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Best Tents For Bike Touring: Top Picks

Whether you’re new to bike touring or just realized your gear isn’t in the best shape, investing in a brand new tent will get you even more motivated to hit the road.

Knowing your tent can withstand whatever the touring gods throw at it will give you the peace of mind you need to focus on how much fun you’re having, rather than dreading any weather changes.

How to choose the right tent for a bike trip

When choosing a tent for a bike trip, it’s important to keep your setup in mind; if you are already packed to the brim, a lightweight tent is a must. If you’re planning on doing shorter treks that require less supplies, you might be able to have the luxury of a slightly heavier and roomier tent.

When shopping for your home away from home, think about comfort, weather protection, and size. The following options fall on different ends of the spectrum in terms of best value, special features, and versatility; they are all great choices for any cyclist looking to live on their bike for a few months or only a few nights.

Carrying your tent: Setting up your bike storage

While setting up your bike for a long distance trip, make sure you set aside space for your tent, even if you haven’t gotten your hands on one yet. If you’re going the classic route; four panniers and front and rear racks, try to fit your tent in one of your panniers. It may take up the entire bag (or most of it), but it’ll be less exposed to the elements as your ride, and will free up rack space.

If your panniers are full, bungee cords are your friend; strap your tent tight to the front or rear rack for easy access. If keeping it on a rack, make sure your tent is sealed in its bag at all times; you don’t want stray raindrops seeping in as you ride. The bag will also protect the fabric of the tent from UV rays, which can break it down over time.

Type of tent – the seasons

While three season tents are your best bet for long trips with unpredictable weather, if you’ll only be touring in summer months, strong waterproofing is what you’ll want to look for. Scroll down to the “Specs” section of any online product for useful information.

Pay attention to each tent’s rain fly set up and read what experienced hikers and cyclists have to say about using the tent in wet weather. A tent footprint is also a necessity; some tents come with their own footprints, but many are sold separately. The footprint will act as a dry barrier between the ground and the bottom of your tent. An ideal weight is generally The best bike touring tents are usually backpacking- specific; whether you’re on foot or on two wheels, how much you carry affects your speed, comfort and spirits.

Our view of the best tents for bicycle tours

Portal

By Slingfin

$490.00

Slingfin’s Portal freestanding tent has been racking up awards over the past two years, and its undoubtedly one of the best products on the market. Coming in at three pounds and five ounces packed (1.5 kg), this two person tent’s design is concise, despite its packable size, the tent has features like seven interior mesh pockets and opposite vents to maximize fresh airflow, giving you the best of both worlds.

Setup is quick and easy once you get the hang of it, and the Portal can withstand three, if not four-season weather. The rain fly is another special addition that sets this option apart; the design allows you to set the fly up first, then get the rest of the tent up from inside.

If you have to set up camp in a torrent of pouring rain, this perk allows you to open and put your tent up in a dry space, saving you an uncomfortable and likely chilly night. Long lasting and lauded for its craftsmanship, the Portal is worth the price tag, especially if you expect to continue touring. If you get tired of the saddle, this tent is also great for long hiking trips. The Portal’s matching footprint is sold separately.

Alto TR1

By Sea to Summit

$399.00

Considered ultralight, the Alto TR1 three season tent weighs in at a little over two pounds (0.907 kg). Notable features include sizable vents, a rainfly and apex vent that you can open or close from within the tent, an aluminum Quick Connect Foot pole attachment, and an upward tension pole design that raises the tent ceiling. The aluminum hardware is a nice touch, especially in terms of wear and tear and exposure to the elements.

The Alto is a one person tent for the solo cyclist, fitting nicely into a series of stuff sacks and making for a packable load. The Alto TR1 Plus is another option for those traveling in colder seasons; only slightly more expensive, the Plus has a 3+ Season rating, as opposed to the conventional 3. Both tents come in a two person option if you’re traveling with a partner.

Fly Creek HV UL1 Bikepack

Big Agnes

$359.95

Well known in the long distance cycling community, Big Agnes tents are preferred by a good number of riders for their lightweight and bike packing- specific collections.

