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Old 06-04-10, 06:21 PM   #1
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How can I secure my seat post/saddle

My new bike is going to have one of those quick release things to the seat post. Convenient for me but more convenient for a thief, I reckon.

How can I secure the seat post and saddle when I park my bike at the mall or other public place?

It would definitely be a bummer to come back from shopping and find I have no seat post and/or saddle.
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Old 06-04-10, 10:25 PM   #2
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I have my saddle locked to my frame with a thin snowboard cable/lock combination. I have not had anyone steal any saddles of mine but for as much as I run in and out of places, anything can happen so I would rather not take the chance.
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Old 06-04-10, 10:32 PM   #3
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Can you just replace that quick release thingy with a bolt and nut? Or Allen bolt and nut? Or possibly replace it with a bolted clamp?
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piece of chain through your saddle rails and seatstays
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I have the bolted clamp style of seat collar. Won't deter a determined thief who carries allen wrench tools, but some casual tard won't able to just release the QR lever and be gone within seconds.
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This may sound stupid, but why not just carry the seat with you?? After all, it is quick release!!
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i'd switch the collar for one, then carry a light cable lock like travelmama said. It's not 100% but its close as you will get.

I dont really understand the benefit of QR seatposts, once you get your seat at the right height, don't you leave it alone?
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i'd switch the collar for one, then carry a light cable lock like travelmama said. It's not 100% but its close as you will get.

I dont really understand the benefit of QR seatposts, once you get your seat at the right height, don't you leave it alone?
I thought that it originally started with mountain bikes to adjust the seat during descents.
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I thought that it originally started with mountain bikes to adjust the seat during descents.
That makes sense. For any urban or road application, you don't do this, and thus it seems pointless to have a QR lever on your seatpost unless you do technical descents on an MTB.
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I use Pitlocks. They're special bolts with a nut that can be removed only with the special "pit". I use Set 02/GA which includes a seatpost bolt, pair of wheel skewers and a headset cap to keep the front end from being disassembled. Three of my four bikes are equipped with them, all are keyed to the same pit.

Available at Peter White Cycles in the US and Urban Bike Tech in Canada, which has the best photos and description.

As a practical matter, you may not need anything more secure than a regular, non-quick-release seatpost collar, which is less than $10 at the LBS. That, and bolt-on wheel skewers, are what I used for years before becoming paranoid.
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i'd switch the collar for one, then carry a light cable lock like travelmama said. It's not 100% but its close as you will get.

I dont really understand the benefit of QR seatposts, once you get your seat at the right height, don't you leave it alone?
My thoughts exactly,which was why I wondering why do folks grease them.

Now, I am a position where I need a quick release seatpost. I replaced the stock one with an seatpost/airpump. I shouldn't need to use it often.
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Replace it with a allen-bolt collar, hot glue a ball bearing in the head of the screw if you're really paranoid.

Or use one of those secure skewer things.
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I don't know if they're still available, but you could pretty well make one... Used to be a device which used a "star-fangled nut" sort of thing to go into the bottom of the seatpost, and attached to that by an eye-bolt was a length of cable and a seat-tube diameter plug.
To use, you'd jam the star-fangled nut up inside the seat-post, then drop the plug with cable attached down the seat tube. An extra-long water-bottle cage bolt was screwed in, and Viola, the seat post is invisibly secured.
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Thanks everyone for the input on this. You've given me lots of options to look into.
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Here's one more -- found on eBay -- a locking skewer set, like the Pitlock, but cheaper; uses a 5-sided "key" to attach/detach. Straight replacement for the QR sets. So far, it's been good for me.
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when in NYC i take my seatpost with me.

in the jersey burbs i use a cable run through the seatstays.

i reasearched skewers a few weeks back and decided that i would get the set of 3 pitlocks when i had the cash. for both wheels and the seatpost.
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Thanks Dx-Man and idotekniQues for the additonal suggestions and feedback on this.

Unfortunately, I won't have to worry about this for now. The bike I expected to get won't be with me after all. The LBS I ordered the bike from goofed big time and got the wrong bike and wrong frame size.

To make matters worse they wanted me to accept the order, as is, at full price. No way!!! I got my money back and now think it's divine intervention.

Of course I'll probably forget all this omen stuff and start looking again in 3-6 months.
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My thoughts exactly,which was why I wondering why do folks grease them.

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Prevent metal parts from freezing together.
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Prevent metal parts from freezing together.
Yep. Greasing your seat post will not make it slip.
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