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For those who ride organized charity rides??(10 posts)

For those who ride organized charity rides??Mazinger
May 29, 2003 1:04 PM
Quick question for you.

Do you bring some sort of bike lock?

I'll be doing one in the next few weeks and common sense tells me to bring one.
re: For those who ride organized charity rides??jtolleson
May 29, 2003 1:27 PM
I never do. Maybe I believe in the good karma of charity events, but in 10 years (and probably 20 charity rides, including some multi-day events) I've never had a problem.

The only exception would be if you are staying at a hotel and keeping the bike outside your room (of course!)
re: For those who ride organized charity rides??Lone Gunman
May 29, 2003 3:41 PM
Out on the route normally there is not a problem. Little security things you can do to prevent ride offs or slow them down like shift into high gear and tighten your brake cable barrels full closed. This might be a rest stop trick or small town prevention. I usually leave the lock at the car and lock the bike up if I am going to be socializing after the ride, locking the bike to the car and carrier.
Is this an over-nighter, Century, or what??coonass
May 29, 2003 6:05 PM
You need to provide more details as to what type of ride it is....If it's an over-nighter call the Charity Event's spokesperson and ask them if there are the provisions for Bike Security?? If the ride is just a half-day ride, and your bike is important to you, then I'd stay with the bike after the ride and limit myself to enjoy the festivities while walking the bike....The MS150 ride here keeps the bikes locked up in a Tennis Court overnight and the local police sit guard duty all night.....but they don't ask for matching identification in the morning when everyone is leaving with a bike to begin the journey back.....(bring in a $400 ride and leave with a $4000 ride...if you're early enough :))
Is this an over-nighter, Century, or what??Soter
May 29, 2003 7:10 PM
Yep, it really depends on the ride itself.

I did the '02 Northeast AidsRide which was 350 miles through rural New York and Connecticut so we simply left our bikes in the huge area they had set aside for the rider's bikes where they sat overnight. I've haven't heard of any incidents of thefts but I'm sure its possible... if you're uneasy it could never hurt to pick up a bike lock.
re: For those who ride organized charity rides??revdre
May 30, 2003 3:52 AM
I do the AIDS ride every year in DC and have never had a problem. The bikes are corralled into an area and volunteers watch them all night. The entire camp site is fairly secure and I have never heard of anything ever being stolen on one of these rides.
re: For those who ride organized charity rides??Scot_Gore
May 30, 2003 4:25 AM
For our Minnesota MS150 the MS Society provides secure bike storage and guards and they do match rider numbers on wrist bands with the numbers on the bike to get out.

I've never brought a bike lock and kept my bike out of storage for back and forth trips to the hotel(s). The community of particpants and general atmosphere is it's own kind of deterance.

Go, have fun, if an unlocked back will haunt you and keep you from having as much fun as you might, then, bring a lock.

re: For those who ride organized charity rides??Mazinger
May 30, 2003 6:53 AM
Thanks for the replies!

It's just a one day event. I'll be going by myself, so my main concern was leaving the bike for a short amount of time at rest stops, bathroom breaks, etc...
IMHO......You won't have any problems.....coonass
May 30, 2003 10:48 AM
If someone were considering stealing a bike during this time, they wouldn't know that one/some of the bikers standing around is/are not your riding buddy(ies) and watching your bike during your absence.....not the same circumstances as riding totally by yourself and having it stolen at a 7-11....I wouldn't say that it's impossible, but I'd think it would be VERY unlikely. (I ride organized rides every Sunday for the last 5 years (200+ riders....last Sunday's attendance was better than 400) and I never worry about it.....Go for it!! Enjoy the ride; just don't be too naive.
Did the DC AIDS Ride last year.djg
May 30, 2003 7:26 AM
I don't think anybody used a lock. Basically, we turned our bikes over to the organizers the day before the ride and just stuck them, unlocked, on the racks each evening. I got quite a few compliments on my CT1 but nobody stole it.