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Bivy is short for bivouac, a temporary campsite.

Example usage: 'We decided to bivy for the night and continue in the morning.'

Most used in: Bikepacking trips in remote areas.

Most used by: Adventure cyclists who travel off the beaten path.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Bivouac, Bivi, Bikepacking, Bikecamping,

What is Bivy?

Bivy, or bivouac, is a term used by cyclists to describe an overnight stay in the outdoors, usually a camping experience. It is a combination of the words “bivouac” and “bivouacking”, and is used to describe a short-term, overnight stay in a natural environment. Bivies are often used by cyclists who are travelling long distances and need a place to rest.

Bivies provide cyclists with a comfortable, safe place to rest and get some sleep. It can be set up in a variety of places, including parks, forests, deserts, and even on the side of a mountain. Some cyclists prefer to bring a tent or other shelter along with them, while others prefer to just sleep under the stars.

The popularity of bivying has increased over the years, with more and more cyclists taking advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. According to a survey conducted by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, over 60% of cyclists have bivied at least once in their lifetime.

Bivying is a great way for cyclists to explore the outdoors and experience nature in a unique way. It can be a great way to connect with nature and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether you're travelling long distance or just looking to get away for a night, bivying can be a great way to relax and explore the outdoors.


The Cycling Term 'Bivy': Its Origins

The term 'bivy' (or 'bivvy') originated in the United Kingdom in the late 19th century. It is derived from the shorter form of the term 'bivouac', which is itself derived from the French term 'bivac' meaning a place of temporary shelter.

The term was first used in relation to cycling in the early 20th century when it was used to refer to a cyclist's overnight accommodation. It was also used to describe a type of camping, where the cyclist would set up a small shelter or tent to sleep in for the night.

Today, the term 'bivy' is still used by cyclists to refer to overnight accommodation, usually a lightweight shelter, sleeping bag or tent. It is also used to refer to a type of camping where the cyclist is self-sufficient and carries all their own gear.

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