The Fly Creek HV UL1’s packed weight is a little over two pounds (1.08. kg). This tent’s subtle but highly useful features cater to the weary cyclists; loops on the tent fly are ideal for drying clothes, while the aluminum Shortstik Poleset is made to fit just about anywhere on the bike, including on your handlebars. This small detail reduces the daily routine of stuffing your tent parts into a compression sack and hoping they all fit. Coined as high volume architecture, the Fly Creek’s pole angling allows you more space to sit up and move around in. With a durable carry sack made with months on the road in mind, this three season option seems like a keeper. Big Agnes footprints are sold separately.

Outpost 2 Tent

By Mountain Hardwear

$450-600

Mountain Hardwear’s Outpost 2  is another multi-season option for those looking to travel in unpredictable conditions, including cold weather; it’s an alpine specific tent made for mountaineering. It’s a great option for people who are also avid climbers, backpackers, and explorers.

With a packed weight of 5 pounds and 15 ounces, this red and frosty blue two person tent has two entrances and packs easily. An elongated dome shape gives you some room to breathe and there are plenty of pockets for accessories and electronics. A mesh canopy keeps the tent from feeling stuffy, while a sturdy rain fly keeps out the wind and showers. The roomy interior is great for taking a rest day during a long distance tour; at $450 to $600, it also comes in on the higher end of the price scale for a quality tent but will improve countless alpine, backcountry, or off road trips.

Best Value Bicycle Tent:

Elixir 2 Backpacking Tent

By MSR

$249.95

Built for backpackers, the Elixir 2 from MSR is a two person tent that weighs a little more, costs a little less and provides more than enough space for you and a touring friend. Ready to conquer three seasons, the Elixir is a great first time purchase thanks to its simple, color coded pole set up and break down.

Extra headroom is an emphasis, setting this tent apart from many others that are described as two person, but barely offer enough space to fit comfortably without being right up against the other person. An added gear loft allows you to store your valuables, and complete polyurethane coating guarantees protection from wet weather. Though this tent comes in at a packed weight of six pounds, almost double than many lightweight options, it’s worth considering if comfort matters to you.

If you are setting out on your first long distance tour and aren’t sure just how challenging it’ll be on your body and mind, having a tent like this will give you something to look forward to at the end of a long, difficult day. Packing your bike up before you leave and including this tent,whether in a pannier or on a rack, can give you an estimate of how its weight will affect your ride. The Elixir does come with an included footprint, bringing your entire purchase to about $250.

Final Tips:

When traveling with another person, a heavier tent can often be split into two loads; the poles and fly can be carried separately from the tent body, for example. If you don’t want to store these parts loosely in your panniers, you can purchase stuff sacks separately from any outdoors store.

If you slept through an overnight rainstorm or your tent is soaked with morning dew (which happens more often than you’d expect), make sure to dry it if you have the chance. Set it up empty, and allow it to air out before putting anything else in it.

If your tent doesn’t come with them, having extra stakes, seam glue, and a tent patch kit is a good idea before embarking on tour.

While some of the most popular tents on the market may be sold out, don’t hesitate to pre-order them or get an estimate on when they’ll be back in stock.

Pay attention to your tent’s warranty policy! More often than not, the company you’re purchasing from will have a warranty that allows you to bring or send your tent in for repairs free of charge.

