I'm in Hawaii on Oahu, and am planning a trip to the big island for my first touring experience.
I'll be doing about 2 weeks, hopefully with one or two others.
My bike currently has a trunk bag, frame bag, and Arkel T-42 rear pannier bags.
By the time I head off for my tour, I'll also have a set of T-18 front pannier bags and a handlebar bag.
So, my question relates to coordinating the food/shopping/restaurants/etc. and thieves.
What do you do to keep your bike and/or (more importantly) bags stolen?
I know I can use a cable lock and u-lock combo to get both tires locked to the frame and to something immobile, but I'm more worried about someone going through the bags or taking the bags.
Do you take off 6 bags to carry them into a store for shopping or a restaurant for eating?
Do you have more than one person and take turns watching the bike and eating/shopping?
Do thieves naturally shy away from a loaded touring bike?
Has anyone had any experiences with this?
I'm totally paranoid about leaving it anywhere.