trailhead security

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

  1. plug ugly

    plug ugly n00b

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    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.

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  2. Fe Man

    Fe Man I am Iron Moran!

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    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!
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  3. Flatulator

    Flatulator Banned

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    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
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  4. GaM

    GaM Long timer

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    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.
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  5. plug ugly

    plug ugly n00b

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    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.
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  6. Tompound

    Tompound M.M.S. Tommy

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

    bones_708 Been here awhile

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    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.
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  8. Gizmo

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    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.
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  9. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    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.

    Jamie
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  10. bush pilot

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    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
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  11. Dan Man

    Dan Man ex-adventurer

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    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?
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  12. mtncrawler

    mtncrawler Long timer

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    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...
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