S24O bike camping with a family of four: Like car camping, except with bikes.
Grant Petersen’s “Sub 24 Hour Overnight” (S24O) bike camping trips seem typically to be done on touring bikes with racks, decent panniers, and light weight camping gear. My good panniers have disappeared (no idea where they’re at right now), and my cheap panniers are falling apart. Inspired by the guys with milk crates bungeed to their bikes, I bolted a large plastic tub to the heavy duty rear rack on the Urbana Bicycle (120 lb capacity!).
I stuffed the tub with your typical cheap car camping gear for a family of four: a large tent, two burner camp stove with fuel, griddle, utensils, sleeping bags and pads, camp food and drink, and even our small pet dog.
We’re fortunate to have a state park with bicycle camping just a couple of miles from our home in Santa Cruz County. A quick call to ensure the bike camping was available, and my family and I were there.
The Urbana bicycle rear rack comes with bolts. I used fender washers to ensure the plastic didn’t rip loose. This setup worked well for the approximately 50 lbs of gear I had loaded up in the tub, even when cycling on the fire roads across the state park.
My daughter and I were going down Pipeline Road when we got to the super steep section that she had problems negotiating, so she walked and I strapped her bike on top of the big pile of camping gear.
The plastic tub survived about a quarter mile of this is when the plastic failed around the bolts and the entire pile dumped out the back of my bike. Oops! I used some rope to perfect the ghetto look by tying the whole pile of gears and the tub remains to the top and sides of the rack.
What’s your S24O adventure story?