Bestselling Tents for Cycling

Bestseller No. 1
Jagahaha Bike Camper Trailer - Ultimate Adventure Companion for Bike Touring - Folding, Sleep Off The Ground - Easy Setup- Spacious - Supports up to 250lbs - Ideal for E-Bike Enthusiasts!
  • 🎪【Good sleep experience】Experience ultimate convenience and comfort with our folding bike trailer tent. Set up in under 3 minutes and enjoy a spacious and waterproof shelter that keeps you off the ground and provides a good sleep experience.
  • 🎪【18 -inches wheels and weight support】Perfect for adventurous campers and bike touring enthusiasts, our bike camper trailer features an 18-inch wheel and can support up to 250lbs. With its UV resistance and rainfly.
  • 🎪【suitable for E-bike and bike】Designed for e-bike riders, our bike tent camping solution offers a suitable height of 6 feet 2 inches, allowing you to easily move around. Its big space accommodates your camping gear while keeping it safe and dry.
  • 🎪【Water resistance】Embark on your camping journey with our wide path bicycle camper. Made with high-quality materials, it guarantees durability and longevity. Its waterproof design ensures a worry-free camping experience in any weather condition.
  • 🎪【Advanture shelter】Experience the freedom of camping with our bicycle camper trailer. Whether you're exploring new trails or enjoying a peaceful getaway, our tent provides a comfortable and reliable shelter.
SaleBestseller No. 2
L RUNNZER One Person Tent, Pop Up Mosquito Tent for Outdoor Camping, Backpacking, Hiking, Trekking & Bike-Touring, Ultralight One Person Pop Up Tent, Mesh Tent Camping Tent
  • Lightweight Portability - Designed with lightweight portability in mind, our single person tent weighs only 1.8lbs and folds down to a compact size (13") for easy carrying and storage. Measurement 82.7"L*32.3"W*30.3"H, this 1 person tent offers you optimal comfort and freedom of movement.
  • Effortless Setup - With our innovative pop-up technology, setting up the cot mosquito net is a breeze! In just seconds, you can unfold as it automatically pops into shape. No complicated assembly, allowing you to spend more time enjoying nature.
  • Meticulous Design - The mosquito net tent is constructed with a high-density mesh that provides excellent ventilation while keeping bugs out. The reversible zipper allows for easy entry and exit, ensuring convenience and hassle-free camping enjoyment.
  • Upgrade Structure - Reinforced support structure at both ends ensures that your bug net for camping stands strong, even in adverse weather conditions. No more worries about sudden collapses or gusty winds disrupting your serene camping experience.
  • Multi-purpose - Whether you're embarking on a solo hike, planning a beach getaway, or lying on the cot, our pop up mosquito tent is the perfect companion. Whether you stake the four corners to the ground or not, it will always be stable.
Bestseller No. 3
Bike Storage Tent, Anti-Dust Waterproof Bicycle Tent, Portable Bike Storage Tent for 3-4 Bikes, Foldable Bike Shelter for Garden, Camping, Outdoor - Grayish Green (SD-94G)
  • 【Powerful Function】The storage tent is closed completely after being zipped, and there is a window with a side length of 11.5 inches inside, which is more practical and convenient for ventilation. Besides, there is a small pocket in the tent that can be used to store tools. The silver-coated material disperses ultraviolet rays to prevent equipment aging. This prolongs its service life.
  • 【Large Storage Space】Bike storage tent size: 78.8 in×31.5 in×65 in, Large space that can accommodate 2-3 bicycles. The outdoor bike tent can be a storage container and a camping tent. It can also be storage for repairing tools, swimming pool supplies, gardening tools, toys, small furniture, sports equipment, etc.
  • 【Premium Material】The outdoor storage tent is made from 210D Oxford cloth, which is stronger and more durable than the general 190T polyester material. It provides 4000 mm water resistance and excellent UV resistance, which allows you to use our tent well in moderate rain and outdoor. Choose our outdoor bike tent, to protect your bicycles from sunlight, rain, and dust.
  • 【Easy to Set up & Strong stability】You can assemble it and disassemble it within 5 minutes without any tools. Equipped with four ground nails, the storage tent can be well fixed and be used even in bad weather. The included accessories are fold-able and carried in the carry bag, which is a must for bicycle travel or daily use.
  • 【Great Customer Service】The bicycle storage shed can be used outdoors and indoors. It is light and very portable. It is suitable for camping, hiking, home use, etc. If you have any questions, you can contact us via Amazon email, and we will help you solve the problem as soon as possible. The product supports a one-year free warranty.
Bestseller No. 4
