It's the region's annual cycling festival that draws thousands to Wagga, but police have been left shaking their heads, frustrated by two opportunistic thefts.
Police received two reports of stolen bikes during the Gears and Beers festival after the event on Sunday.
Inspector Peter McLay said an unsecured bike had been stolen from the Victory Memorial Gardens, while another had been taken from the rear of a business.
"It was disappointing to see," he said.
"It is likely that these were opportunistic incidents committed by passers-by."
Inspector McLay said another two bikes were stolen from the Wagga Beach Caravan Park that had been left unsecured on Sunday.
"The owner actually managed to find them the next day," he said.
"They had been discarded in bushland."
Inspector McLay said the thefts were disappointing for police and the organisers but said those who worked hard to put on the event had done a fantastic job.
"However, by and large, the event was successful," he said.
"It is great for the town, and with that many people you do expect a couple of incidents."
Riders departed on six different tracks from a family-friendly seven kilometres pedal along the river to the challenging 'Dirty 130' trek.
But the festivities truly kicked off when about 5000 riders and spectators spilled into Victory Memorial Gardens for a chilled beer to quench the thirst.
This year, the cycling event raised approximately $200,000 for charities in and around Wagga.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at www.nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.