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Old 06-16-05, 06:04 PM   #1
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Where do you put bikes when camping?

My tent isn't large enough for anything more than a couple people and gear. What do you guys do with your bikes at night to keep them dry/safe?
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Old 06-16-05, 06:22 PM   #2
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My tent isn't large enough for anything more than a couple people and gear. What do you guys do with your bikes at night to keep them dry/safe?
You could carry a bike cover, but I think that's unneccessary. just leave it out in the rain and cover the stuff that matter -- your clothes, panniers, food, etc. After all, you'll be riding in rain, on wet roads, etc. and the road dishes out much worse than a downpour form above. just bring a sammy to dry off your seat in the am an think of it as a free bike wash.
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Old 06-16-05, 07:17 PM   #3
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You might want to put a plastic ziplock bag or shower cap over your seat...especially if it is leather. As far as keeping any one from stealing your bike, just try to cable lock it to a tree or pictnic table next to your tent. I don't think there is a high risk of it getting stolen, but it's certainly possible.
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Old 06-16-05, 07:56 PM   #4
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Appropriate safety depends on where you are. When I was cycling through Patagonia, three of us shared a single long braided cable and a padlock.

Dry? It's not something we ever worried about with aluminium bikes. Are you riding a steel one?
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I either put it in my tent, or I use a black bike cover. It not only protects it from the weather, but it also protects it from jealous eyes.
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My tent isn't large enough for anything more than a couple people and gear. What do you guys do with your bikes at night to keep them dry/safe?
On our tour around Australia we used to pack everything up into the panniers on the trikes and in the Bob trailers, cover them with a tarp (especially the reflective tapes on the panniers, and then park them outside the tent where a simple lift of the head would allow me to see them. Mind you, most of the time we were camped in the bush on the side of the road and nobody knew we were there anyway but we followed the same routine no matter where we were and only locked them together a few times early on in the piece.
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Old 06-17-05, 06:34 AM   #7
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Andrewh, that looks like a blast!

I do the same. I park my bike outside the door. I'm a light sleeper anyway. I also try to camp where no one would see me anyway. Yes, I cover my bike (especially the reflective tape) in case of rain. I've never had any trouble.

However, thinking about it, I do take my cable lock. I remember camping in a real campground once (I desperatley needed a shower!) and I did lock my bike. There were a buch of party animals up the hill. After that, I liked the idea of finding my own camping space back in the trees. Been doing that ever since.
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Andrewh, that looks like a blast!

Sure was!

I do the same. I park my bike outside the door. I'm a light sleeper anyway. I also try to camp where no one would see me anyway. Yes, I cover my bike (especially the reflective tape) in case of rain. I've never had any trouble.

However, thinking about it, I do take my cable lock. I remember camping in a real campground once (I desperatley needed a shower!) and I did lock my bike. There were a buch of party animals up the hill. After that, I liked the idea of finding my own camping space back in the trees. Been doing that ever since.

Having your own spot in peace without the madding crowds sure has a lot going for it. I like your idea of being out back of the trees.
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Old 06-17-05, 12:17 PM   #9
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Glad to hear your advice. Good point about weather, Super Socks. I guess I was hoping to let it dry a bit at night, but it's just water, and the bike is aluminum anyway. I'm kind of a deep sleeper, so I was thinking of somehow tying that cover to my tent so if someone messes with it, it'll yank the tent and maybe wake me up.

I'm just overly paranoid.
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Just don't ever secure your bike with a long rope secured to your tent..... like the guy did while touring in Mongolia....
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Old 06-17-05, 05:42 PM   #11
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Just don't ever secure your bike with a long rope secured to your tent..... like the guy did while touring in Mongolia....
Yes, make sure it's a short rope... about three feet long.

I usually only worry about securing my bike when in a paid-for campsite. Ironic, isn't it? You pay to be less secure. Another reason for free-camping (discreetly, of course). Irrespective of whether you have a leather seat or a plastic one, cover it with something like a showercap (that then can double as a helmet cover if the rain persists). The the foam under the plastic seats tends to become a squeegee until you've ridden for a while and have either compressed it out of sopped it out with your shorts.

Be cautious under trees. Sap can be a bear to get off, along with bird droppings. Your tent should have enough room in vestibules to take panniers and other stuff you want to keep dry.

Having said all that, I have acquired some lightweight waterproof fabric that I may fashion into a bike cover before my next adventure.
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I think this is a pretty cool idea:

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My tent isn't large enough for anything more than a couple people and gear. What do you guys do with your bikes at night to keep them dry/safe?
Right outside the tent, locked to a tree or picnic table, with a plastic bag over the saddle.
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Old 06-18-05, 05:47 PM   #14
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In California during camp/bike tour season, we have little weather. Has not occured to me to protect it from the weather. But i place my campsite always close to picnic tables so I can lock it to something and also be close enough to hear any noise about my stuff.
So far the racoons have not been interested in my bike as long as I take the power bars out of the back pack. I would put the bike within the tent and sleep with it, if I had greater than a two person tent.
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Just don't ever secure your bike with a long rope secured to your tent..... like the guy did while touring in Mongolia....
found the story....
http://www.2wheels.org.uk/ride/diary...gust&year=2004
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Another reason to be sure to lock your bicycle at night when camping ...

http://ca.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/mac...c3.jpg&.src=ph
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Don't be mislead by presumptions. This is just a bear adjusting his saddle height.

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Another reason to be sure to lock your bicycle at night when camping ...

http://ca.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/mac...c3.jpg&.src=ph
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Just to clarify what happened when my bike was stolen by a Mongolian horseman...

I simply locked my bike's front wheel to my tent, with a short wire lock, as I usually do - enough to deter a casual/half-hearted theft - but not enough to stop a determined effort by a horse...

EG
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Just to clarify what happened when my bike was stolen by a Mongolian horseman...

I simply locked my bike's front wheel to my tent, with a short wire lock, as I usually do - enough to deter a casual/half-hearted theft - but not enough to stop a determined effort by a horse...

EG
A really very funny essay in that link, despite the horrors of the incident. I'm glad to see that you have a sense of humor about it. At least one thing good has come of your misfortune: You've found a new customer for your upcoming book.
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Just to clarify what happened when my bike was stolen by a Mongolian horseman...

I simply locked my bike's front wheel to my tent, with a short wire lock, as I usually do - enough to deter a casual/half-hearted theft - but not enough to stop a determined effort by a horse...

EG
Good to hear the story from the horse's mouth!
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At least one thing good has come of your misfortune: You've found a new customer for your upcoming book.
ditto here!
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Wow. What a rediculous story. That damn ghengis khan!
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