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Old 08-24-21, 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by debade View Post
Lots of good tips. One I have not seen yet. Ortlieb has a thin metal cord that attaches to the pannier which you can lock to the rack. It would not be hard to cut with the right tool. But it would prevent someone walking by and pulling it off the bike.

i am not sure what a sketchy area is. I do feel that bike thefts happen more where there are a lot of bikers. A bigger market.
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Old 08-24-21, 10:09 AM
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Lots of good advice here.

I used to use the 'politely stupid' strategy when I wanted to bring my bike into a store. When they ask you to take the bike outside, respond as if you don't understand what they want, but that you believe you are complying.

Store attendant: "Could you please leave your bike outside?"
Me: "It's ok. Thanks, though!"
Store attendant: "Sorry, but you can't bring your bike in here!"
Me: "No need to be sorry, friend! It's OK!"

I can usually keep this up long enough that I can get my goods to the cash and be ready to pay, and they assume I am an idiot* and that arguing will serve no purpose.



*probably a good assumption
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Old 08-26-21, 05:09 AM
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Thanks everyone for the advice, I'll keep your tips in mind for sure.

People have commented on the packing volume now so I'm getting a bit concerned. I'm opening another thread now to discuss that further and hopefully gather some advice. If you want to have a closer look at my packing list there and share you input I'd appreciate that!
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Old 08-27-21, 08:40 PM
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Take advantage of the local fire departments. There is someone always there and they would have no problem in having you leave your bike inside while you explore the city. You might even get a free meal, hot shower and a bed. I’ve been a firefighter for 23 years and we’ve had more than a few overnight guests.
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Old 08-28-21, 04:53 AM
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I used to worry about someone stealing some of my stuff, but now my whole rig is so road-worn that most people give it a wide berth, probably afraid something is going to jump out at them. Either that or they assume it must belong to a homeless addict. Wipe all your stuff down with a rag covered in road filth and sweat and you won't have much trouble with anyone wanting to steal anything.
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Old 08-28-21, 08:02 AM
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Take a small cable lock and always lock your bike up when you leave it. Even if you are popping into a shop for 10 secs take the time to lock your bike. Most bike thieves are opportunistic so you'll stop those, but realistically you can't stop a committed thieve so don't worry about them. Also you can't protect all your gear so have a handle bar bag where you keep stuff like your wallet that you cannot afford to lose and take that with you whenever you leave your bike.

You might also look into a gps with an audible alarm
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Old 10-03-21, 09:22 AM
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Pannier security

Ortlieb do a security cable that attaches to your panniers and allows them to be locked to the rack. They retract out of site when not in use. I tried to attach a photo of mine but this is my first post and therefore unable. Sorry.
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Old 10-03-21, 06:13 PM
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In addition to "sketchy" it seems that sometimes "bike friendly" means high theft risk because there is a ready market for used bikes.
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Old 10-03-21, 06:21 PM
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I can maybe count on both hands the number of times I locked my bike while it was out of my sight during my recent tour. Most of those times were in Burlington, VT. SOP for me.
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Old 01-29-22, 11:26 PM
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Theft

My take on this is pretty dated. I toured from 2000 to 2003. I mostly toured solo. If I camped in a town park or state park Id lock the bike to picnic table so I didnít have to think about it while
sleeping.

i had a handle bar bag i kept my wallet phone and travel checks in. This bad detached easy and hd a shoulder strap. I kept this bag with me never left on the bike. I also had a ďfannyĒ pack if didnít t want to cary the H B bag.

most times at cafes or grocery stops Id just lean the bike up against a wall. If the area looked sketchy I didn't stop or locked it.

most times I was alone untill I got to the west coast. I met some other cyclists out touring and developed friendships. We didnt ride together all day every day but usually met up some
place to camp and resupply we watched each otherís stuff like I said this was all 20 years ago things are perhaps different now. Go with your gut feeling happy miles to you
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Old 01-30-22, 07:58 AM
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Well Mr or Mrs cheese, lots of solid recommendations here from a lot of experienced bike travelers.
The only thing I'd add is that a reasonable coil lock is very handy because you can easily lock your bike to itself, through handle loops of your panniers, to a tree, to a picnic bench, whatever.
I always lock my bike in a campground and bring my bags in tent, both take seconds and your stuff is with you. It's a no brainer.

be observant and learn to assess.
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Old 01-30-22, 07:09 PM
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Originally Posted by CrepitusCritch View Post
Ortlieb do a security cable that attaches to your panniers and allows them to be locked to the rack. They retract out of site when not in use. I tried to attach a photo of mine but this is my first post and therefore unable. Sorry.
I made some light cable security cables for my Ortlieb Roller front and rear bags. The cable is only 3/32", but it will stop an opportunistic thief. My wife's Packer Plus panniers were outfitted with the security cables from Ortlieb. They did not make any for the Roller series of bags.


We left our bikes cabled to this wooden fence in a Swiss campground for an entire day while we took a train, actually 2 trains, to see a mountain I'd dreamed of climbing since I was a kid. A hard kick would have knocked the rails off the fence posts. It was safer than leaving the bikes at the train station; and it was only a 2-mile walk from the CG to town. We left before dawn, and returned well after dark. I think situational awareness is important, but it could lead to a bad call.


The North Face of the Eiger- it was just nice to see it

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