Folding bike and folding kayak

Today I have received a new toy – a beautiful folding kayak.

The boat is made by Oru Kayak, and it is a light weight (12 kg) kayak, folded in origami stlye, surprisingly stable and easy to store and carry.

The bike is a Tern S11i, a bike that does not fold as small as my Brompton, but it rides much faster and at the moment it is my preferred every day bike.

Here is my first trip at Lake Constance:

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Carrying my folding kayak on my folding bike.

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Unpacking.

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Unfolding.

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Unclear… (only for a second).

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Ready!

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Go!

As soon as I have got more experience with the kayak, I will write a real review. Stay tuned!

  • How did the backpack work for you? How far where you riding with it? For how long do you think it would be comfortable, carrying the Kayak like that?

    • Peter Eich

      Hi Martin,
      thanks again for inspiring me to buy the Oru Kayak. I am already convinced it was a good choice.
      The backpack is surprisingly comfortable. Just keep in mind that when cycling with the huge backpack on you will not be able to look back and watch the traffic behind you without really twisting your upper body.
      I cycled 4 km each way. I think more than 10km would be a pain, although the hip belt helps getting the weight off the shoulders.
      For a longer bike trip I would rather get a trailer – or any other solution than the backpack.

  • Jenny Lorge

    I’m very interested in the Oru kayak. I look forward to your performance review.

    • Peter Eich

      So am I, Jenny ;)

  • Debra Weisenstein

    How about a way to carry the folding bike on the folding kayak, so you can do point-to-point paddles?

  • Steven

    I have an idea for a long-distance adventure involving a folding boat and a Brompton and found your page while googling. You’ve shown that the bike can transport the boat, but would it be possible for the Oru to transport the Brompton + gear?

    • I have never tried to fix my Brompton onto the kayak.

    • Piet

      I transport my feawhercraft K1-light kayak and brompton bicycle. The kayak goes on the brompton, and then the brompton goes on the kayak. Ultimate mobility. In addition I can cary (on brompton or feawhercraft) a kermit folding chair, and hennessy hammock to relax. And my iPhone of course, to read.

      • J Grissett

        How do you keep the Brompton stable on the kayak? I have been planning to do something like this, but have been waiting for the right kayak.

        • Piet

          It’s not really a problem. The feathercraft has bungee cords (I think that is their name) that hold the brompton in place. The brompton itself is in the backpack of the kayak to protect it from any spray etc. The package is strapped on the back of the kayak on top of where I have a covered opening. This makes for a pretty stable platform. Of course getting into the kayak with the brompton strapped on requires a little extra care compared to normal. But completely manageable.

          • J Grissett

            Hmm, interesting. You know Feathercraft has gone out of business now? Not sure if I will be able to get one their kayaks, but will keep looking online. I see from Peter’s blog here that the Oru uses its own pack as part of the cockpit, so that might not work. Also, I don’t know how much weight the Oru deck can take.

            And how does it manage on the water? Is this something you do over long distances? Or just short commutes?

          • Piet

            Yes, I heard about feather craft. A great pity. I love their K1 light. Manouvarable, light and take–anywhere. You should be able to pick up a second hand fairly readily. If like foldable, manageable things (Brompton, feathercraft etc etc.) to take anywhere. Long distance is not such a problem as long as the kayak is properly balanced — i.e. forward weight to compensate for the extra weight on the back.

          • Piet
  • Mark Troup

    I’ve also been looking into combining bike- and float-touring. I looked at the Oru, but even in it’s folded configuration, it’s a big package. I think that the Alpacka rafts are a much better solution to the problem. They pack away very small and weigh between 6 and nine pounds, depending on your configuration. Not nearly as fast as a kayak, but incredibly stable. There are even whitewater versions. Up in Alaska folks are using them with full-sized mountain bikes and fatbikes. Crazy possibilities.