Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Barossa Valley, South Aust.
Bikes: Walmart supermarket bike in China, and a Schwinn Frontier GS 1999 in Australia
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I put my camera down in a public place Japan because my hands were full, then walked-off absentmidedly, leaving it there unattended. Half an hour later when I franticly scrambled back to the locale, it was still there where I'd left it! +1 - incredibly safe.
I read an article the other day regarding bike locks. The author was arguing that since any lock/chain can be easily picked, cut, broken etc. by a determined thief, it's better to just take something lightweight and small for the bike to stop someone riding away on it (rather than adding weight by bringing heavy locks which also be broken easily).
Take your camera, phone, and other valuables with you (perhaps use a small front bar bag for this). The rest of your stuff leave with your bike. If someone wants your old T-shirt or pair of smelly socks, they're welcome to them!