Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Machias, WA
Bikes: Rodriguez Toucan tandem, Rodriguez Rainer Lite sport/touring
We carry two 5' lightweight cables and a small padlock. I loop one cable through the front wheel and frame, the other through the rear wheel and frame, and lock the ends around anything convenient.
I assume two theft scenarios: One is the theft-of-opportunity where someone just jumps on and rides off with it and the other in which someone throws the bike into the back of a pick-up truck and drives off with it. (I admit that I made the second one up and have never heard of it actually happening, but it's one reason that it makes me feel better to lock the bike to something heavy or immobile.) Actually, I worry more about the accessories - lights, bags, computers, etc. - being stolen off of the bike rather than the whole tandem being taken.