Posted by Gregory Maassen on January 2, 2022 - Latest revision January 22, 2022  Reading time: minutes remaining

Review: The Ultimate E-biking Camping Gear Guide for E-bike Lovers

E-biking provides the freedom to explore even more than most would with a regular bicycle. You can e-cycle greater distances and bring more equipment along the ride. 

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Camping and exploring add fun to your e-biking adventures. With modern technology, camping does not have to be torture and misery, and you can camp in style and comfort. Really? Yes, really! We do not like to suffer at E-bike Lovers.

Our Curated E-bike Packing Gear List

Below is a list of camping gear we use for our long-distance e-bike rides. The equipment is selected for quality and weight, focusing on safety, reliability, and comfort. Quality and convenience come at a price, true for e-bikes and camping gear.

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The Importance of Lightweight Gear for Handling E-bikes

Although e-bikes can carry more weight than regular bicycles, you need to be aware of your e-bike's weight limits and your capability of handling a heavier e-bike. The impact of weight on the range of an e-bike usually is not that dramatic, but it has a significant effect on the riding characteristics of the bicycle.

E-bikes tend to be heavier than regular bikes, and any extra weight changes the dynamics of e-biking. Hence, be mindful of the weight camping gear adds to the total weight of the e-bicycle. The alternative is to tow a trailer like our favorite Burley Nomad for our cross-country e-bike rides.

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E-bike packing with lightweight camping equipment pays off but comes at a premium. High-quality lightweight camping gear tends to be more expensive.

Multi-day E-biking Camping Gear

The e-biking camping gear list comes with E-bike Lovers' guarantee that the equipment is used for our multi-day e-biking trails such as the C&O Canal Towpath, the Allegheny Pass, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. We are so confident in the chosen e-biking camping gear that we use it for cross-country e-bike rides.

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Big Agnes Blacktail Hotel 2 Bike Packing Tent

The Big Agnes Blacktail Hotel 2 Bike Packing Tent comes in three sizes. We believe that the two-person "hotel" is spacy enough to host our e-bike and cot for one person only. Consider buying the version for three people or more if you need more space. The tent is lightweight and well-constructed, and a big plus is the tent's "veranda" that covers part of the e-bicycle. Combined with an inexpensive bike cover, your e-bike is protected from the elements. We were not impressed with anchors that come with the tent, so we bought lightweight and simple FANBX F Tent Pegs.

The Big Agnes Blacktail Hotel 2 Bike Packing Tent comes with an optional floor cover at an additional cost. 

Helinox Cot Max Lightweight, Compact, Collapsible, Portable Camping Cot

Why suffer from sleeping on a mat if a high-quality cot can provide serious comfort on the trail. We use the Helinox Cot Max Lightweight, Compact, Collapsible, Portable Camping Cot, as it is lightweight and super comfortable. You will be surprised what a pleasure it is to sleep on this cot. The cot fits in the Big Agnes Blacktail Hotel 2 Bike Packing Tent, but just – back-to-back.

We do not use the optional extension legs that raise the cot's height, making it too high to sit on in the tent. We do not need an additional mattress to sleep comfortably on the cot.

This video from Australia shows the Helinox Cot One with three legs. This cot is a smaller version of the Helinox Cot Max version.

NEMO Disco 15 Sleeping Bag - Long - Left Zip

We like to roll when we sleep on our side, and not all sleeping bags provide this option. The NEMO Disco 15 Sleeping Bag - Long - Left Zip comes in male and female versions and has a regular and extended size option. It is super light and comfortable. We have a zipper that opens the entire length of the sleeping bag. The bag has vents, a waterproof footbag, and feels pleasant. As a bonus, it packs up very well. It is a premium sleeping bag. Combined with the Helinox Cot Max Lightweight, Compact, Collapsible, Portable Camping Cot, this bag lets you "sleep like a human, not like a mummy."

NEMO Fillo Pillow - Inflatable Camp Pillow for Backpacking or Travel

A travel or backpacking pillow is often an overlooked but essential piece of the e-bike camping equation.

