Touring - Bike security and bike locks
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Hi Folks: Have a question about what you do for bike security and what you do for locks. As a (mostly) roadie I never take a hunk of metal chain or a lock with me and --of course--never let the bike out of my sight at coffee shops or country stores....but now that I am branching out into some light touring my guess is that security won't be quite that simple. There are campgrounds and stores you need to visit and leave the bike behind. Chains and U-locks strike me as heavy and maybe nonsensical? What are you doing and maybe I missed a thread?
Yep, you just missed the thread. Here ya go...
08-23-10, 08:02 PM
This is an oft-discussed topic. Approaches vary all over the map. It depends on where you tour, what your risk tolerance is, what your weight tolerance is, where you park your bike, how long you leave it unattended, etc. There is no right or wrong answer, and there seems to be no consensus. In rural America, almost any approach will work. In Times Square overnight, almost no approach will work.
This is so common a question that I wrote an article about it here (http://www.biketouringtips.com/showTipComments.php?tipID=1533). Essentially, if you aren't riding through urban areas, take a lightweight cable lock and try to keep the bike in sight as much as possible.
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