With emphasis in the media to ‘think more healthily’, bike touring has become an even more popular pastime in the USA.

This can also be a great social event with friends or family spending time together on or off-road, seeing and experiencing the country more fully, rather than viewing it from behind a car windscreen.

Both time and distances vary considerably from single day tours, to multiple days or weeks. Considering that a cyclist will cover anything up to 150 kilometres or so, then quite large distances are traversed on the longer tours. For the cyclist to become self sufficient on the trip, they need to take everything they need, including food, cooking equipment and a tent or Bivouac for camping.

Of all the equipment you need to take, choosing the right bike touring tent is probably the most important decision you need to make. Total carrying weight varies per tent, but averages around 2 – 3Kgs (4.4 to 6.6 lbs). You can buy tents below 2 Kg but these tend to be more expensive, plus room and strength can be compromised. Fortunately, weight is not such an important factor for the cyclist as it is for backpackers, so perhaps a slightly heavier tent will provide a roomier, warmer and more comfortable camping experience.

Bike Touring Tents

Tent designs vary depending on the country that they are used in. For example, tents sold in the United States generally have good wind resistance and are well ventilated for hot weather. In Europe however, the tents tend to be warmer and more resistant to wet weather. Tents are sold as three or four season. If you are going to be camping in higher regions, a four season tent is recommended as these generally offer better protection and have steep sloping roofs to help shed snow.

All that’s left now is to decide how many you wish to sleep in the tent. Many choices are available to the consumer, and vary from one person to family size designs.