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Bike-towable Wide Path Camper available for pre-order

Bike-towable Wide Path Camper ...
A Wide Path Camper will set you back from €2,000 (US$2,170) (Photo: Wide Path Camper)
A Wide Path Camper will set you back from €2,000 (US$2,170) (Photo: Wide Path Camper)
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There are lots of optional extras available, including different colors, a solar power package, kitchen, and extra bicycle attachment (Photo: Wide Path Camper)
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There are lots of optional extras available, including different colors, a solar power package, kitchen, and extra bicycle attachment (Photo: Wide Path Camper)
The Wide Path Camper has gained a little weight over the Christmas break and now tips the scales at 45 kg (99 lb) (Photo: Wide Path Camper)
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The Wide Path Camper has gained a little weight over the Christmas break and now tips the scales at 45 kg (99 lb) (Photo: Wide Path Camper)
The Wide Path Camper measures 99 x 130 cm (39 x 51 in) when being towed, and 99 x 260 cm (39 x 102 in) once folded into place for camping (Photo: Wide Path Camper)
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The Wide Path Camper measures 99 x 130 cm (39 x 51 in) when being towed, and 99 x 260 cm (39 x 102 in) once folded into place for camping (Photo: Wide Path Camper)
As is often the case when a prototype moves into production, there have been a few changes to the Wide Path Camper since we last checked in (Photo: Wide Path Camper)
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As is often the case when a prototype moves into production, there have been a few changes to the Wide Path Camper since we last checked in (Photo: Wide Path Camper)
We asked Johansen about whether or not crosswinds would be an issue with the Wide Path Camper and he told us that it has been tested in wind speeds of up to 54 km/h (33 mph) (Photo: Wide Path Camper)
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We asked Johansen about whether or not crosswinds would be an issue with the Wide Path Camper and he told us that it has been tested in wind speeds of up to 54 km/h (33 mph) (Photo: Wide Path Camper)
A Wide Path Camper will set you back from €2,000 (US$2,170) (Photo: Wide Path Camper)
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A Wide Path Camper will set you back from €2,000 (US$2,170) (Photo: Wide Path Camper)
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Back in November we reported on Denmark-based Mads Johansen's effort to manufacture a novel two person caravan that can be towed by bicycle. Johansen reports that he has finished refining his design and the Wide Path Camper is now available for pre-order.

As is often the case when a prototype moves into production, the design of the Wide Path Camper has been tweaked a little since we last checked in. Johansen told us that he has increased headroom when sitting, and that the door's design has been improved. In addition, the manufacturing process has been simplified.

It's gained a little weight over the last few months, too, now coming in at 45 kg (99 lb), and measures 99 x 130 cm (39 x 51 in) when being towed, or 99 x 260 cm (39 x 102 in) when folded into position for camping (this process takes around three minutes). The interior height of the camper is 130 cm (51 in), and includes a table and seats which turn into a bed measuring 97 x 200 cm (38 x 78 in).

There are lots of optional extras available, including different colors, a solar power package, kitchen, and extra bicycle attachment (Photo: Wide Path Camper)
There are lots of optional extras available, including different colors, a solar power package, kitchen, and extra bicycle attachment (Photo: Wide Path Camper)

When quizzed as to whether crosswinds would be an issue with the Wide Path Camper, Johansen told us that it has been tested in wind speeds of up to 54 km/h (33 mph), and that the wheels are placed at an angle to increase track width and stability. That said, we'd guess that anything more than a light breeze (or the slightest incline) would leave less fit cyclists struggling to pull it for long distances.

A total of 50 Wide Path Campers are available for pre-order, starting at €2,000 (US$2,170). There are lots of optional extras available, including different colors, a mini-kitchen, an additional bicycle attachment, and a solar package that includes a roof-based solar panel, battery, interior lighting, and four USB hubs. Delivery is slated for July 1.

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8 comments
Buellrider
Pretty inventive.
Rehab
have to hope no one gets hurt while in use. a flat deck loaded with a tent etc. would seem more useful, perhaps even less costly!
troyjjefferson
That caravan is just awesome. I can't imagine being the person to pedal it, but if someone wants to, more power to them. It looks really cozy though, and I would have no qualms with sleeping in it. It seems like it appeals to a very specific crowd, but that's totally fine if they're sill getting the business.
The Skud
Clever design! I wonder though, with a TWO-person van, there are not a pair of riders on a tandem? If that were a male towing in the pix, he would probably be thinking: "Why did I start dating an opera singer?"
Leonard Foster Jr
Awesome not bad
Germano Pecoraro
It has a weight overdone. How do they sleep two people in 130 cm? Was not it better to think of a tent or a box removable transportable in one or two bikes? And then the bicycle trailers can circulate only on bike paths or on ex disused railway lines. Sometimes you confuse the human-powered bicycles with mechanical drive (scooter)
David Stephenson
Is there a couples version
YuraG
With all due respect for the concept in particular and the Danes' proves in cycling in general, Rehab and Germano Pecoraro are right. "it has been tested in wind speeds of up to 54 km/h (33 mph)" is a reckless joke.