Figuring out where to put the tent can be the hardest part of packing for bikepacking. If your bikepacking bags are small and your tent is bulky or poles are too long, where does it go? Here are several options to try.

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Handlebar Harness

Handlebars are a great place to carry a tent, and you have many options. I like to strap a tent in front of the dry bag carrying my sleeping quilt. This even works with drop bars if the tent can sit in front of the drops, or you can choose a bikepacking-specific tent with short 12" poles.

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Seat Bag

Larger seat bags may have room for part of all of your tent inside or outside. One common trick is to pack the poles on the bottom inside the seat bag to give it some stiffness. Some bags can accommodate poles or the entire tent above or below.

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Frame Triangle

Tall people can often fit tent poles in their frame triangle, either along the down tube inside a frame bag or strapped to the top tube in a protective bag. The rest of the tent, sans poles, can then be stuffed into any other bag regardless of shape.

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