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India and Neighbors
May 2010 to present

Alaska / Canada / USA
May 2008 to April 2010

New Zealand
Sept 2007 to May 2008

Sept 2006 to Sept 2007

SE Asia / China
Nov 2004 to Sept 2006

South America
June 2003 to June 2004

AZ, Mexico, and Central America
March 2002 to April 2003

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The 5 years before I left

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Equipment Pages Index

How Much to Bring and Weight
Some Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
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START HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames 
The Steel Repair Myth.
Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair.
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs

Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours..
Bicycle Touring Saddles.
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
Bike Computer
Touring Handlebars, Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, and Padded Grips.
Sealed Cartridge Headsets

How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps

Buying Camping Equipment
Tent and Ground Cloth
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Camp Stove
Pots and Pans
Water Filter
First Aide Kits
Solar Power for Camp

Bike Touring Shorts

Short-wave Radio
Bicycle touring lights

Packing list
Pictures of Equipment Failures

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Lightweight Bicycle Touring Tents, Trekking, Backpacking, and Camping, Footprints, and Ultra Light Shelters.

See more pages Sleeping Bags - Tents - Stealth Camping  -  The Frugal Bike Tour

I have owned several tents over the years.  My tents are always very high quality and designed for hard use.  I do more than camp in a tent; I live in it and call it home.  My tent takes a real beating and will usually last about two years of continuous use before needing to be replaced.  The sun fades and deteriorates the fly and eventually springs leaks that cannot be fixed.  The continuous use of the zippers causes them to eventually break.  When I am shopping for a tent there a few things that I look for.

Things that I look for when buying a tent

- Two doors or at least a large, easily accessed door.  This feature is nice so your partner is not crawling over you in the middle of the night when nature calls.

- Three man tent for two people and two man for solo travel.  When I travel with a partner, I find a three person tent makes a lot of sense.  It still feels tight with all the gear inside.  I sleep with most of my gear inside the tent in order to prevent things from being stolen at night.  When I travel solo, I prefer a two person tent for the extra room.  A solo tent just screams eternal bachelor and is less versatile.

- Quick pitch. I set up and take down the tent hundreds of times a year.  A tent that is easy and fast is essential.  Even a few seconds will really add up over time.

- Free standing.  There's not always dirt to stake a tent to.  Sometimes I even set up on someone's driveway, the deck of a ferry boat, or a concrete slab in a campground.  A tent that can not be set up in these types of places is not versatile enough.  Versatility is very important in all of your gear on long trips.

- Green, brown, or at least some dark color.  This helps me hide from road traffic, curious kids, police, or bandits.  When I am free camping I am basically hiding from the world.  I want a color that does not stick out.  This can be very hard to find in a high quality tent.  It seems like the best tents are meant for serious mountaineering (mountain climbers).  Mountaineers like bright colors, especially yellow, so they can be found in case of an emergency.

- Optional rain fly.  In hot climates I like a tent that can be set up without the rain fly.  This serves to keep out mosquitoes and other bugs while still letting a breeze through.  For this reason I don't like single wall tents.

- Tent repair kit.  Everything falls apart eventually and having all the necessary materials to perform field repairs is important.  Tents always seem to have problems when you are the furthest from civilization.

Accessories that I like

- Gear loft.  This is a cloth shelf that hangs from the ceiling of the tent.  I put anything that I want to easily find or need in the middle of the night in the gear loft.  You can also hang a flashlight from it.

- Battery fan.  This is a little fan that runs on the same rechargeable batteries as a flashlight and shortwave radio.  In hot climates I hang it from the ceiling of the tent and the breeze that it creates keeps me cool and helps me sleep at night.

- Hanging flashlight (torch) lantern  This is a simple idea that can be very useful.  I make sure that one of my flashlights can be hung from the ceiling (gear loft) of my tent.  When this feature is combined with rechargeable batteries it makes a good source of light in the tent that I can leave on for hours.  This make the unsafe use of a candle or oil lantern unnecessary .

- pockets  Most tents nowadays have pockets inside that help organize gear.

3 Person Tents

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  3 Person Tents

2 Person Tents
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  2 Person Tents

1 Person solo tents

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1 Person solo tents

  Hennessy Hammocks

 tents that can be strung between two trees. Free camping bike tourist often swear by them.  I still prefer my tent but understand the appeal.
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hammock tents

Tent Footprints

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Tent Footprint

Tent Repair

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Tent Repair

Tent Stakes

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Tent Stakes

Tent Sealant

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Tent Sealant

See more pages  Stealth Camping  -  The Frugal Bike Tour

Camp Stove
Sleeping Bags
Sleeping pad
Water Filter
Camp Cooking
First Aide
Touring/Utility Bikes
Solar Charging
Tools and Repair
Topeak Deluxe Kit





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Preventing Flat Tires

Bike Computer
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Kick Stands
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Camp Shower/Toiletry Bag


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Stealth/Free Camp

What I Have Learned On The Road

Dreaming of Endless Travel

Injustice of Poverty

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