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Old 06-17-17, 05:37 PM
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Bike Security on a trip.

Hello all,

Going on an unsupported , 4 day trip in September. Will be staying a public campgrounds. Campgrounds will have a table at the sites. I plan to use my coated cable and lock, to secure the bike at night. Will store front wheel in tent at night.

Any tips, greatly appreciated. Thanks. KB
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Originally Posted by kcblair View Post
Hello all,

Going on an unsupported , 4 day trip in September. Will be staying a public campgrounds. Campgrounds will have a table at the sites. I plan to use my coated cable and lock, to secure the bike at night. Will store front wheel in tent at night.

Any tips, greatly appreciated. Thanks. KB

Seems to me you have it covered.

If you really want to go crazy add a dark cord between the bike and something in the tent. But a cable lock is really all you should need. Doubtful any pros are going to be coming in the middle of the night to steal your bike from a campground. Easier pickens in town.
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You are being more careful than I usually am at night. If I have a choice, I lock bike to a tree instead of a table.

I use a handlebar bag on my bike that has a quick release clamp on it. I keep all my valuables in it. When I go in a grocery store or restaurant, the handlebar bag comes inside with me.
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Originally Posted by Tourist in MSN View Post
You are being more careful than I usually am at night. If I have a choice, I lock bike to a tree instead of a table.

I use a handlebar bag on my bike that has a quick release clamp on it. I keep all my valuables in it. When I go in a grocery store or restaurant, the handlebar bag comes inside with me.
Thanks, I have just such a handlebar bag, will do the same. KB
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Originally Posted by Tourist in MSN View Post

I use a handlebar bag on my bike that has a quick release clamp on it. I keep all my valuables in it. When I go in a grocery store or restaurant, the handlebar bag comes inside with me.
Same here. Even goes with me into the shower at camp or in a hostel. Also carry it with me everywhere at the hostel. Don't trust lockers at hostels.
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Old 06-17-17, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by kcblair View Post
Thanks, I have just such a handlebar bag, will do the same. KB
I do take the precaution of sleeping with my handlebar bag up near my head and no where near the door in the unlikely event someone will try and reach through the door at night.


Do the same at the hostel. I usually get a private room but if I have to use the dorm, I try to pick a bunk next to a wall. Place the bag near my head between me and the wall.
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Gee, I just park the bike by a building and put myself right beside the bike, pretty much difficult to take the bike without waking me up.
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Originally Posted by bikenh View Post
Gee, I just park the bike by a building and put myself right beside the bike, pretty much difficult to take the bike without waking me up.

OP is staying at a an established campsite. Not sleeping out on the street like a vagrant.
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Yea , tie some parachute cord to the bike , run it across under the tent, to a tent stake on the opposite side.
if you have no other options.. treeless wildernesses ..

I use a Money belt under my clothes for my valuables, on Tours.. use that bar bag for your electronic toys.


I made up a 10 foot cable, to lock my bike up to picnic benches and trees,

Have a shorter armored cable lock to stop roll off attempts , At grocery stops. lock to handrails.







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Old 06-18-17, 11:50 AM
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I have used my cable lock at campgrounds. I also sleep in a hammock and have a big enough tarp that sometimes I just bring the bike under tarp. It's not usually locked, then, but I have it in eyesight (except that my eyes are closed). But sometimes I don't even bother. It just depends on how paranoid I want to be. Stayed at Ohiopyle State Park the other night and just left it unlocked. I just had a hard time imagining someone grabbing my bike and escaping that place with it in the middle of night. I had a hard enough time getting in/out in daylight.

Really I'd say I leave it unlocked at my site more often then not, but if there are any circumstances that activate my paranoia, then the cable lock is really all I need. And since I'm in a hammock, I can generally lock it to the tree I'm in, which means that anyone trying to mess with it will have to right next to my tent.
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Old 06-18-17, 12:37 PM
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A cable lock is all that we use on tours. A throwaway shower cap will keep your saddle dry during the night.





Or you can disguise your bike as a part of a clothesline


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Old 06-18-17, 01:09 PM
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I have a mini-u that I use for commuting. I can only remember using it once on a tour.
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I also only use a cable lock. It's something to stop crimes of opportunity.

This trip I am also using a larger tent fly that partially covers the bike at night. I can see it through the mesh and one would jiggle the tent trying to take it.

For personal security I just take bear spray (because there are bears) but it is also an excellent non lethal deterrent for dogs and humans.
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Thanks folks, great ideas, I'll will use. KB
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Looks like everyone covered all the bases. The only addition, I also tie a cord between the bike and run it into the door of my tent. I do put a lightweight bell on the inside, attached to the cord and close to my head. I'm a light sleeper. So, yes, I've been awaken at night by the thieving raccoon on more than one occasion.
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Another neat/easy option is one those small $10 travel/hotel door jamb alarm/sirens - clip the alarm behind a pannier and stick the switch between a your rim and brake shoe.
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Keep in mind that locking to a tree is illegal in some places.

New York City for sure. Philly and Pittsburgh maybe.


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Keep in mind that locking to a tree is illegal in some places.
College campuses, at least my old one, too. Don't think it should be an issue in a campground, unless your lock is harming the tree.
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A coated cable lock can be clipped in seconds with a small handheld bolt cutter.
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Are they going out to campgrounds where you live?

Police Arrested a few Teenagers doing that, in this area.
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I must be really lucky or have toured in the "right" areas. I have never locked my bike in a campground. Never. Nor at grocery stores - I just roll it in to the front access area and ask if it is ok to leave it there. At restaurants I just leave it near a window...I prefer to be able to see it, but assume a thief thinks I'm watching. Only place I have locked it is at tourist attractions and the like, where the bike may be out of site for hours. I do keep all my (other) valuables in my handlebar bag, and it goes with me everywhere. I have never had a bike or any belongings stolen on a tour.
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I must be really lucky or have toured in the "right" areas. I have never locked my bike in a campground. Never. Nor at grocery stores - I just roll it in to the front access area and ask if it is ok to leave it there. At restaurants I just leave it near a window...I prefer to be able to see it, but assume a thief thinks I'm watching. Only place I have locked it is at tourist attractions and the like, where the bike may be out of site for hours. I do keep all my (other) valuables in my handlebar bag, and it goes with me everywhere. I have never had a bike or any belongings stolen on a tour.
All the bikes I've had stolen were parked near college campuses or train stations. I'm not so concerned about theft at camp sites around here, but I still use a cheap cable lock since it'll at stop things like kids taking my bike for a quick joy ride (this has happened before).

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I used a stout cable lock for many tours until I watched a video about how fast
and easy someone could clip the cable. I now use a proper heavy duty bike 'U'
lock. I also run a dark light cable from the bike to a pannier inside my tent.
Thieves usually are criminals of opportunity though. I had a couple try to sneak
up and steal my bike way out in the wilderness along the Alaska Hwy as it was
parked beside my tent 100 yards from the road. That's one time I wished I had
a bear banger to fire toward them.
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As has been mentioned above, one of the simplest method is to tie one of your tent lines through the bike. Simple cable lock should be with you anyway, for store stops and the like.
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