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    Please bring along a bike lock on Cycle Oregon 15 and use it at your own discretion.

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I usually take a length of nylon cord and two tent pegs. Loop the cord around the seatpost or the top tube of the bike, and then use the cord as guy lines to stake out the bike. Put a plastic bag over the saddle.

Why do I do this? The bike takes up less room this way. It looks neater. My tent is too small and light for me to bring the bike inside or to lean it against the outside. If it rains, the water is less inclined to run into the bearings and the saddle. And if it doesn't rain, the bike gives me a place to attach one end of my clothes line (the other end is tied to the tent.)

I usually lock my bike. Many people don't, so I figure that theirs will be stolen before mine. It would be good if we heard the bikes together and lock them in pairs or threesomes -- we might even create some heifers this way :-)

Andrew Black

Most camps have a secure bike corral, but lots of riders lock up their bikes near their tents. We use locks, even in the bike corrals.

Susan Christie

Regarding bike storage: After having done 8 or so Cycle Oregon's I have never locked my bike nor have I ever used the "bike corrals." We always lean our bikes together near our tents. Near the end of the ride we have discussed putting them out near the road in the hope that someone would steal them, but no luck there. The only time I have heard of a bike being stolen was near Eugene on an early Cycle Oregon. Frankly, in most of the towns we stay in, the bikes are an item of curiosity, not desire.

Frank Conner

Several bikes were stolen in Corvallis, Oregon, on Cycle Oregon III. To this day, that's what the citizens of Corvallis remember about the day they hosted Cycle Oregon. It was a great embarrassment.

The chance of theft is probably greater in communities such as Corvallis--a university town, as well as a great bicycling community. You may want to be cautious in La Grande [CO 12].

Susan Christie

Last year [CO 11] we found the bike corrals to be quite secure - I think they were manned all night. On the days we left our tandem next to the tent, we kept it upright by staking it out with two lengths of cord and extra tent stakes, one to either side of the bike. If this will keep a tandem upright, your single should be no problem.

Amy C. Buondonno

Regarding bike security, usually there is a monitored bike corral staffed by local people. If they charge anything, it is usually a dollar or so. If not, a buck tip is in order. All of the services like sherpas, bike corral are run by such as PTA's, athletic groups, and scouts. Another option is to cable your bikes together near your tent. When I have done that, I always brought anything of value into the tent. In recent years, because I have a large tent and was alone, I actually brought my bike into the tent. In any case, if your bike is parked outside, be sure to cover your saddle with plastic as the morning dew or overnight rain can make for a damp riding experience the next day.

Curt Coleman

Some days I kept my bike by the tent, laid flat on the ground. My tent isn't big or strong enough to support a bike or house it within. Other days, I left it in the bike corral, where there were probably several hundred bikes kept under constant watch (so we're told). I've heard of several instances of bikes disappearing from the tent area, none from the corrals. A $1 donation was suggested for the local service organization that staffed the corrals. I also heard that the thefts happened in larger towns.

Personally, I think it's safer in the corral, but more convenient for morning preparation to have it near my tent. It also depends on the layout in a given campsite.

Amy Ream

Last year [CO 11] a bike next to us was stolen on the evening before the first day of riding, down in Myrtle Creek. It was a truly tricked-out dual-suspended mountain bike, and we figure that some local kids took a liking to it. The owner had one of those one-person mummy tents, and from then on we staked our bike right to the tent. If anyone tries to make off with it, we hope the tent shaking will wake us up.

Amy C. Buondonno

There is a bike corral. It is generally manned...? womanned...? peopled all night. Tips are appropriate. Or you can just put your bike next to your tent (if there is room). We just lock ours together with a cable right next to our tent. All bike bags, cycle computers, helmets etc. go in the tent with us. While it is possible for somebody very strong to lift both bikes locked together and cart them off they would probably be noticed. It would also make a very awkward and unbalanced load and it would be hard to be quiet. Even in the middle of the night there are a lot of people visiting the blue rooms all night long and they would notice things happening. You might just lock your wheels and frame if there is no one handy to lock to.

Yes, you could cut the locks or cables, but again that would be noticed.

As far as the corral goes - your bike and your arm have the same number attached. It is easy for them to see if you are you - but some people lock them in the corral anyway.

The idea of the locks is to make it so someone can't just wander by, hop on the bike, and ride off -- we would never be able to catch up if they took off fast.

As in several other things, there is also a great deal of safety in numbers when there are 2000 cyclists. The odds of it being your bike are not all that strong and maybe worth the risk. Everyone decides differently.

Whatever you do I would advise covering the bike seat (unless you are into freezing cold wet seats first thing in the morning). Also, bring your bike luggage into your tent or cover it if you don't want dew on it. Some places have almost no dew and some have enough that it seems like it must have rained during the night.

Rox Heath

What do you guys cover your bike seats with overnight to keep them dry and not quite as cold??

Melinda von Borstel

A nice, plastic shopping bag works well!!

Stace Gray

An old lady's shower cap works equally well... :-)

Richard, the other Richard

Is this for your inflatable doll? ;-)

I use a genuine seat cover, bought it to use to "refurbish" a seat and didn’t like its fit. Works great as a weather cover and rolls up too almost nothing when you've forgot to remove it and sent your luggage off already.

Don "been there, done that" Bolton

 
       
           
             
       
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