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Offline avman1023

Touring in New York City?
« on: April 28, 2023, 05:44:58 pm »
Hello!
I will be biking through NYC this fall as part of my Northern Half of the Atlantic Coast bike tour. I very much want to walk along the High Line, but I'm concerned about theft while away from my bike.

Bikes are not allowed on the High Line, so there are bike racks at several entrances. I'll be coming through fully loaded with panniers and bags. I feel somewhat confident that I can secure my bike, but how do I secure panniers and bags? I'll of course remove and carry with me critical items (wallet, phone), but would probably need to leave panniers, bags and accessories on the bike. I would likely be there at a low traffic time- Monday morning(?), and probably be away from my bike an hour or two. Outside of normal bag closures and mounting, any suggestions on how to secure my bags? Or am I overthinking this? Will people just leave my bike and bags alone, if it's locked to a bike rack with a sturdy lock? I think the High Line is a fairly popular tourist attraction, would that mean more eyes=safer, or does it mean more opportunists for thieves?

I'd like to think I'm an experienced solo bike traveler, and have tried to reduce the chance of theft as much as possible- When away from the bike, take critical items with me, close and secure all bags, remove removable accessories and stow, lock with an appropriate lock, try to stay within eyesight of bike, minimize time away from bike. My past tours have been mostly rural areas, with just passing through urban areas, or when staying overnight in urban areas, leaving bags and bike at lodging. This will be the first time I'll be leaving my fully-loaded bike in such a big city!

Offline ray b

Re: Touring in New York City?
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2023, 07:06:50 pm »
...and then how to enjoy yourself while your imagination runs through all the tour-ending scenarios.

In the past, I have solved the problem by leaving the bike in the back of a local bike shop. If you don't feel you have purchased enough from the shop to earn the courtesy of a secure place to park your bike and equipment, then a contribution to the shop beer or coffee fund would probably do the trick.

A quick search suggests a bunch of shops in the neighborhood.
“A good man always knows his limitations.”

Offline avman1023

Re: Touring in New York City?
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2023, 05:46:31 pm »
Yes, thanks for understanding my anxiety!

Leaving the bike in a nearby bike shop- that's an excellent idea! I tend to forget that bike shops can be a resource for more than just parts/repairs.
Thanks for the suggestion!

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Touring in New York City?
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2023, 10:01:40 am »
If you can arrange a hotel room (call ahead to make sure they'll have a place for your bike if they won't let you keep it in your room), you can leave the bike there and take the subway all over to explore the city.

Offline avman1023

Re: Touring in New York City?
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2023, 09:34:25 am »
Thanks! I'll be visiting the High Line on my way out of town, so won't be able to leave the bike at my overnight hotel. But that's a good idea- there are lots of hotels around the High Line, maybe one of them would be willing to store my bike for a couple of hours for a reasonable fee.

Offline kaer23

Re: Touring in New York City?
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2023, 07:15:50 pm »
Hi,

depending on your panniers, Ortlieb offers what they call „anti-theft“ devices:
https://www.ortlieb.com/en_us/anti-theft-device+E124

They are really more like „theft-delay“ devices, the wires can probably be cut easily with a Leatherman - still, they might keep the occasional burglar off.

The are a bit tricky to attach to the panniers, though, you are always looking for your third hand.

Offline avman1023

Re: Touring in New York City?
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2023, 01:24:01 pm »
Cool, I didn't know Ortlieb made those! I do indeed use Ortlieb panniers, so these would work nicely.

This'll keep people from stealing the entire bags, but anyone can just open the bag. Now to come up with a solution for that...

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Touring in New York City?
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2023, 09:02:17 am »
depending on your panniers, Ortlieb offers what they call „anti-theft“ devices:
https://www.ortlieb.com/en_us/anti-theft-device+E124

They are really more like „theft-delay“ devices, the wires can probably be cut easily with a Leatherman - still, they might keep the occasional burglar off.

I suspect the Ortlieb "anti-theft" wires are more appropriate for popping into a store in Owl Creek, MO, than they are for day touring NYC.  Remember that 3/8" cables aren't recommended for NYC because bike thieves carry cable cutters to handle them (and lightweight U-locks).  What chance does the much thinner Ortlieb have against those cutters?