Lock Your Bike...To Your Bike!

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Lock Your Bike...To Your Bike!

Postby DrPeffer » Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:48 pm

Two things are common on the Playa, the first more common than the second...Both of which, though, can leave you pretty damn pissed off:

1) You park your bike with a group of other bikes, and then the cluster grows even HUGER while you're gone, making it really hard to find...To the point where you start to wonder if someone might have just taken off with it.

2) Someone from your camp (or outside of it) flat-out takes your bike, either with the intention of bringing it back shortly or not, but also either way, happening at a most-inconvenient time for you, cuz you REALLY need your bike NOW.

Know what I do? Chain your wheel to your frame when you put your bike anywhere you think it might sit for a long while unattended. If it can't be ridden, then it can't be taken (either with good intentions, or mistakenly, or maliciously).

How does this help in instance #1? Well...If you know nobody could have taken your bike, then you know it's got to be there somewhere...Either you got disoriented and are looking for it in the wrong place, or it's hidden under a tangle of newer bikes. Either way, you don't have to feel like an idiot while looking for it forever, only getting more and more frustrated. Knowing with a high degree of certainty that you'll find it eventually takes the hot anger or panic out of it.

And it really helps in finding your bike to leave your lights flashing or whatever when you're parking it somewhere at night.

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Re: Lock Your Bike...To Your Bike!

Postby moonrise » Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:54 pm

Yah, I feel the same way when I lose my mini MV... Pisses me off every damned time!
I'm the MAN in a truck, burner who is stuck, you're in luck! I'll whip out my BIG tow chain and not charge you, not even one lousy buck!

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Re: Lock Your Bike...To Your Bike!

Postby Ever » Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:10 pm


I always simply took a padlocked the chain to a spoke. Immobilized, easy on-off.

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Re: Lock Your Bike...To Your Bike!

Postby socks » Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:00 pm

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves will be at the burn .So people watch your shit. As for the above advice I did that last year on the burn night and came back to no bike.
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