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Old 10-30-2013, 06:31 PM   #586
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I am off to this Friday to ride from Utah to South America to volunteer.

Do I need original copies of registration/title? Or can I just bring copies. I've read some mixed reports in this thread.

What do you guy's do with your gear when you grocery shop - or need to leave the bike for awhile? I have saddlebags and a duffel bag - i've been kayak touring and have had my kayak stolen two times with all my gear inside while grocery shopping or running a quick errand to the post office. I just don't want to make that mistake - any tips would be much appreciated.

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Old 10-30-2013, 06:37 PM   #587
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Securing gear while shopping

I run a cable lock through my jacket and helmet. and take my tank bag with me. (I put my spot and GPS in my tank bag too)
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:49 PM   #588
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I run a cable lock through my jacket and helmet. and take my tank bag with me. (I put my spot and GPS in my tank bag too)
I plan to take a backpack and carry my essentials and important things with me at all times(wallet, laptop, gps, important docs.) What do you do with your camping gear and clothes? Just leave it on the bike and try not leave the bike unattended for very long?

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Old 10-30-2013, 07:18 PM   #589
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I am off to this Friday to ride from Utah to South America to volunteer.

Do I need original copies of registration/title? Or can I just bring copies. I've read some mixed reports in this thread.

What do you guy's do with your gear when you grocery shop - or need to leave the bike for awhile? I have saddlebags and a duffel bag - i've been kayak touring and have had my kayak stolen two times with all my gear inside while grocery shopping or running a quick errand to the post office. I just don't want to make that mistake - any tips would be much appreciated.

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Old 11-01-2013, 06:03 PM   #590
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I'm currently on the road in Argentina. I had very little time to ship my bike out before deploying for work this year (I've been out of the country for eight months). So, what i got when the bike arrived is what I have to work with.

I also put my small electronics into my Wolfman tank bag and take that as a man purse. My Aerostich pockets are filled with my important docs and pocket lint, and stay with me. I have locks running through my Pelican cases. When the duffel bag is on the bike (and sometimes the raingear is in a stuffsack bungee'd on) I use a Pac-Safe metal cargo net. Same for helmet.

I use cargo ratchet straps to secure my tires and duffel, and run a cable lock over those. So far, no one has ever tried to release those straps.

I also have some hardened padlocks whose shackels go through the drilled holes in my brake rotors, and I put one on front and rear rotors when I leave the bike in public. Won't stop two skateboards and some muscle, but makes it a tiny bit harder for the ladrones.

So far, so good. But, as ever, don't take anything that you can't afford to lose.

I do have my original title with me, but secured in my bags. I try to pass off laser copies of my title on good quality paper, whenever possible. Works 95% of the time.
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:42 PM   #591
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Old 12-01-2013, 05:01 AM   #592
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I have been reading pages and pages of info on riding in mexico and I havent found the answer I am looking for.....will I get hung up on some of the bigger taller topes? I read a report where the rider said some of them are practically triangle shaped and quite tall.

I have a bellypan on my bike AND its lowered and this is the one thing I am wondering about so far......I guess I should have a look underneath and measure how much clearance I DO have.....but it ain't a lot.....
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Old 12-01-2013, 05:40 AM   #593
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I have been reading pages and pages of info on riding in mexico and I havent found the answer I am looking for.....will I get hung up on some of the bigger taller topes? I read a report where the rider said some of them are practically triangle shaped and quite tall.

I have a bellypan on my bike AND its lowered and this is the one thing I am wondering about so far......I guess I should have a look underneath and measure how much clearance I DO have.....but it ain't a lot.....
No you'll be fine and just slow down when your coming up to one. They have them at each end of towns just before you enter to slow you down and they come in all shapes and sizes. Metal, concrete, large rope.........







Some of the bigger ones are at cross walks and are 12 inches tall or so and wide for people to walk across, if you hit one of those at speed you'll get airtime.

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Old 12-01-2013, 08:49 AM   #594
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That yellow one right there? No way can my bike go over that. Not a hope in hell. Now I would have to turn the bike around in that narrow sandy looking street and the turning radius on my bike is about the size of ohio I kid you not.

I can juuuuuust get my toes on the ground on my bike so backpedal ing is a no go....except in certain conditions. Now what do I do ?......crap.....
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:52 AM   #595
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I think my bags are to wide to ride on the sidewalk.....just to get around the tope.
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:18 AM   #596
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Just do it; it'll work out. Its Mexico.
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:17 AM   #597
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Just do it; it'll work out. Its Mexico.
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:25 AM   #598
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Go slow. A little scraping isn't going to hurt anything.
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:37 AM   #599
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I think my bags are to wide to ride on the sidewalk.....just to get around the tope.
There is an encyclopedia of things you can choose to worry about.

What topic do you want to dwell on after topes?
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:38 AM   #600
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There is some dispute as to how well this really works but many people take the topes at an angle which allows both wheels to lifted at the same time time. It does work on the really wide ones. Most important thing is to pay attention and take them slow.
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