Bike packing combines two popular outdoor activities. On the one hand, you get the thrill of cycling, be it through rugged off-road terrain or a long-distance haul on the highway. On the other hand, you’ve got the challenge of backpacking, hauling minimal gear with you to survive. Granted, you might be able to get away with carrying a little more weight on a bike than you an in a pack, but the idea is still to keep it small and lightweight. With that in mind, it’s important to pick the right shelter if you’re going to be camping with your bike. Here’s a look at the best tents for cyclists.
Top Pick Overall
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2
Anyone who has spent any time researching serious backpacking tents has no doubt hear of the Big Agnes Brand. It’s for good reason, too. Big Agnes is a leader among high-quality tents and the Copper Spur HV UL 2 is probably your best bet for bike camping. It’s a perfect balance in terms of size and weight. It’s big enough that you can comfortably sleep two people in it, but it only weighs a little over 3 pounds. That’s pretty darned light given that you also get two doors and separate vestibules, as well as a lot of headroom for a tent this light. The only downside is that you’re going to pay a premium for this tent. It runs right around $450.
Top Pick For Those Wanting To Go Ultralight
If you’re planning to rack up some serious miles on your bike and you want to keep your loadout as lightweight as possible, this is the tent you want. The Big Agnes Fly Creek has long been favored by backpackers because it’s just about the lightest tent you can find without sacrificing an ounce of durability. At a little over 2 pounds, you’ll barely even know you’ve got this thing strapped to your saddlebags. Like the Copper Spur, it’s not cheap, and you can expect to pay around $350.
Best Budget Pick
Kelty Salida 2
If the price tag of the first two tents scares you, don’t worry. We’ve got an option that’s a lot easier on the pocketbook. The Kelty Salida 2 is a great tent for a price tag that’s usually under $80. It’s easy to set up and haul, but you’ll be carrying a little more weight, as the Salida 2 comes in at around 4 lbs. 9oz.