trailhead security

Discussion in 'Americas' started by plug ugly, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. plug ugly

    plug ugly n00b

    Oct 23, 2008
    I'm looking for a bit of advice. I do alot of multi day backpacking and camping. I m wondering if anyong has any ideas or advice on securing my bike at a trailhead for multiple days. In the past I look on craiglist for a close town and try and find someone to let me park my bike at their place and hire them to shuttle me. I have thought aobut getting a big chain and chaining my bike to a tree. I know that best idea is probably to not even risk leaving my bike at a trailhead. Any advice or experience would be great.

  2. Fe Man

    Fe Man I am Iron Moran!

    May 29, 2008
    Moran Nation, N. Atlanta Outpost
    If it's remote, you are at the mercy of what ever scumbag finds your bike. Furthermore, if it's vandalized, you may not get out of wherever you are.

    Catch a ride!
  3. Flatulator

    Flatulator Banned

    May 10, 2006
    I haven't left a bike "for days" ... but I have left them for half a day ... with me a few miles away.

    It might not be legal .. but what I do is ... ride it .. (for some reason I assumed you were talking about a 'trail' (DS) bike?) ... ride it back in a good distance (off trail) where it looks like nobody goes .. then hide it and secure it from 'casual theft' ... chain)

    I've never had a problem ... but ? ... in a "few days" ... a finder has time to hatch a plan and execute it

    I am aware of trailhead thefts ... locals who see a bunch of trucks with riders and bikes missing ... steal everything thats not bolted down or locked up ... tiedowns - gas cans - gear bags - dirty gear - stands - tools .. etc
  4. GaM

    GaM Long timer

    Oct 22, 2004
    The motorcycle as a tether. I like to backpack as well and I know of no good answer for leaving a bike at a trailhead overnight. You would need a pretty big tree keep them from cutting it down with a chainsaw.
  5. plug ugly

    plug ugly n00b

    Oct 23, 2008
    Not only did you all confirm what I figure would be the case, I now have a few more reasons not to do it. I suppose I should just buy a car or truck for my non bike adventures.
    thanks for your replies.
  6. Tompound

    Tompound M.M.S. Tommy

    May 24, 2009
    try going to places where you can ride your bike to a base camp and take short hikes from there?
  7. bones_708

    bones_708 Been here awhile

    Aug 2, 2009
    Houston, Tx
    There is such a thing as being too worried about it. I doubt it is really any worse risk than anytime you you park your bike anywhere, it just feels worse when it happens being on vacation. The good thing about a bike tho is that it can fit anywhere. If it is just one bike then maybe you can park it at a store or building nearby instead of at the trail head. Dont leave anything on your bike, expect it to be checked out while you are gone. A lockable cove may help. While they can get it off anything that makes it even a little harder may make them go to the next vehical.
  8. Gizmo

    Gizmo Hermes

    Apr 10, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    I suppose it depends on the trail, location amount of pedestrian traffic etc. but even cars are at risk because of the remoteness and because potential thieves understand they have time. I personally would not leave a bike.
  9. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

    Oct 17, 2006
    Denver, more or less.
    The only place I ever took a multi-day hike from my bike, I simply stopped by a place near the trailhead, which happened to be a church, and asked if I could park my bike behind the building for a couple days. The pastor loved it.

    I'd be pretty confident asking and leaving my bike at a farmhouse or other residence or business as well.

  10. bush pilot

    bush pilot Long timer

    Jun 23, 2006
    I would not be leaving a bike unattended for days at any trailhead.
    Those places are often hangouts at night for beer drinking local kids who might not be able to resist taking a whiz on it.:1drink
  11. Dan Man

    Dan Man ex-adventurer

    Oct 5, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    I think Ive had the opposite experience or mentality of everyone here. I always leave my bike at trailheads in NPs and NFs. Stuff is out but nothing seriously valuable. I figure that most people are good people, especially in hiking areas.

    Anyone have experience in CA and SA with this?
  12. mtncrawler

    mtncrawler Long timer

    May 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    I've left my bike at the TH several times for longish day hikes (8-10hrs) - whil on mutil-day bike tours. I usually lockup what I can in the panniers and then ditch valuables (and things that can't fit) nearby in the woods/trees/rocks and stuff. Sometimes that's the helmet and my whole tank bag.

    Never a problem. Folks WILL check out your bike though - I recently left my bike at the Mt Sneffels TH (Yankee Boy Basin) to bag the summit and when I returned there was a note in my map case (I left the tankbag on that time) from a fellow ADVR'er!!!:lol3 :lol3

    I'm just not that paranoid about it. If someone fucks with it or steals it, it's an inconvenience. I'd rather run that risk than miss out on a great combination of activities.

    If it we're a multi-day backpack - like others have suggested - it should be fairly easy to arrange for more secure parking and a lift to a TH...