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Locking the bike at the beach...

Old 05-19-15, 04:22 PM
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Locking the bike at the beach...

I relocated south to a beach town and parted out my Ti 29er because I prefer a drop bar for asphalt cruising/50 mile rides to distant beaches with my girlfriend and so just bought the bike below...in transit. Plan is to mount a Topeak rear rack and their clever quick disconnect rear bag with integrated panniers which are tucked into side covers until needed. Inside will be plenty of room for towels and beach stuff, food and extra water.

Dilemma still remains, what to do with the bike at the beach? I am heading in the right direction. No way I am locking my Roubaix SL3 Pro with Campy to a bike rack and leaving it. Plus no eyelets unlike the Secteur for mounting a rack and transporting beach stuff. Not saying the Secteur...this is the Elite 10s model 2014 with Tiagra...will be a sacrificial bike...but if it got stolen, I wouldn't be out $5K to replace my Roubaix which I love. Plus, if this bike gets scratched and it will eventually for its intended use, I will not be plussed unlike my Roubaix. Again, that is the point of the bike. Btw for those interested, the Secteur Elite is one of the great values in cycling...great ride quality, stiff and only a hint slower than my Roubaix which would make almost no difference to a good rider. I am going to ride this bike with platform pedals and 28mm tires when the 25mm tires wear out.

So for those that routinely ride to the beach...do you lock your bike in the bike rack at the beach?...or do you just take it onto the beach with you and lay it down where you are at?

With a large bag with quick disconnect to rear rack..no bungie, no problem using a big U lock on the bike and tether strap to the front wheel...and theft proof the front wheel as well by removing the skewer and going with a tamper proof bolt axle. This maybe the best I am going to do and what happens, happens. Again this is the point of this bike. If it gets lifted, not the end of the world...or if it gets scratched when locking it to a bike rack with other knock around bikes.

Thanks for sharing your experiences or suggestions....



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Old 05-19-15, 05:20 PM
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Hmm, guess it depends on how safe the beaches are where you live? That still "looks" like a nice, new, expensive bike that would probably get a lot of attention. I would imagine locking at beaches around LA where I live it wouldn't last long
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Old 05-19-15, 05:21 PM
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I just carry a cable lock and secure it to whatever's convenient - rack, pole, fence, etc. Most beach goers aren't concerned with bikes or doing damage to anything.
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I just carry a cable lock and secure it to whatever's convenient - rack, pole, fence, etc. Most beach goers aren't concerned with bikes or doing damage to anything.
You clearly haven't been to Venice Beach
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Very simple locking-up to whatever picnic table I claim would be all I need here - or a nearby tree - but our beaches are VERY safe compared to what some of you deal with. And very uncrowded. And I have a wide variety of shore experiences to choose from.

Can live without tides. And Salt.

Would not mind a bit more warm though ... and a longer beach season.

Don't mind the empty and uncrowded bit at all.

It seems you have thought out your situation well enough. Would it be worth it to you to wrap the frame to obscure the worth and protect from damage?
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Old 05-19-15, 06:51 PM
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Slap some removable "Huffy" stickers on it. No need to lock it up at all.
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Originally Posted by auldgeunquers View Post
Very simple locking-up to whatever picnic table I claim would be all I need here - or a nearby tree - but our beaches are VERY safe compared to what some of you deal with. And very uncrowded. And I have a wide variety of shore experiences to choose from.

Can live without tides. And Salt.

Would not mind a bit more warm though ... and a longer beach season.

Don't mind the empty and uncrowded bit at all.

It seems you have thought out your situation well enough. Would it be worth it to you to wrap the frame to obscure the worth and protect from damage?
Nice tip about wrapping the frame to both obscure worth and protect from clanging with other bikes. Hadn't thought of that. I will say I considered the color. I figured neutral silver in the sunshine would blend in with all the other silver bikes out there and there are a lot of them. So color choice just happened to work out.'

Thanks a lot everybody. Just wanted to pick the brain of the collective here to see what you guys do if you are fans of beach town riding. I think at the end of the day, you do the best you can and the rest is a leap of faith...that leap being made easier with this bike than my carbon group ride bike.

Believe I will pick up a Kryptonite Series 2: The Best Bike Lock | The Sweethome and lock it as discussed to something immovable and call it good enough. Too bad the world is as it is with the vast majority who would never steal anything but we all know people aren't the same. I had a Corvette I customized stolen years ago and never saw it again.

