The bug bear with these type of tents given the daily erection, (no not morning duvet tent !) is the fiddly threading of poles through the sleeves of the inner tent fabric. This is an irritating delay to having a cool beer after the days ride and getting in the camp site pool. Bar and pool are criteria priority one and two when it comes to selecting a camp site. Equally irritating when packing away, eager to leave the following day. So this year I've had a brain wave. Inflatable tent.
A search on the Internet and I found two alternatives. One was discounted because, although it looked to be good quality and made in Europe, was expensive and made from canvas which would make it too heavy. The other which had a Chinese origin (AT03 - 1a), via EBay, was reasonably priced and although 8kg was conventional fire lighter material and so purchased. Apart from taking it out of it's delivered packaging the tent has been languishing in the corner of my room for 3 months. Last weekend I decided to check it out. The first thing I noticed in the bag was a massive yellow stirrup pump. That had to go, it takes up too much space and manual labour must be limited to beer drinking. I did use it however to put the tent up. The tent looked impressive in the middle of the lounge. Off to local camping shop to buy a 12v electric pump and also, an air bed repair kit, just in case my fellow biking buddies get jealous and take revenge. Mean while my wife had returned home to find that her lounge was now either a travelers camp or impromptu music festival.
I have also ditched the standard pegs that always appear to be made of malleable wire that bend the first time they are used in the hard ground of sunnier climes. My pegs look similar to six inch nails and work well with my plastic mallet. I usually only use six pegs anyway.
Oh well so much for the theory, the real test will, literally, be in the field.