Large Bike Cover Storage Shed Tent,Portable Bicycle Motorcycle Tent Waterproof Portable Garden Storage Cover Heavy Duty Side Opening Tricycle Motorcycle Storage Tent for Outdoor Camping Hiking (Black)
  • 【Large space】The new size is 87in x 62in x 66in, we have expanded the capacity and the storage space is twice that of the old model, which is enough to meet the needs of daily use and hold more things.It can store 3-4 bicycles. Double-door design, a new side door design is added on the basis of the old model, so that parking is more convenient.
  • 【Protective Bike Shed】Protects bicycles from the elements, wild animals, rain and sun debris. No need to worry about parts getting corroded by ware caused by the weather. Full zippers on the door to completely seal the door and provide full protection against weather, dust, dirt and sun damage.
  • 【Sturdy material】The bicycle shed is made of high-quality 210T polyester Oxford cloth, which is tear-resistant, waterproof, UV and wind resistant. A thick layer of PE waterproof cloth is added to the bottom of the tent. The Premium fabric can avoid sunlight Irradiation to prevent equipment aging,small window design is convenient for ventilation.
  • 【Multi-Purpose Use】Hwayslon Bicycle Storage Shed can easily store bicycles, swimming pool supplies, garden equipment, children's toys and other things you want to store. It can also be used as a campground. Can be used for any purpose you want.
  • 【Quick to Set-up and Take Down】It takes less than 10 minutes to assemble the tent and requires no tools (Contact us if any assistance is needed)! Straighten the frame and insert it into the gap reserved in the tent, bend the frame into an arch with a little force and use a shorter frame to open the width to use, windproof nail Will protect the bicycle shed more sturdily for outdoor use.
SaleBestseller No. 5
HuaKastro Outdoor Bike Cover Bicycle Tent for 2 Bikes, Waterproof Oxford Storage Tent, Foldable Bike Shelter for Camping
  • 【Robust Construction】 Made from 210D Oxford fabric with a silver coating and reinforced with 7.9mm fiberglass rods, this tent is built to last and provide reliable protection.
  • 【Waterproof】The PU4000 waterproof coating guarantees protection against rain and snow, while the silver coating offers superior UV resistance.
  • 【Ample Space】 With dimensions of 78" x 31.5" x 63.7", there's enough room for 2-3 adult bikes, along with space for helmets and other cycling gear. 【Compact and Portable】 When folded, the storage tent reduces to a mere 17.7" x 5.9" x 5.9", making it easy to store in your garage or under your bike when not in use.
  • 【Versatility】1.Organization: It provides a convenient place to store gardening tools, outdoor furniture, cushions, and other items, keeping your garden tidy. 2.Protection: The storage tent can protect your belongings from the elements, ensuring they're ready to use whenever you need them.
  • 【Quick Setup】 Set up your bike tent in just minutes with the help of two people. No complex assembly required – simply insert the fiberglass poles and stake the tent.
Bestseller No. 6
Jagahaha Bike Camper Trailer Tent - Ultimate Folding Trailer for E-Bike & Camping - Set Up in 3 Mins, Sleep Off The Ground, Waterproof & UV Resistant - Supports 250lbs, Perfect for Bike Enthusiasts!
  • Experience the ultimate bike touring adventure with our Bike Trailer Tent. Set up in under 3 minutes and enjoy a good sleep experience off the ground to avoid bugs, wet floors, and cold ground.
  • Designed for e-bike and bike enthusiasts, our Bike Camper Trailer features a folding design and 18-inch wheels for easy transportation. It supports up to 250lbs and provides a suitable height for individuals up to 6 feet 2.
  • Stay protected from rain and UV rays with the included rainfly and UV-resistant materials of our Bike Trailer Tent. It is waterproof, ensuring a dry and comfortable camping experience even in unpredictable weather conditions.
  • Perfect for camping enthusiasts, our Bicycle Camper Trailer offers ample space for your gear and provides a convenient solution for bike touring. Enjoy the freedom of exploring the outdoors with this versatile trailer.
  • Discover the joy of bike camping with our Wide Path Camper - Bicycle Camper. Its durable construction and innovative design make it the ideal choice for bike enthusiasts who love to explore the great outdoors.
Bestseller No. 7
Wolf Walker Motorcycle Tent for Camping 2-3 Person Waterproof Instant Tents with Integrated Motorcycle Port for Outdoor Hiking, Backpacking, Picnic Fast Pitch
  • 🏍️Bike port camping tent with spacious design stores a full-sized motorcycle with room for 2-3 people to sleep comfortably;Includes a separate, secure enclosure attached to the inner tent for storing your bike and gear.
  • ☀️Convenient access thanks to 4 different entryways from the tent and bike port; mesh panel provides privacy and protects against bugs.
