When electric cargo bikes aren’t making short work of the school run or tackling the weekly shop they’re useful for lugging heavy gear on camping trips. Being able to haul up to 250kg means you can take solar panels, large tents, wood-burning stoves. Even a (small) kitchen sink isn’t out of the question.
Cycle touring is a pursuit as old as the bicycle itself. Now reinvented as ‘bikepacking’ the business of setting off to ride and camp, taking with you only as much as you can carry, is as pure a cycling experience as you can have.
The excellent bikepacking.com describes ‘a synthesis of mountain biking and minimalist camping; it evokes the freedom of multi-day back-country hiking, with the range and thrill of riding a mountain bike. It’s about forging places less travelled, both near and afar, via single-track trails, gravel, and abandoned dirt roads, carrying only essential gear’.
Some of the bikepacking chronicles describe epic rides through the red deserts of the American west and beyond, but don’t let the lure of far flung destinations stop you starting with a short overnight route near home.
To help get you started, we have a Quechua three-person tent to give away (which you won’t need an electric cargo bike to carry).
The design of this tent uses two-tone dye on the entire outer lining to reduce its CO2 emissions by 20% and the company can repair it if it gets damaged to give it a second life. To be in with a chance of winning the tent, simply leave us a comment at the bottom of the page and let us know where you’d pitch it.
Win a tent
To in with a chance of winning the tent, please comment below to let us know where you’d pitch it and we’ll pick a name next week.
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