Any other suggestions are appreciated...

PS: For those interested, research on trunk bags led me to this wonderful design with hidden dropout panniers and quick track click mount/dismount:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxUQ-Ep4X8w

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If I'm going for a long ride with my finest wheels, I just keep a little wire in my jersey pocket, and never leave it from my sight. But I also have another bike that I feel fine leaving with a U-lock on it. When you go to the beach, do you bring any sort of bag? I'd say that would be a major factor on what you do.
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Originally Posted by IcySmooth52 View Post
If I'm going for a long ride with my finest wheels, I just keep a little wire in my jersey pocket, and never leave it from my sight. But I also have another bike that I feel fine leaving with a U-lock on it. When you go to the beach, do you bring any sort of bag? I'd say that would be a major factor on what you do.
I don't know what you mean about little wire in your jersey pocket. What is that for?
Same with me with my carbon bike. Out of sight = gone. The Secteur is going to be my U-lock bike.
As to bag...I added the link previously for the rear pannier bag...click/slide mount...sweet.
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Originally Posted by Campag4life View Post
I don't know what you mean about little wire in your jersey pocket. What is that for?
Same with me with my carbon bike. Out of sight = gone. The Secteur is going to be my U-lock bike.
As to bag...I added the link previously for the rear pannier bag...click/slide mount...sweet.
I mean this, and it's only for a cafe in a nice area where I can sit outside next to my bike while enjoying my caffeine consumption. Some places let me take my bike in with me though.
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I had a Corvette I customized stolen years ago and never saw it again.
Funny you mention that. I also had a Corvette stolen. Mine was my daily driver and stolen from the DC Metro parking garage. Metro Police called 3.5 years later and Dade County police in FL recovered it. Apparently a chop shop owner got it and decided to keep it for his personal car. He got stopped for a traffic violation and the plates didn't match the car.
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I mean this, and it's only for a cafe in a nice area where I can sit outside next to my bike while enjoying my caffeine consumption. Some places let me take my bike in with me though.
+1, but I'd use that ONLY where I can stay close to my bike... it's just to prevent someone from jumping on the bike and flying away, as it can be cut in 2 seconds at most.
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Funny you mention that. I also had a Corvette stolen. Mine was my daily driver and stolen from the DC Metro parking garage. Metro Police called 3.5 years later and Dade County police in FL recovered it. Apparently a chop shop owner got it and decided to keep it for his personal car. He got stopped for a traffic violation and the plates didn't match the car.
Wow. Recovered. Very rare to not have it chopped as you know Stan.

A quick story. Rewind the clock to a more gentile time...1980. Channel Madmen...my new most favorite TV show because it was the era I grew up. My dad worked for Chevy engineering and I grew up in a suburb of Detroit and cars were my passion with an occasional motorcycle and british Triumph's were my taste there. Back then management at Chevrolet could ballon a car and drive it for a year and then turn a profit. A good friend of mine had a '77 Vette which as you know was a less desirable year wanted the new body style for 1980. So my Dad ordered the car how he wanted it...loaded with L82 motor, oxblood interior and a very light cream exterior. The car was awesome. I did a lot of work on the motor to wake it up even more...it had the gymkhana suspension...optional alloy wheels...I put a Blaupunkt in it. Car hardly saw rain. I was living in an apt working as an engineer. My friend at the time decided to move to California to get married and asked my Dad if it was OK to not take the car, and my Dad said sure. So he was driving it sparingly and I would take it out. I was restoring a Porsche at the time as my taste was more for foreign cars. But the more I drove it the more I liked it and so I bought it from him and only owned it for a few months before it was stolen from my apartment while I was sleeping. Another thing that changed my life and why I tell the story is because my very good friend who moved to California who was a brilliant and wonderful young man with a MBA and his whole life in front of him died of a rare disease. I flew out to California and saw him just before he died. That changed my life as we were both in our late 20's and taught me to live each day.
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Another thing that changed my life and why I tell the story is because my very good friend who moved to California who was a brilliant and wonderful young man with a MBA and his whole life in front of him died of a rare disease. I flew out to California and saw him just before he died. That changed my life as we were both in our late 20's and taught me to live each day.
Yep, it's stories like this that reminds me there's more to life than bicycles, cars, motorcycles and other material things.
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