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Offline BikeliciousBabe

Re: Best Tips for Cooking on the Road
« Reply #45 on: March 25, 2024, 08:44:58 am »
So much fear.  Sad.

Offline froze

Re: Best Tips for Cooking on the Road
« Reply #46 on: March 26, 2024, 10:21:23 pm »
So much fear.  Sad.

Most fear is induced by our media.  I read a news report that said: "Chinese invasion of Taiwan is imminent"!  Then you read the article and they looking at 7 small navy vessels and 8 aircraft as their reasoning for an imminent invasion.  China would need about 80 times more ships, and 250 times more aircraft before an imminent invasion would be plausible.  That's just one of many examples of our media, and our government are trying to fill us with fear at everything we see and hear.  So this fear filters down into our everyday lives and we become paranoid about everything.

Offline BikeliciousBabe

Re: Best Tips for Cooking on the Road
« Reply #47 on: March 28, 2024, 07:54:51 am »
So much fear.  Sad.

Most fear is induced by our media.  I read a news report that said: "Chinese invasion of Taiwan is imminent"!  Then you read the article and they looking at 7 small navy vessels and 8 aircraft as their reasoning for an imminent invasion.  China would need about 80 times more ships, and 250 times more aircraft before an imminent invasion would be plausible.  That's just one of many examples of our media, and our government are trying to fill us with fear at everything we see and hear.  So this fear filters down into our everyday lives and we become paranoid about everything.

Yep. I am very active on Bikeforums.net.  Whenever the issue of theft comes up, those afraid of the "Angle Grinder Army", as I like to refer to this mythical collective, are often the most vocal.  What I find particularly interesting are thigns like this:  Someone will write that they use a relatively light cable lock to prevent opportunistic theft while they do something like op into a c-store for a snack and nature break.  You're pretty sure to get a response from someone referencing a YouTube video of someone in NYC defeating a much heavier lock with some sort of power tool.  Am you really going to worry about theft when you do something like lean your bike up against the wall of the Wheat & Thistle in Harrison, MT and run insie for a few minutes to make a purchase?

https://www.google.com/maps/@45.7028267,-111.7868659,3a,30y,100.66h,90.13t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sMmmQ2KqPOD-_c_2HBLZgMw!2e0!6shttps:%2F%2Fstreetviewpixels-pa.googleapis.com%2Fv1%2Fthumbnail%3Fpanoid%3DMmmQ2KqPOD-_c_2HBLZgMw%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D185.89316%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i16384!8i8192?entry=ttu

If I am alone at a campground in a relatively sparsely populated area a mile from the nearest public road, I am going to take a shower without worrying about leaving my bike unlocked and out of my sight.

Offline froze

Re: Best Tips for Cooking on the Road
« Reply #48 on: March 28, 2024, 10:47:46 am »
I'm not going to tell you that I never lock my bikes up, even at a campground!  But I use a lightweight cable lock.  One night in downpouring rain, I was asleep, when I woke up due to hearing whispering, yeah, even in downpouring rain pounding on my tent and all over outside, my brain picks out a sound that shouldn't be there, in this case, two guys whispering, I then peeked out of the tent to see one of the guys walk over to the bike that I locked to the bench, and he then whispered to the other guy that it was locked, and they walked away.  My tent was the only tent in the primitive campsite area, they had to come down from a non-primitive area, why were they walking around at 2 am in a heavy downpour?  Obviously, they were thinking that the noise of the rain would disguise their presence, and had I not locked it, and not woken up, which most people would have never woken up, I would have woken up that morning to a missing bike.

Going into a small store or a fast food place where I can see the bike I'm not too concerned, but if I decide to leave the bike and go fishing or walking some trails where I can't see the bike for hours, or at night at a campground, sorry, call me paranoid, but I'll lock it.  I can't guarantee that my brain will always wake me like that, so far it always has, but I'm not going to trust that to happen all the time.  So while I did wake up during that incident, I was glad I locked it.  This event occurred when I was 68 years old, 2 years ago, those two guys were late teens to middle 20s, I may have had extensive martial arts training, but that was a long time ago, and now I'm older, and two younger stronger more energetic guys maybe with knives or even a gun could be a challenge that I would rather avoid if possible, so by me locking the bike it prevented that confrontation.

Offline davidbonn

Re: Best Tips for Cooking on the Road
« Reply #49 on: March 28, 2024, 03:04:59 pm »
Everyone is different and everyone has a different risk tolerance.  And we all make different choices on where to stay and where to stop trip by trip.

All of those things go into a calculation about what risks you are willing to take.  There isn't a general right or clearly wrong answer.

There is also a big difference between "fear" and reasonable cognizance of risk.

Offline Westinghouse

Re: Best Tips for Cooking on the Road
« Reply #50 on: March 30, 2024, 12:36:52 am »
I read in crime reports the most frequently stolen items in the United States are cell phones and bicycles. This happened when I got my first touring bike. I brought it home. I left it in front of the house with the front of the bike pushed into a bush. It was a thick bush and the front of the bike was inside the bush. There was a cable lock going from the bike to the root of this book. That was the first time I had the bike. I came out the next morning and somebody had tried to steal it. The bike was pushed over on its side and there were several scuff marks on the side of the house where they had pulled and pushed and yanked on it where the saddle had rubbed against the wall of the house he outside wall. I guess they gave up and took off. You talk about theft? In my hometown of Stuart Florida there was a driveway up to my house. I locked my car every night and I do mean every night without exception. I always locked it. Only one single night did I neglect to lock my car. The next morning everything inside the car was stolen it was missing. I was cycling through Scottsdale Arizona. I stopped at a Wendy's restaurant. I left the bike out front in Plainview through this big picture window. The manager said is that bike locked? I told him no I can see it. He said somebody had been there before with a bicycle. The guy put the bicycle outside against the wall just like I had. The cyclist went inside to get something to eat. Some black guy came running up lickity split grab the bike, he mounted it and took off. By the time the cyclist was on his feet and outside, the thief was a hundred feet away. This stuff happens all the time.

Offline LouMelini

Re: Best Tips for Cooking on the Road
« Reply #51 on: March 30, 2024, 10:30:14 pm »
It appears that "best tips for cooking" has now changed so I will keep the cooking tip short. Julie and I eat well on our trips. The tip I will add to the group is for clean-up, a GSI pot scraper. It makes clean up a lot easier especially if you are camping somewhere without cleaning sinks such as a forest service campground. It won't however make your bike safe from theft.  :)

Offline froze

Re: Best Tips for Cooking on the Road
« Reply #52 on: March 31, 2024, 05:03:17 pm »
It appears that "best tips for cooking" has now changed so I will keep the cooking tip short. Julie and I eat well on our trips. The tip I will add to the group is for clean-up, a GSI pot scraper. It makes clean up a lot easier especially if you are camping somewhere without cleaning sinks such as a forest service campground. It won't however make your bike safe from theft.  :)

You could use the pot scraper as a weapon, by slicing at the bike thief's neck, thus saving your bike.