Did it ever seem weird to anyone that mountain bikers sometimes hide their car keys on their vehicle tire back at the trailhead? I don’t do this myself because I’m afraid my car won’t be there when I arrive back. 🙂
I also don’t get the utility. Like, if something happens to me and my buddy needs to jump in my car to go get help, he should just grab the keys from my pack before heading to the car. I suppose it’s possible I might lose my keys during the ride (which would suck really bad!) but if I’m really worried, I use the little key hook thingie in my pack to make sure the keys stay with me.
Can someone explain to me why this is a good idea and why it’s become a habit?
I’ve seen riders at the trailhead doing that. They’ll look around suspiciously, set their keys on their tire, look around suspiciously some more, then head into the woods for their ride. Makes no sense to me.
I keep all that stuff on me. I’ve had more than one break-in happen at a trailhead and the risk of losing those items on the trail seems less likely than someone popping my window and making life a real bummer.
The people that I’ve personally seen do this the most are also experienced boaters. With boating especially, this makes sense–you could easily lose your keys in the river.
Also, for a river run you’re always running a shuttle, and you may not know who’s going to be grabbing what vehicle–so, if you leave your keys with the vehicle, anybody that you tell where the keys are can pick up your vehicle.
So in that sense, it makes more sense for me in relation to a shuttle–to make sure the keys are always with the vehicle. You also don’t risk leaving your keys at the vehicle at the top of the descent, and having no way to get back up there.
But for just riding a loop in the woods? Nah, not so much.
Yeah, trailhead or boat take-out. An empty vehicle is there for probably one reason; on the river, or on the trail. And advertising that “I will be gone for a couple of hours”. I would want my vehicle as secure as possible…JMO
I think it’s a useful tool if you carpooled to the trail with other people. Let’s say something does happen and your buddy has to get into your car. What if in the heat of the moment, he forgets to get your keys from you? That’s precious time lost.
Or way more commonly, what if someone in your group has a mechanical or just a really bad day and wants to head back to the car early? They can get into the car and start drinking beer while they wait for the rest of the crew.
I usually have a firearm on my person, or in my vehicle, so leaving keys (to the car, or to the lock-box) anywhere near it is a huge no-no.
Situations like this are what make the whole “that’s 100 grams lighter” conversation incredibly stupid to me… I keep my car keys (and basic bike tools) in a tail bag, under my seat. If the weight is having an adverse effect on my riding, I haven’t noticed it.
That used to be a thing back in the late 90’s, but I don’t know anyone who still does it. I hate wearing a pack, unless I am on a 3+ hour ride (maybe) but I still wear traditional cycling kit so I can just put them in a jersey pocket. The better question may be, why do you wear “mountain bike” clothes instead of a more functional traditional cycling kit?