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Charity Rides and Bike Locks(9 posts)

Charity Rides and Bike LocksMikeC
Aug 23, 2001 5:25 AM
What does everyone do about bike locks when you're on a big group ride? My normal training rides obviously don't include hauling a big 2lb Kryptonite, but when you're with a couple hundred (or couple thousand) others, with rest stops and start/finish ceremonies, it's sometimes hard to avoid separation from your bike, and the potential of theft becomes a little more worrisome.
re: Charity Rides and Bike LocksJL
Aug 23, 2001 5:42 AM
I wouldn't worry too much. While I'm sure the potential is there, you are usually there with other cyclists. I've yet to see someone lock their bike at an organized event, except onto their car bike rack. At the rest stops, everyone but the support crews are usually on a bike anyway. Keep your bike locked in/on your car at the start/finish, if you're worried about it there. Or, if you ride to the event, keep it near you for the ceremonies.

Have fun and happy riding.

re: Charity Rides and Bike LocksSpinchick
Aug 23, 2001 5:48 AM
I've ridden in many charity rides over the years and have never locked my bike at the rest stops. Usually you have to a bib # to get in so there won't be anyone there but riders and volunteers. Everyone's way too busy cramming bagels and bananas into their mouths to steal someone else's bike.
Bikes have been ripped off.MB1
Aug 23, 2001 6:05 AM
Sad but true. Ride organizers obviously don't like to publicize this problem but they are NOT going to replace your stolen bike. All you really have to do is bring the smallest lock/cable combination you can find.

Lock your frame to something solid. If it takes more than a couple of seconds to steal your bike a thief will just take one of the unlocked bikes. So you don't need a lot of protection just more than everyone else.
keep it in sightDog
Aug 23, 2001 6:18 AM
I usually keep it in sight. I've never worried about it. If I have to go to the porto pottie, I leave it right outside the door.

Some events have people "park" your bike for you hanging up on some rack. I usually don't do that, unless it's right by the food.

Might try making your bike really distinctive. That might discourage theft and make it easier to spot if it is stolen.

If you are worried about leaving it unattended, I'd take one of those very small combination cable locks. They'll fit in a seatbag, and at least be some deterent to an opportunistic thief. The hardcore thieves will take anything they want.

It does happen. . .JS5280
Aug 23, 2001 7:48 AM
This past Saturday at the Moonlight Classic in Denver (5000+ riders), they announced someone walked off w/ someone else's Trek 2200, so it does happen. Those retractable cable locks work great and are very small and light. You can find them at many ski shops because people use them for their skis and boards frequently. It won't stop a determined thief (a swift kick would bust one easily) but at a busy event, the thief would surely choose an easier target.

BTW, if you haven't done a midnight bike ride, go do one! It's a lot of fun out on the streets in the middle of the night. The energy of the crowd helps keep you going even though it's 2:30am. Zip tie some glow sticks on the spokes and have fun!
re: Charity Rides and Bike LocksDaveG
Aug 23, 2001 8:56 AM
I've never locked my bike at a rest stop as I think the risk is fairly low. However, I have a bike worth less than $1500 so I figure there's always a good selection of Litespeeds and C-40's to steal first! If you are really concerned try to ride with a group where you can take turns designating someone to be the security guard while you are away
I almost always carry a lightweight cable lock ...Humma Hah
Aug 23, 2001 12:18 PM
... with a small padlock. Obviously, this combination will not stop a set of bolt-cutters for even a second, but will at least slow down a ride-off theif, and anyone seeing them tampering with the lock will know they're up to no good.

I consider such a lock suitable for ducking into a bathroom or convenience store for a couple of minutes. It weighs just a few ounces. You could carry it around the seat post, although I hang it off a strap on my backpack.
I've done several centuriesnova
Aug 23, 2001 1:33 PM
and my bike was out of my control and out of my sight on many occasions. I always felt comfortable leaving it behind, mainly because there were just so many (hundreds) of other bikes in the same state of unattendedness. (if that is even a word)

I suppose it doesn't hurt that my bike is an Airborne Zeppelin, either! =:-O