If, like my wife and I, whenever you go on extended cycle camping trips, the two things you miss most are a decent pillow and a chair to sit on. We solved the pillow problem last year by buying a Thermarest compressible pillow. This year, just before we were going on a 3-week cycle camping trip to Brittany, France, we came across the answer to the chair problem on the TravellingTwo website (http://travellingtwo.com/). They had just placed an order for two Helinox lightweight camping chairs. Although not cheap, these seemed ideal. We immediately looked online to find a UK outlet (http://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/helinox_chair_one.html) and placed our order.
These chairs are fantastic and we’re so pleased with them. Time will tell to see how they stand up to the rigours of cycle camping but they appear to be very well made. When packed, the chairs are approx. 35 cm long by 13 cm deep by 11 cm high, so they fit snugly into the bottom of our panniers. The chair weighs (on our home scales) 873 g and the bag weighs 83 g. One thing that occurred to us before we went away was how to solve the problem of that sinking feeling, when the chair legs slowly subside into soft ground! I had a flash of inspiration and we spent the next few weeks saving the caps off 2-litre plastic milk containers. By placing one of these under each chair leg, the problem was solved!
We found the chairs to be very comfortable and supportive and they were just the right height to be able to sit in and do the cooking or, at the end of a day’s hard cycling, sitting back in the warm evening sunshine sipping a glass of red wine! Heaven!!
Some people may baulk at carrying the extra weight, but when you get to a ‘certain age’ a little bit of comfort is well worth those few extra grammes!