Indy beat me to it. Louis, if you haven't camped much you'll found out that critters move around and explore campsites for food, so there's a good chance these things will go off often. A good nights sleep is ultra important to how much energy you have the next day. I guess you'll have to see what happens yourself but I wouldn't be a happy camp neighbour if your alarms go off numerous times due to racoon's..
Please at least try to minimize the noise you make in camp. Train your dog to wake you if it hears something and then to shut up or at least bark very quietly once you are up. Better yet leave it at home. Having a dog yapping all night in camp is very rude as is having alarms going off every time a critter wanders through. Please be courteous and quiet in camp.
"I haven't known peace and quiet for so long I can't remember what it's like"--Bob Dylan
There are so many other things you can do to prevent this highly unlikely crime. 1) get a tent with a "bike shed", 2) pop your front wheel off and store it in your tent vestibule, 3) clip a piece of fishing line to your bike and tent pole so that you are awakened if your bike is disturbed 4), use a chain for a lock, 5) use a lo-jack type device that will alert YOU on your smart phone if your bike is moved.
The bike alarm isn't a bad idea for daytime use in urban areas, going into stores, etc.
Last edited by mm718; 03-31-14 at 11:38 AM.
I take a small cable lock and always lock my bike up. But the most important rule is to always take the things you simply cannot afford to get stolen with you! So put your wallet, keys, documents, phone etc in a handlebar bag and take that with you everywhere. I also keep my wash kit in my handlebar bag so it goes with me to the showers. If my bike or gear gets stolen I'll always have a phone, money and credit cards.
Touring isn't for the fearfully !
It's probably best for all concerned if the OP just stays home.