Jan. 2nd, 2014

androktone: (old)
I am saddened to find that there is no such thing as a camping bicycle. So I thought I would describe it and put it on the internet and maybe somebody will make one and I can buy it.

I anticipated it being a chain driven electric bike (of the sort which recharges it's own battery when you go down hill). These things go about 50-70 miles on a charge.

It would have a bike trailer with one big wheel which contains a decent double skin tent, and inflatable bedroll with sleeping bag. The bike itself could be used ingeniously to anchor and add structure to the tent, while also protecting the bike from the weather.  Maybe the tent and bedroll are inflatable by means of an electric bicycle pump running from the battery. Is that possible? It would be nice and warm. I expect there would be solar cells on the roof of the tent for passive charging.

The bike trailer would have a little camping stove in it and a cooler box for your food, with a squishy bag for your clothes which you could remove and use as a backpack. The cooler lid would have things like bottle and can openers and  puncture repair doodads set into it and would fold out into a table.

You'd be able to use the battery to run an LED light overnight and charge your phone; you could switch it to dynamo if you wanted to stay put and charge your stuff on a rainy day, and it would have adaptors so you could plug it into charge from a friendly car or camping site hookup. It would probably also have a spare battery for emergencies. Maybe it could have a fold out portable mini windmill so that it could charge by itself on windy nights? Do those exist? If not why not?

When the bike trailer is all folded up neatly it would make a comfortable chair - in fact somebody light could sit on it and be towed by you for short distances. It's an aerodynamic shape like a little pod. It comes in neon pink or camoflage and it has a flag on top so people don't trip over it.

Obviously the tents would be designed so they tesselate and zip together into a tent city in case lots of you want to go camping at once.

Anyway nothing of the kind seems to exist and I am very disappointed. Maybe next christmas!

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