Think about this: Whereas touring by bike, you cease alongside your route and discover the right place to camp. The bottom is comfortable and flat… the views are incredible… and also you’re set to get pleasure from an attractive evening camped out underneath the celebs. However then you definately give a fast go searching and notice there may be nowhere in sight to lock up your bicycle. There are not any timber round. No fences. No avenue indicators or phone poles. No picnic tables or barbeques. There’s nothing to lock your bicycle to!
Though there aren’t very many individuals round, you continue to really feel the necessity to lock up your bicycle so it doesn’t get stolen or messed with if you are sleeping in your tent at evening. And your tent isn’t sufficiently big for each you, your gear, and your bicycle. What do you do?
Nicely, you possibly can go away the bike unlocked outdoors your tent… and easily hope that nobody steals it. However that appears form of dangerous.
As an alternative, take into account taking my method when you end up on this place… and lock your bicycle to your tent!
Within the photograph under, you possibly can see how I’ve wrapped my cable lock across the body and entrance wheel of my bicycle… after which run that very same cable lock by way of one of many poles on my tent.
Locking your bicycle on this method actually isn’t as safe as locking your bike to a a lot bigger, extra everlasting fixture. However locking your bicycle up like this may really work.
The apparent draw back to locking your bicycle up on this method is that the lock could be slipped off of the tent pole with a small quantity of labor. To do that, the perpetrator must take away the pole from the tent for a couple of seconds whereas she or he slipped the cable lock away from the tent.
However by locking your bicycle up on this approach… you’d possible be woken up if somebody did attempt to rip your bicycle away from the tent on this method. And that’s why this method appears to work so effectively! With you sleeping just some inches away, it will be onerous to discover a thief keen to aim that form of theft… and much more tough to discover a thief able to eradicating the lock out of your tent with out you noticing.
There are two details that ought to be made right here:
1. While you run your cable lock by way of the tent pole, make sure to wrap it in such a approach that to ensure that the lock to be eliminated, the pole must be taken totally out of the tent. Don’t wrap the lock by way of solely the rainfly or the bottom material, as these two elements of the tent could be minimize away with ease. You have to make it as tough as doable for somebody to take away that cable… and wrapping the lock by way of the tent pole is normally the easiest way to do that.
2. Secondly, lean a small a part of your bicycle towards the wall of your tent. Within the photograph under you possibly can see how I’ve rested the saddle of my bike towards the rainfly of my tent. This enables me to a) see that the bicycle continues to be outdoors (even when I’m inside my tent), as a result of I can see the define of the seat pressed towards the wall of the tent… and b) I can really feel that the bike continues to be there with my arms, ft, or physique (even through the nighttime once I might not have the ability to see the define of the bicycle outdoors).
This isn’t a full-proof approach of locking up your bicycle as it’s nonetheless doable to get your bicycle stolen utilizing this method. However it is a wonderful means so as to add a small quantity of safety to your bicycle if you find yourself camped out in an space the place there may be nothing to lock your bicycle to.