The Nemo Fillo Pillow is inflatable, light, and comfortable, and it does not get damp. We have added Velcro tape to the cot and the pillow to prevent it from moving during the night on the Helinox Cot Max Lightweight, Compact, Collapsible, Portable Camping Cot.

Helinox Swivel Chair and Table

Helinox manufactures ultra-light camping chairs and tables. We evaluated the standard chair, but we did not like it as it is too low, and you cannot move around in the chair. But we are in love with the Helinox Swivel Chair. It features a dynamic design with full 360 degrees of rotation, and it is amazingly comfortable.

We also bring a table for our e-bike backpacking rides. The Helinox Table provides superior stability and support while remaining exceptionally light and packable.

Cooking in Style with the MSR WindBurner Stove System

We do not often cook on the trail but like our cup of tea and the occasional fried egg sandwich. We recommend the MSR WindBurner Stove System. The radiant burner and heat exchanger deliver fast boil times and more fuel efficiency than conventional stoves that use convective heat only.

The integrated cookware with a built-in heat exchanger efficiently transfers heat to the lock-on pot so you can enjoy a quick meal or hot drink after an e-bike ride. We also use the MSR WindBurner Stove System during E-bike Lovers' winter rides.

Keeping it Dry with Wise Owl Outfitters Dry Bags

The number one enemy of comfort is a wet environment. No one deserves to sleep in a damp sleeping bag in a wet tent. You want to keep all your equipment dry and happy. We have a separate lightweight dry bag for our toiletries, including toilet paper and an electric toothbrush. Yes, do not forget toilet paper. And keep it dry. A wet roll of toilet paper is, well, useless.

Burley Nomad Cargo Trailer

The trailer has been on the market for years, and it is affordable and exceptionally durable. It weighs less than 15 lbs. carries up to 100 lbs., and its water-resistant cover protects your gear in inclement weather. The two-wheel chassis and Burley hitch system provide superior tracking and stability.

The trailer uses 16 / 41 (in/cm) wheel size. We have upgraded the wheels with the 16 inches Schwalbe Marathon HS 420 Touring Bike Tire | 3mm Puncture Protection with a reflective sidewall.

The Burley Nomad Cargo Trailer is built specifically for touring and features an efficient, lightweight design, huge cargo capacity, and a durable weatherproof cover. The optional Nomad Cargo Rack makes carrying bulkier items easier. 

You can opt to e-bike without a trailer, but this limits the equipment you can bring along, such as extra e-bike batteries and an Ecoflow power bank for 110 V in the tent. Alternatively, you can install a Surly TV Tray Rack Platform on the bike rack to transport gear in a large dry bag on the e-bike. We use ROK Straps to securely attach anything we need on our e-bike as bungee cords can be dangerous on the trail.

ABUS BORDO™ Alarm 6000A Motion Detection Lock

You want to sleep at night, not wondering what will happen to your e-bike on camping grounds. We have an ABUS bike lock with motion detection. The ABUS BORDO™ Alarm 6000A Motion Detection Lock is a folding lock that sounds an alarm (at a volume of 100dB) if it detects an attempted attack.

The sensor distinguishes between picking attempts and slight vibrations. The lock will emit a small warning beep, but it will not sound a full alarm when a ball for example falls on the bike.

It is a great e-bike lock that warns you if someone tampers with the e-bike. We attach the locked e-bike to our cot inside the tent with a cable. If thieves want to steal the e-bike at night, they will not only wake us up with the alarm, but they also must drag the cot out of the tent. This may well be too much work for the average thief.

Black Diamond Equipment - Sprint 225 Headlamp - Octane

We know Black Diamond as a producer of quality hiking and climbing products. The Black Diamond Equipment - Sprint 225 Headlamp - Octane is a capable headlamp that produces 225 lumens on max setting powered by a lithium ion rechargeable battery (3-hour USB charge time). 

Conclusion

E-bike packing is fun if you have the right lightweight camping gear. Our curated gear list is evaluated in the field and used for multiple-day tours and when we e-bike cross country.

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