can’t leave your tent pitched and take a ride around. Honestly, being very experienced in bike touring, I can say that this is a very small price to pay when considering the convenience and compact packing size of the Bikamper.

  • Innovative
  • Tight packing size
  • Durable
  • Straps on to handlebars
  • Can’t ride and leave tent pitched at camp
  • Slightly heavy

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About the Author

Dan began running at the age of 10 and ran competitively through high school participating in both Cross Country and Track. He later found himself in the military where accumulated a great deal of knowledge and experience in hiking, camping and survival. Dan continues to run and has become an avid cycler, taking extended tours on a regular basis. He is currently training for the 2015 NYC Ironman.



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