Biking and camping can be a great match, and I have found different people to be fiercely loyal to different gear and transport methods. Some swear by loading bags on various racks. Others like to pull trailers. Some swear by tents. I myself swear by a Hennessy Hammock. One thing I have never heard people argue about is how well beer and camping go together =)
Reader Benjy contacted us and made us aware of a new twist on a bike camping option - what he labels the Foldavan - a tent and trailer in one. The following text comes from ventspleen.com:
For all of you out there who love bicycle camping but don’t like the discomfort or the hassle that goes with it will rejoice in the news that Woodenwidget have just released the Foldavan folding bicycle caravan. No more struggling to find a flat stone free surface to pitch your tent. You can stop practically anywhere in a caravan.
If you’re thinking that towing a caravan sounds like hard work well think again. The Foldavan’s pretty tear drop shape is aerodynamic and it only weighs from 30 kilos. The caravan also acts as a trailer and can carry 75 kilos with ease. To make it really effortless, use an electric bike and put a larger, long-range battery in the Foldavan.
There is a lot more text over at ventspleen.com, but don't expect to be able to buy one out of the box if you are interested. Plans are available for purchase, but not a fully assembled unit.
If readers are loyal to specific gear/methods of bike camping, feel free to let us know so we can post.