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Old 05-17-10, 08:23 PM   #1
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Camground Bicycling

so i just read a post where someone says to go camping him and his wife have cheapo huffy's.

and now i am curious, what does everybody do when they want to bring their bike camping and they have a valuable bike. in my case the bike is worth about $800 with the add-ons i gave it. but it's the only bike i have. and we are considering some camping trips this summer. stuff around pennsylvania, delaware water gap, upstate NY, etc...
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Old 05-17-10, 08:28 PM   #2
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Most people just bring a chain and lock to secure their bikes when they're not riding. RAGBRAI, in Iowa attracts around 10,000 camper/riders every summer. Some of them have some pretty high dollar rigs.
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$800 is an entry level bike. Take a lock with you.
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$800 is an entry level bike. Take a lock with you.
Says who?
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i know 800 is not a high end bike, but it is valuable enough to me, and is good enough for a bike thief to want.
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Says who?
The Bicycle manufacturing industry? It isnt a huffy for sure, but its not the top of the line. They were a little abrasive but not incorrect. I think the OP took it the right way.

My advice: Get a couple nice ($$) long cable locks and secure them to a nearby tree or camp grill, do a good job of locking up and you wont have to worry, I do wonder what the theft rates in campgrounds would be like, I can see factors going both ways.
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Lock them up. We have a variety of bikes that we take camping. Which bike depends on where we are going and which camper. Quite often we take our Raleigh Twentys which usually get locked up in the back of the truck at night, locked to the trailer tongue during the day. Same general principle if we take MTB's, tour bikes or the tandem. I have never had anything stolen in a campground in over 40 years of camping, but I try to keep things put away and out of sight.

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An $800 bike at most campgrounds is going to be one of the nicer bikes there.

When we camp we lock the bikes to a tree or something else if we'll be away from the site for more than a few minutes. I'd say it totally depends on your campground though. When we camp in Vermont, or in smaller DEC campgrounds in the Adirondacks, I feel pretty secure just leaving the bikes unlocked. There are places where we leave our kayaks right on the shore, not even near our campsite too. At larger campgrounds closer to urban centers I'd take all security I can afford.
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i have no problems bringing locks, i just wanted to get a feel for people's experiences. so thanks and keep em coming if you got em.

around NYC i use a huge kryptonite chain around my frame and front tire and attach to the bike rack. then i use an evolution 4 series mini-ulock to secure my rear tire to the frame also. i also then just remove my seatpost, since i have a saddle bag with a tool, tube, and a planet bike SF on it and it's just easer than taking off the bag, plus is yet another deterrant. so i have no problems locking up

around the burbs here i use the ulock again from the rear tire to the frame, except with a thick 7' cable lock that goes through the u-lock arms, through the front tire and frame and does the attaching to the bike rack.
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I'd hang the bike high up in a tree in case a bear tries to steal it.
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In 35 years of camping I have only had a water jug stolen. Things in the tent like sleeping bags, stoves have bee there for the taking but have been. I dont think people go looking for the most expensive thing they can find, but if they see something unlocked they may take it on impulse.
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I'd hang the bike high up in a tree in case a bear tries to steal it.
good call. i was more worried about the bear eating my derailleurs. i forgot about those bears that ride bikes in the circus.
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