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Ultralight Cycle Touring Book

My ultralight cycle touring book entitled the ‘Ultralight Cycle Touring Guide’ is finally complete. Since sometime in November 2013 I’ve been dragging myself away from the beautiful New Zealand spring to write a book on ultralight cycle-touring.

It all started when I got my road bike shipped out from the UK. I wanted to see more of New Zealand but the large distances and hills between towns forced to me look for a lighter and faster solution for touring. Down the rabbit hole I fell. Continue reading Ultralight Cycle Touring Book

Light Weight Cycle Touring Tent Alternatives

Tarp for cycle touring
Ultra lightweight tarp for cycle touring

One of the heaviest items when you are cycle-touring is your tent. Good tents will have a double lining and adequate leg room to keep you dry and allow you to stretch out. Of course you can manage with a single skin tent and leg room might not affect everyone but there’s a few alternatives worth mentioning. This is one of them.

This is my tarp. It’s a hugely versatile piece of kit and very light. It weighs 545 grams and comfortably covers an area big enough to sleep three people. Another one can be used on the ground if you wish, but a bivy works well to keep your sleeping bag dry if you’re on damp ground. I use the MSR AC Bivy or a second tarp just to protect the sleeping bag from the damp and any rocks and sticks, etc, from ripping it. Continue reading Light Weight Cycle Touring Tent Alternatives