  • 🏕️4 Season tent with waterproof rainfly for cover and protection from heavy rain and strong wind; waterproof floor keeps campers dry through the night.
  • 🎵The size of the tent is 187.2inch x 98.4inch x 72.8inch. It can easily accommodate 2-3 adults. The folded size is only 24"L X 11"W X 6"H, Only weighs 14.85 pounds.
  • 👍Tent includes 3 finest aircraft grade aluminum poles with stakes and storage bag for quick and easy setup; Multifunctional tent packs up easily into motorcycle bag or carrier.WOLF WALKER always put customer experience first. We guarantee a 100% refund or replace for any quality problem of the product.
Bestseller No. 8
Hwayslon 2021 Upgrade Bike Tent,Outdoor Bike Covers Storage Shed Tent Portable Bicycle Tent 210D Silver Coated Oxford Thick Waterproof Fabric with Window for Outdoor,Garden,Camping,Hiking (Green)
  • 【Large-capacity bicycle shed】 You will get a 78.7*65*34.6 inch large bicycle shed, easy for storing fits two adult bicycles. The large-size bicycle shed can shelter people from rain and shade under special conditions.
  • 【Protective Bike Shed】Protects bicycles from the elements, wild animals, rain and sun debris. No need to worry about parts getting corroded by ware caused by the weather. Full zippers on the door to completely seal the door and provide full protection against weather, dust, dirt and sun damage.
  • 【Sturdy material】The bicycle shed is made of high-quality 210T polyester Oxford cloth, which is tear-resistant, waterproof, UV and wind resistant. A thick layer of PE waterproof cloth is added to the bottom of the tent. The Premium fabric can avoid sunlight Irradiation to prevent equipment aging,small window design is convenient for ventilation.
  • 【Multi-Purpose Use】Hwayslon Bicycle Storage Shed can easily store bicycles, swimming pool supplies, garden equipment, children's toys and other things you want to store. It can also be used as a campground. Can be used for any purpose you want.
  • 【Quick to Set-up and Take Down】It takes less than 10 minutes to assemble the tent and requires no tools (Contact us if any assistance is needed)! Straighten the frame and insert it into the gap reserved in the tent, bend the frame into an arch with a little force and use a shorter frame to open the width to use, windproof nail Will protect the bicycle shed more sturdily for outdoor use.
SaleBestseller No. 9
Quictent Heavy Duty 136"X 54" Motorcycle Shelter Shed 600D Oxford Cover Storage Garage Tent with TSA Code Lock & Carry Bag,Black
  • ✅【TSA CODE LOCK & CARRY BAG】Lock & Carry Bag is included with the product, which is convenient for storage and provides privacy and security.
  • ✅【MESH WINDOWS】There are 2 mesh windows with roll-up tie flaps on each sidewall that support much better ventilation, it can help with air flowing, and prevent moisture.
  • ✅【DURABLE 600D OXFORD FABRIC COVER】Using 100% watertight 600D Oxford Fabric PU coating on inside entire 1200mm H2O/m, sewing process using PU adhesive stickers, all-season materials tarp could protect your vehicle from Season Elements, Such as sun, rain, dust, snow, etc.
  • ✅【EASY TO SET UP】The poles are connecting with the spring button, no additional tools required, it's easy to follow the included instructions for step-by-step installation.
  • ✅【1 YEARS WARRANTY】Within the warranty period, we always offer excellent after-sale service for this item, please rest assured to use.
SaleBestseller No. 10
TIMBER RIDGE 5 Person SUV Tent with Movie Screen Weather Resistant Portable for Car SUV Van Camping, Includes Rainfly and Storage Bag, 10' W X 8' L X 7.1' H Green
  • SEAMLESS CONNECTION: Our SUV tent securely connects to your trunk, offering extra sleeping and storage space without any gaps; stay dry even during rainy weather when accessing items from your car, a E-port allow you connection to power outlets to keep your devices charged.
  • SPACIOUS DESIGN: Sleeps up to 5 people comfortably, measuring 10' x 8' and provides over 7.1' of height, allowing you to stand easily; enjoy the convenience of 2 mesh storage bags inside for keeping the interior tidy
  • BONUS MOVIE SCREEN: Enhance your camping experience with the extra movie screen included; settle into the SUV tent and enjoy family movie nights with privacy and comfort
  • WEATHER RESISTANT: Made with PU2000 waterproof coating and wearproof polyester taffeta cloth, this tent offers reliable protection from the elements; features 1 large door, a top mesh skylight, and 2 mesh windows for optimal ventilation and stargazing
  • COMPATIBILITY NOTE: This SUV tent is designed to fit a variety of vehicles, including CUVs, SUVs, Model Y, minivans, Jeep Wrangler Hard Top, or Pick-up Trucks with Bed Caps; please ensure your trunk dimensions (max heights: 59", max width: 69", max length: 57") match before purchasing; the tent can also function as a stand-alone unit when detached from the vehicle