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Bike theft at California Hiker-Biker Campsite, be aware!
« on: May 31, 2018, 04:35:59 pm »
Over Memorial Day weekend my bikepacking bike was stolen from the Half Moon Bay State Beach Hiker Biker campsite. It was locked to itself, about 15' away from my tent. Someone came and grabbed it overnight. Either they cut the cable lock or they threw it in a car.

I'm very experienced in locking my bike in urban areas, but this theft at a campsite really took me by surprise. Perhaps I was an easier target because I was traveling solo. Just wanted to give a heads up to people touring on Highway 1. What I've seen people do is to lock their bike up in front of their tent, and somehow attach part of it to the tent. This way if someone moves it, it also wakes you up.

Details about my bike if you're interested:

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Re: Bike theft at California Hiker-Biker Campsite, be aware!
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2018, 01:42:21 am »
Someone just contacted me about ANOTHER bike being stolen from the Half Moon Bay Hiker-Biker Campsite. Please be vigilant or avoid that campsite.

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Re: Bike theft at California Hiker-Biker Campsite, be aware!
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2024, 08:33:38 pm »
Hi folks,
Quick anecdotal update/context regarding the bicycle campsites at Francis Beach Campground at Halfmoon Bay State Park:

The bicycle camp is located on the north end Francis Beach Campground. Kelly Avenue goes right by the bicycle camp and turns into the Halfmoon Bay Coastal Trail.
Apparently, there are homeless people that frequent the Halfmoon Bay Coastal Trail and come into the campground area. On top of that, there is a bit of recreational pedestrian traffic that uses Kelly Avenue to get around the park and access the Coastal Trail.

The evening I was there in early May 2024 a fellow bicycle tour camper had is pannier stolen out of one of the wooden food lockers.
A homeless guy had walked through and looked into the locker and took his pannier. The bike camper was able to alert a law enforcement state park ranger.
The ranger made contact with the suspect and was able to get the pannier back to the bike camper. Close call.

Takeaway: this is a nice place to bike camp. The showers and water tap are close by and there are some cool trees to pitch your tent next to. There is a bit of open space between the bike camp and the motor vehicle campsites. The place can be windy, but there is ample grass/lawn to spread out on and it's a pretty relaxing place. But I would really watch your belongings when bicycle camping here. This is especially true to if you plan on leaving your belongings unattended. I would recommend locking your bicycle if you brought a lock on tour as well.

Take care out there and happy touring!