By Robbie Ferri, Cyclist, Personal Trainer, and Group Exercise Instructor.
Cycling is an incredible sport, and not only will it keep you fit and widen your social circle, but it also gives you the opportunity to go on adventures. Cycle touring has also been a very popular way to holiday and enjoyed by many. In the more recent years since Bikepacking came on the market, we have seen long-distance racing and much lighter, faster setups to help you explore and go further faster.
Carrying everything you need for living on the
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11 Tips To Keep Your
1. Always keep your
bike in view
One thing about bikepacking and cycle touring is that you spend very little time away from your
The key is always to keep it in view. Especially when you’re in very busy areas, as the more people, the higher the risk, I typically would make a habit of stopping at places where I do have a great view of my
2. Use a lock
There’s not always an option to keep an eye on your
We use a small cafe combination lock. The lock featured in the video you will find in the link below. It isn’t the most secure lock, but it weighs less than 100 grams and packs away in a bag excellently. It’s a great cafe lock, but you’re not going to want to leave your
3. Use a lock properly
Not only should you use a lock, but it’s important to use a lock properly. When I say properly, I’m talking about using it to secure not just the frame of the
4. If leaving the
bike, take your valuables
As we mentioned before, sometimes you just have to leave the
5. Traveling with a friend
Bikepacking and touring with a partner or friend is an excellent way to up security while riding. It means when you need to go shopping or leave the bikes, one person is able to stay with everything to ensure they are ok. Typically riding in a pair does take more time, but it is great knowing that you can get away rarely ever needing to lock the
6. Go with your gut
One thing I haven’t learned over years of bikepacking and cycle touring is that sometimes you just need to go with your gut. If you come up to a shop and there are characters outside that give you a bad feeling, I would advise you to either wait till they are gone or go and find another shop. There’s been a few times in my life where I have said I wish I would have gone with my gut, and it would have saved me a lot of trouble.
So if you ever feel like something isn’t right or seems like a bad idea, then we recommend rethinking your options. I always say 99.9% of people in this world can be trusted, but it’s vital to keep your guard up as some people will take the opportunity if they can.
7. Make it difficult for a thief
Another great idea when stopping is to try and make it as difficult for a thief as possible. This will not only deter them, but it will also occupy their time, and you might catch them in the act. Here are our top ways of making it difficult.
- Leave your
bikein the hardest or lightest gear
- Strap your helmet to a wheel or the frame
- Make it difficult to get to by putting things in the way
- Leave bags loose on the
bike, then restrap them when you return
- Remove the front wheel and lock it to the frame and rear wheel
- Remove the saddle and take it inside with you
8. Even when Sleeping, protect your
So just say you’re doing a few overnighters outside. The first thing you need to do is never share your location with any stranger or on social media. This is because you don’t want anyone trying to come and grab your
When it comes to hotels, you have two choices. We always think it’s best to have the
9. Try not to give too much away on Social Media
When bikepacking and touring, it is great to share your adventures. Not only can your social media be a scrapbook, but it also can inspire others to jump on a
10. Don’t Peacock
Peacocking means making yourself stand out. When you roll into a town or a small village, it’s a much better idea just to blend in than to make yourself known to everyone. Try not to draw attention to yourself only to find many people checking out your
11. Avoid Big Cities
Although you can’t always pick your route, we highly advise you to avoid big cities. The majority of crime happens here, and there are a lot more risks when going into them. Typically when cycle touring and bikepacking, you tend not to go through big cities unless you’re there for a reason. This is because the traffic is more dangerous and the roads can get a little too crazy at times.
A lot of keeping your
2 thoughts on “How to Secure Your Bike When Bikepacking or Touring: 11 Tips From An Ultra Cyclist”
A good read and very informative . Like the point of strapping the helmet to the chain stay etc
Thank you Phillip!