Camping: on a Bike & Low Budget!




Introduction: Camping: on a Bike & Low Budget!

About: My full time job as an Organ Grinder keeps me pretty busy but that's just small change. My part time work, as a Mohel, keeps me up to date on my student loans from UCLSD.

  Frustrated by my employment situation (or lack of), I decided to check out the vast lands and great people of Texas.  With the help of some friends, I scrapped as little gear as possible together, and out the door I went.

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Step 1: Gear & "Cooking Supplies"

Fishing tackle, binoculars, flash light, multi tool, water key, spoon, "cook ware", & condiments.

Step 2: Hygiene

Soap, deodorant, lip balm, tooth paste, tooth brush (with shotgun shell cover) 

Step 3: Food Stuffs & Cooking Of

Ramen noodles, tuna, salmon, chicken, summer sausage, & peanut, hazelnut, & almond butter. 

I never had a fire because I camped any where I need to.  This is how I made my meals:
 -Crush the ramen in the bag, place in "cook ware" with water, & simply let it sit. 
 -Add the desired meat, condiments, & stir

The peanut, hazelnut, & almond butter I sucked out of the package to cure my horrible sweet tooth.

Step 4: Not Just Trash Bags!

Sleeping Bag
 - As I road toward the end of a day I would collect a box for a bed mat and stuff it in the handlebars till I found my destination.
 -Get in 1st bag and tie the bag to your sides using a belt loop.
 -Poke a hole in the bottom the 2nd bag and put your head through it.
 -Use a shoe for a pillow
 -Depending on the weather, you may need to poke some holes in the bag. (You will cook like a turkey!)

 -Fill bag with water and tie a knot to close it.
 -Hang from a tree using the knot at 2 branches.
 -Get ready to shower.
 -Use a small stick to poke several holes in the bag and SHOWER!

Crock Pot
 -You can make a large meal for several people using my same cooking methods as mentioned before.

Foul Weather Gear
-Using the same method for the top half of your sleeping bag, makes a killer rain poncho.

Step 5: A Few Things I Didn't Mention.

 I live in Arizona.  When I'm on my bike, I wear a backpack with a water bladder and a hat. I carry a smart phone, knife, lighter, P38 & a water key on my key chain.  My bag on the handle bars carries bike tools, a pre-Slimed tube, lights, & pen and paper. A pump and water bottle are on the frame.

 Never was I out of water more than a couple of hours in Texas.  Not one time did a person not let me get water. (God bless Texas) Did I always ask? Yes, or I tried to and that's where the water key comes into play.  Just about every commercial building has a Silcock box or a hose bib that needs a key. (see photos)  I generally don't pay for water on the road and I've never had security or management issues WHEN USING THE PROPER TOOLS AND ASKING for water.

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    8 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    assuming multi tool comes with a knife and mini saw? otherwise, I'd include one of those (manual wire based chainsaw very useful for camping/cutting wood)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I´m biking across south america and camping on the way. with no $$ Cool to see someone else is rocking it on a bike!! Check the hammock I made from spare pieces of rope, it's super lightweight and cost me 0$ and just one afternoon.



    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Cool hammock. Gods speed on your trip!


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Its a gift and a curse, use caution!