ultra light bicycle touring survival gear & kit setup ✔
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ultra light bicycle touring survival gear & kit setup ✔

good afternoon im hippyswift im a fully loaded bicycle tourist from the united kingdom i dont generaly lightwaight bicycle tour as i find it a nusance i dont have everything with me although if i did lightwaight tour this is what id take with me this is everything i would take here we have a highlander bum-bag or fanny pack if your from the united states on the top her we have an inflatable sleeping mat and inside this is a millitary basha along with a few tent pegs and couple metres of para cord on the front we have a micro misqueto net just cliped on the front loops with clips very nice and handy in this pocket we have a bivi-bag on this other pocket we have long sleave thearmals and trouser thearmals for cold nights or if you get soaked through in the clothes your wearing even if its lycra its always nice to take shelter and put your thermals on to warm up in the main compartment i have my sleeping bag this one is an ultra lite sleeping bag but you could fit a bigger bag in if you choose be aware that this is on your hips and with a strap i added is on your shoulders you cant feel much waight but if you did add cooking equipment to the front loops then you might feel some waight something else worth recomending are the camelback water systems you can either wear it on your back or clip it to a millitary rucksack or vest what i personaly do i use these toggles here to secure it to my rear rack after six or seven minutes i have successfully setup my sleeping quarters it has nice storage space near your feet even though in this case you would only have the one bag while light waight cycle touring also with plenty of air flow through in this case i have not put the mosqueto net up as i forgot the strings that is another reason why i love fully loaded bicycle touring as i never forget anything so when i need something i know i have it


  • Martin Capes

    great video. As I usually credit card tour on my road bike I don't carry a lot of kit other than a change of clothes. If I chose to camp out (rarely) this would be an ideal setup for me. BTW the quality of the video was fine

  • paul wood

    Another great video. I'm just the same ,preferring to cycle tour fully loaded. to be honest I don't really feel any weight except on those darned hills.. .cooking is all part of the fun. . peace…

  • Chris

    Wouldn't a "ultra leightweight" bike tour do hotels/motels instead of sleeping in the outdoors? Yeah, they most certainly would.

  • Artistknownas Finn

    I might bring some of those things, but not in that form factor. The bum bag gives you bum wet! I wouldn't carry anything on your person unless it's a hydration bag. The sleep mat is a good idea, That one is fairly compact, but instead of a tent I would suggest a waterproof hammock if you have trees near. Ripstop nylon sleeping bag for protection from the elements with mosquito netting for the summer time. It's basically half the size and you can fit it in a dry bag with an extra pair of clothes you can strap to your cargo carrier or strap to your handlebars, and not have to worry about wet ass a back pack or bum bag would give you. You can always cook out of a canned food grab a Thai, ZEBRA brand stacker tins that are only 5 inches high and 3.5 inches wide cheep to eat, drink and cookout of. Winter, I just upgrade to an insulated tube tent I used reflective material, ripstop and a layer of filler for unsulation. with a compact 15 celcius sleeping bag I can sleep comfortably in Canada winter weather and not worry about anyone walking up to my tent because it literally looks like a tree log, even with heat vision. It does take another dry bag to fit on your bike, but it's not much weight and worth investing on the DIY.

  • Stephen Morton

    hey Hippy, i made some sweet panniers by just sewing two daypacks together at the straps like saddle bags. take a look in the thrift store. they are usually available.
    kids these days! they don't seem to wear them out. weird!

  • Bush- Radler Katalonien

    Shanks for sharing…
    What is you next experience? When you will start?
    looking forward to see the new adventure!
    greetings from Barcelona

  • Mark Doney-MacLeod

    Yup, Me again; I'm trying to go the other way with this but am not too sure how it'll pan out due to weight. I've been watching a lot on these lightweight bike campers you can build. The trailer camper that you tow by bike. I am thinking hmm..not sure so I thought a cross over might work, light trailer with tent but able to take my better camping cooker, a 3-4 man tent and better food. I have been working on my designs too with all lightweight materials like fibre rods from old tents to make my creation. As I'm not in a hurry to get anywhere and have no fixed mileage to cover per day and i'm over 50 I thought I'd take a trailer camper. I must have food for 2 days just in case I miss shops, as i get up early and like a siesta I was thinking that might work good for traffic, missing the rush hours. Tour 1 is from my home in Colne to a YHA in the North Yorkshire NP. round trip of 80 miles. Then I was thinking of cheating a bit and taking the train to Preston from where I can start a journey through Wales (Cymru) to wherever I get to and get a train back. I may even cycle a bit of the return journey.

  • Jack Kennedy

    hippyswift…. Greetings from America. Enjoyed this video as well as all your other vids. I'm wondering if you've got any vids showing how you deploy your mosquito net with the tarp? BTW, you have a very pleasant demeanor, which make your presentations pleasant to watch. You're a good soul and it comes through.

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