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Started 8 months ago by Rick ClaymoreLatest reply from Larry Klaaren 7 months, 4 weeks ago
Do I need a lock? Hate to carry one if it’ll never be used.
I’m about to do my 4th Ragbrai, and I do not believe I have ever seen a bike locked up anywhere on the ride. However, on the other hand, if I owned a $6000 plus bike , I may consider using one. I would think if some one is going to take a bike , they would try take a higher end bike.
Unlikely but it does happen. Depends on how high end your bike is but I use a simple & cheap 4 foot cable lock. Its a very thin cable that fits in a jersey packet. Its not about how good the lock is but if the bike is harder to steal then the others which are almost all unlocked. So even a minimal lock works. I don’t even lock it to anything.
23rd RAGBRAI, never locked my bike. Never been stolen, but I do for the most part ride crap bikes? A couple of my traveling partners, stole my bike from me whole is was sleeping, ( their idea of a joke) on one trip and sold it to some lady for $25. She took it to her camp, but her husband assured her it must be a joke…. they returned the bike. Go Figure… where else but RAGBRAI
Be Fun Have Safe
Most that go missing are in 9vernight towns. Some accidental. Looked just like mine. Some people just forgetting where they left it. A few taken by locals usually turn up. For the most part not the higher end bikes. It’s the cheaper ones that won’t stand out as much in a smaller town. But if it makes you feel better take a small lock for at night. Like someone said they are looking for an easy score they can ride off on. Even leaning 2 or 3 together enough to slow someone down.
Leave it at home, you wont miss it.
During the route the the bikes would be unlikely to be stolen at roadside stops as everyone comes in and leaves with a bike. Would be hard to leave with 2. So you don’t need to lock up the bike. During overnight towns I would recommend locking bike. Even if it is just locked to a friends bike, it stops ride offs. Bike theft is very rare on RAGBRAI.
I’ve never locked mine but I’ve also only stayed in large campgrounds. Say you were camping somewhere secluded at night alone – then maybe? But definitely don’t bring a lock on the ride each day. Entirely unnecessary.
We carry an Onguard Terrier lock which is a thin 7′ steel cable with a combination lock. At 8 ounces it is very light. I would never carry it during the day on the ride but it provides extra peace of mind overnight, especially when camped near a major street. I consider bikes mounted on the back of a car travelling to and from RAGBRAI to be much more vulnerable. We have more confidence running into a restaurant, truck stop bathroom or staying overnight at a hotel when the bikes are locked to the hitch mount.
During the ride no, if you ride around town at night, you may want to prevent ride offs. My brother and I just have a small lock long enough to lock our bikes together. It is actually a small gun lock which is a small master key lock with about 2′ of very very small rubber coated wire. Easily fits into my back pocket or even a front shorts pocket. Anything to make it a little difficult to just ride off should work. Using a shoe string with a double knot would likely work.
We typically use a very thin, lightweight one during the day as a mild deterrent (we have some pretty expensive bikes). At night, even with our club at a separate camp site, we always lock with a thicker cable lock.
The one bike I know was stolen happened at a charter campground when the bikes had been unloaded from the transport truck and were waiting to be picked up by the owners. That was a very expensive bike.
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