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Ultralight Bicycle Touring Umbrella

An umbrella bike touring?  I have always carried an umbrella backpacking and continued the habit as I started touring more by bike.  Umbrellas offer shelter to cook under, read a map under, take pictures or pull out anything you want to keep dry.  They provide both shade and protection from the rain.  I over heat in rain jackets and become soaked with sweat, so as soon as I’m off the bike the jacket has to come off.  Certainly an umbrella is something you can make do without.  You could just hold your rain jacket over your head and save the 7 or 8 ounces, but that requires two hands and does not provide the same protection if there is wind involved.  This is just one of the very few comfort items I bring along.  It’s a personal preference; you may find it to be dead weight.

Here are two umbrellas I own and use.  I’ve had the Golite for about ten years, although mine is red.  The one from Campmor is more compactable but not as sturdy in high winds.  Both are good quality and constructed from fiberglass (important to help to minimize the risk of lightning strike). 

This is an unsolicited post.  I just like them, Jack

The feather weight (8.5 oz) Euroschirm Light Trek Umbrella from Campmor.    Light weight, very compact and has a small compass in the handle.  Not as sturdy in wind or very heavy down pour.  A good one to carry “just in case”.  Go with something like the Golite if you are biking in the areas rainy season or if the forcast is for serious rainstorms.

The 7 ounce Golite Dome is a sturdy Ultralight trekking umbrella.  It is not collapsible, so not as easy to pack.  It weighs less than the Euroschirm so if space is not an issue, this is a good choice.  I’ve had mine for about ten years and it still repels the rain well (although I did spray it with scotch guard treatment a few times).

  1. arlen
    January 16, 2011 at 8:50 am

    that is a neat idea…never would have consider the idea…

  2. The Velo Hobo
    January 16, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Thanks Arlen, is there some unusual item you carry?

    • arlen
      January 24, 2011 at 11:42 am

      yes there is….”White Chalk” to leave messages on the asphalt ….that is if i am traveling with some one else…
      that is if we are some distance from each other …..
      such as “i turned off here….”
      or “i am going to keep going on and not stopping up ahead as planned….”
      or just to leave notes on the road….
      for some other bicyclist like me…

  3. The Velo Hobo
    January 24, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    White chalk. Great idea. My wife and I have some arm gestures/hand signals we use to communicate…but that requires being in line-of-sight. I think I’ll pack a peice of chalk the next time we head out. Thanks for the tip, Jack

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