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Old 03-02-13, 09:39 AM   #1
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Brompton Saddle Theft [Just Call Me Overkill Lynne]

I always add a combination cable to my bikes with good saddles -- and that's all my bikes -- as a theft deterrent. I did the same on my Brompton. Is it overkill? I was thinking yes, because you have to unbolt the saddle and pull the seatpost out from the bottom (which a thief would not bother doing, because the saddle is the prize).

The cable is not exactly hurting anything, other than looking slightly ugly. I do tend to carry a u-lock and cable (Kryptonite), so I could always use that much heavier cable if I actually had to lock the bike.

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Thought a small bit of rather thin, cable run out through the top of the seatpost,
a tube, stepped down at the top, they are open out the top..

looping around the saddle rails, and back down,
with both ends held by the Brompton rubber bung , in the bottom of the seatpost,
would work, and be un obtrusive. likely just hear the cable rattling in the tube as you go.

... were you to have an anchor for the cable on the frame,
coming out the bottom, it could also be stretched tight ,
Made so, when you pull the post up to your desired saddle height.

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I always add a combination cable to my bikes with good saddles -- and that's all my bikes -- as a theft deterrent. I did the same on my Brompton. Is it overkill?
Nope. Nothing is overkill if it gives you peace-of-mind. Besides, after you get the first scratch or ding on the bike, you won't care that much about looks anymore anyways.
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Old 03-02-13, 12:00 PM   #4
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Nope. Nothing is overkill if it gives you peace-of-mind. Besides, after you get the first scratch or ding on the bike, you won't care that much about looks anymore anyways.
I'm already low-key as far as that goes. It's a bike. It's gonna get scratched. I'll leave the cable. It does not impede the fold or the saddle height.
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You can stuff a ball bearing in the allen head so you can't use a allen wrench. I use adhesive to keep it secure and haven't lost a seat yet. Not to mention, you don't have an ugly cable hanging off the bike.
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Brilliant ideas, I will do the ball bearing thing to all my bikes' better parts.
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