storing bikes out of view

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  1. Sue

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    Probably asking a question that has been asked a million times before..but how do you protect a very expensive road bike from theft?
    its light and easy to steal. Is it possible to fit storage to the roof of a motorhome ? (ours is an old autotrail chieftan...no garage, but storage area under bed.
     
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    Our bikes are pretty basic so we just lock them to the rack if we're out without them but if our son and his mates us the RV for a cycling weekend they bring the bikes inside when they go out or sleep.have a bike cover and he removes the wheels and covers it up and either lays it on the floor or puts it in the bathroom and shuts the door. Still not fool proof as I think would be thieves can watch you and take the opportunity when you're out. Luckily our son doesn't come with us often.Good luck finding a solution.
     
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    leave it at home..

    buy a cheap road bike for motorhome use..
     
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    Our two ebikes cost over 6k. We have a busbiker NL steel swing out bike rack on our panel van and have fitted a ground anchor to the rack. Use a heavy pragmasis motorbike chain and security lock. With extra touring locks and bikes covered we feel resonably confident that we are OK, with the caveat that equipped professional thieves would have them away..and that's what insurance is for!

    More likely to get nicked from garage at home and why I keep mine in the hall....even if I had a van with garage I would still fit a ground anchor through floor to chassis and use chain.

    I wouldn't dream of putting them on a flimsy aluminium rack:(
     
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    hubby ultra keen cyclist...bike means more to him than I do and biking is his passion...so this is a no go!
     
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    thanks...some good ideas here
     
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    your situation easier, with a light road bike I would remove wheels and store it inside somewhere..under the bed?
     
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    fair comment and fully understand.. used to take an expensive mountain bike myself.. until someone else's need was greater than mine.. and relieved me of it :mad:
    they cut through heavy motorcycle security chain while we were asleep .. discarded the two other cheap bikes and took mine..

    presumably he has it insured for traveling in the motorhome.. ?

    if at all possible keep it inside the van.. at all times.. don't leave out overnight or chained to railings while shopping.. even with the best motorbike security chain it will be a target and if not taken... damaged when they try to cut loose .. sorry.. but that is how it is. ..small cordless angle grinders are cheap and can open any lock
     
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    Given the apparent cost of the bike, is it worth changing the motorhome for one with a garage? :LOL:
    After all other considerations including chains that would not look out of place in the Tower of London, it might be worth getting a Vanbitz Strikeback alarm fitted (if you don't already have one) as that includes a bike-rack loop as part of the van's alarm system.
     
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    it is a light road bike...so may be possible. certainly the easiest andsecurest solution, i think
     
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    even in a garage it won't be safe... the thieves are out looking for expansive bikes, follow you and watch where they are stored .. a motorhome garage is easier to open than a tin of sardines..

    an alarm will deter.. but inside is best.. handcuffed to your ankle while you sleep.. :LOL:
     
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    :):unsure: if I suggest this to hubby, its probably just what he will do!
     
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