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Anyone into bike camping?
Posted March 9th, 2013 - 4:18 am by from Bergenfield, United States (Permalink)
Im trying to go bike camping whenever possible in the upcoming months as the weather gets nicer. Looking for friends who would be into doing so.

Posted March 14th, 2013 - 5:08 pm by from Brooklyn, United States (Permalink)
Never heard of that. How or what is that like? I like camping (though haven't done it in years) and I'm new to the biking thing but I'm open to new experiences. But would like a clearer idea of what you have in mind.

Posted March 14th, 2013 - 7:34 pm by from Bergenfield, United States (Permalink)
Well basically, it's strapping all of your camping needs to a bike and riding it to some nice camping spot. I'm open to any adventure.

Posted March 15th, 2013 - 5:06 pm from Brooklyn, United States
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Posted March 15th, 2013 - 5:34 pm by from Bergenfield, United States (Permalink)
It's all about packing light. I camp pretty often and I'd be happy to show anyone how to load up their bike with gear so that its still rideable.

Posted March 16th, 2013 - 6:02 pm from Brooklyn, United States
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Posted March 17th, 2013 - 12:55 am by from New York, United States (Permalink)
Hey guys. I have some experience with bike camping trips. I biked from NYC to Martha's Vineyard/Boston and camped the whole way along. Although a trip that long might be much, there are lots of other routes to interesting places. I would be willing to go as soon as the weather gets a tad nicer-- maybe in April (celebrate my birthday, wootwoot!) One concern I have for myself is that I have been traveling a lot since last September and haven't been able to really get back on my wheels since other than here and there. I think it would be great to get in the distance groove here in the city area before going "out there" where public transit is not going to be accessible. Does anyone have some suggestions of interesting spots we could bike to that, heck, we could even try out this coming weekend (if anyone is down!). I think if anyone is ACTUALLY going to ride long, you need to practice some distance first. Otherwise, the experience (for women) can be painful and you have to be careful. It is totally my pleasure to meet up and share all that I have learned to other ladies who love adventuring!!

Posted March 17th, 2013 - 2:13 am by from Bergenfield, United States (Permalink)
I'm actually going on a bike overnight trip by bike next Saturday, the 23rd. If anyone wants to go, add me on Facebook and ill send you the event invite. My name on there is Dan Berdington. We will be leaving from the GWB and biking roughly 25 miles to a wooded stealth camping spot. It's designed to be a sort of test run to prepare for much further camping trips. The weather is supposed to be beautiful too!

Posted March 17th, 2013 - 2:24 am by from Brooklyn, United States (Permalink)
The rest of this month is a no go for me. But I would love to check the whole bike camping a try. I'm with Brigitte though on the whole testing the wheels before we go out for the weekend. I haven't ridden in years and need to get back into it. It'd be nice to do a couple of rides around town before doing the real thing. Also that way we could meet before and see if we can really get along (it'd be horrible if we had to spend a weekend together and see in the first 5 minutes that we can't stand each other LOL).

OMG! I'm getting so excited on the whole idea! LOL

Posted March 17th, 2013 - 3:08 am by from Jamaica, United States (Permalink)
I have done bikepacking in the past. Its the same thing but weeks or months at a time. I'm don't think a single gear bike is adequate. Back then, I was doing around 45 to 80 miles a day. Gear is essential, the better the bike and the lighter the gear, the better it will be.

Posted March 17th, 2013 - 1:36 pm by from Bergenfield, United States (Permalink)
I rock a single speed 29er for my bike camping bike. I like it because nothing can possibly go wrong with the drivetrain. So far for me, bike camping is more about just enjoying the ride and taking it easy. The most I've ever done with gear in a day though is only about 50 miles. I'm so pumped to camp in 2013!!!! Next weekend will be the beginning of some great adventures to come.

Posted March 18th, 2013 - 3:12 am by from Brooklyn, United States (Permalink)
I've never hiked before. I've camped once. But I love adventures and biking. I'm down to check this out. I'll facebook you soon, Dan.

Hopefully my years of carrying groceries on my back while biking would train me enough for this haha. Other than that, I did the NYC Bike Century tour - 75miles but I did bike to and from. So 90 miles =b

Posted March 19th, 2013 - 2:35 am from Brooklyn, United States
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Posted March 25th, 2013 - 2:26 am by from Hamilton, Canada (Permalink)
I am not moving back to NY until June but I would for sure be up for some bike camping then!

Posted March 25th, 2013 - 10:43 pm by from New York, United States (Permalink)
Sounds really cool man. However my bike wont be ready till at least next week, since it needs a little Spring tuneup. What time frame do u have in mind?

Posted March 26th, 2013 - 12:40 am by from Bergenfield, United States (Permalink)
I'm down for pretty much anytime as long as the nights are just a little bit warmer. A low temp of about 40F or close to that even would be ideal. Also if you need a good tune up, def try Rei. I work as the technician in the Paramus location, and I know the technicians very well in the soho NYC location, and they do wonderful work as well.

Posted March 27th, 2013 - 3:45 am by from New York, United States (Permalink)
Oh sounds cool. Thanx for the tip, however i do have my guys at the place where i bought my bike (it's a 24 speed btw lol). It's up in the Bronx where i live, and tends to be alot more inexpensive lol.

I do love to hangout at shops in Manhattan though cuz u can meet all the crazy bike messengers, see extraordinary custom fixies, etc. It's always a delight, and a great learning experience. Their's a real great bike culture in NYC :)

Posted April 4th, 2013 - 5:59 pm by from Bergenfield, United States (Permalink)
Now that its certainly going to be warmer on the upcoming weekends, Id still love to try bike camping from the GWB. I have a few spots in mind, And any other suggestions would greatly be appreciated.

Posted April 18th, 2013 - 10:59 pm by from New York, United States (Permalink)
By the way, I traveled Brazil for 3 months on my bike with some camping thrown into the mix, so not a total newbie to it, but never done it with others, so would love to try it out!

Posted April 18th, 2013 - 11:00 pm by from New York, United States (Permalink)
Weird, didn't post my first response. I'm coming to New York on the 29th of April and I'll be there for 3 months. Am bring my bike and would love a chance to do this!

Posted May 14th, 2013 - 4:46 am by from New York, United States (Permalink)
would love to stay in the loop although dont know when ill be able to you join... well we have the entire summer :)

Posted March 27th, 2013 - 3:47 am by from New York, United States (Permalink)
Oh and it's cool that u work work for REI, great company ;)

Posted May 15th, 2013 - 12:26 am from New York, United States
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Posted May 17th, 2013 - 2:51 am by from Bergenfield, United States (Permalink)
Still out doing this type of thing. Im going saturday, but I have to work until 10pm. Still going, but doing a short night ride from the base of the park. Mountain bike necessary as well as good lights plus overnight gear.