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Old 08-16-08, 09:24 PM
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do you secure your expensive saddle?

If so, how?
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Old 08-16-08, 09:59 PM
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Riding home without a seat sucks. I use a drive chain. Use the chain breaker to reinsert the pin.
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Old 08-16-08, 10:04 PM
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I use Pit Locks.
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Old 08-16-08, 10:05 PM
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That chain is brilliant! I use a seat post clamp that has an allen head bolt, rather than the quick release lever. Other than that, I don't worry abut it too much. I am lucky, I get to keep my bike in the office all day, garage at home. If I had to leave it outside in a rack all day, I'd steal your idea for sure.
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Old 08-16-08, 10:42 PM
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When I use my Trek 4300 (qr clamp) I have a $3 combo cable that I string through.
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Old 08-16-08, 11:13 PM
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The chain method looks awesome. As far as Pitlocks, that just locks the seatpost, not the saddle itself. I'll get a cable and run it through the rails. Thanks guys for your input.
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Old 08-17-08, 12:18 AM
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I LOVE the chain locking. It's brilliant and artful all at the same time!

The only expensive saddle I have is my new Brooks. And I don't think there's a thief around that would give it a second look. It looks too much like an old codger saddle. Especially since it's currently on my parts bin SS special.
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Old 08-17-08, 07:08 AM
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No, but I don't even lock my bike in the area where I live, so I guess my vote is irrelevant to most people.
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Originally Posted by XavierB View Post
Riding home without a seat sucks. I use a drive chain. Use the chain breaker to reinsert the pin.
Brilliant!, I never thought of it.
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Old 08-17-08, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by XavierB View Post


Riding home without a seat sucks. I use a drive chain. Use the chain breaker to reinsert the pin.
like this, but i usually slip an old inner tube over it and tape it to the seat post. leaves adhesive crud behind, but my commuter isn't pretty....
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Cable through the rails for me.
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Old 08-17-08, 11:36 PM
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Nope. One of these days I'm going to come out and find it missing. I'll mourn briefly, then head over to the bike shop the next day for a new one and a non-QR seat clamp.

I've got a thin cable I'll probably start wiring through the rails and my U-lock, though, when my night class starts. But during the day? Eh.
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Feed the chain into an old cut tube, to protect the paint, that is how I have seen that used. I would uses it but my saddle is crap right now.

But when I get my new saddle soon.
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Shoe Goo in the allen bolt head.
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If you should lose your saddle, check the rooftops and dumpsters nearby. At least 70% of the time it's a punk that is taking a target of opportunity to give someone some grief, rather than someone who wants or needs a seat.

If you need a new/different/used seat, check the rooftops near a bike rack. Take your choice, clean the pigeon poop off, and Bob's your uncle.
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Old 08-18-08, 06:36 AM
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I have a non-quick release seatpost collar on one bike, and my other bike is a folder.
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I use a non-QR. Other than that, no official locking mechanism.
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Old 08-18-08, 07:43 AM
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I've never used a QR on a seat post. I always assumed that the point of it was so you could take your expensive saddle with you when you lock it up.
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I rarely find the need to lock my bike at all.
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I run a cable lock through the seat rails if I'm going to be leaving my bike unattended for an extended period of time.
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Originally Posted by pgoat View Post
like this, but i usually slip an old inner tube over it and tape it to the seat post. leaves adhesive crud behind, but my commuter isn't pretty....
+1 but I use a zip tie instead of duct tape or electrical tape. It's all free from your LBS.
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Originally Posted by mijome07 View Post
If so, how?

My quick release lost the handle so I swapped it out for bolts. I park outside all day - but in a semi - good spot. I decided to take the risk ... and am currently still getting away with it.

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I don't leave my bike locked anyplace I have to worry about coming back to missing parts. I've got too much invested in my bike to lock it in a crummy area.
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I like the drive chain idea, saw it mentioned elsewhere as well. I salvaged a wornout lightweight 10speed chain from the shop with hollowed out pins that I'll be slipping into some clear tubing.

The neat thing about using a drive chain is if you ever have the rare problem of busting a chain on a ride you will have spare links right there on your seat.

As to the ShoeGoo or other junk stuffed into the screw heads, how do you get it out if you want to remove the saddle or post? If it's easy to get out at home then it's also easy for a thief on the street, likewise if it's hard for the thief then it's also hard at home and probably not worth the hassle factor.

The only expensive saddle I have is my new Brooks. And I don't think there's a thief around that would give it a second look.
You might be surprised at how market saavy some of the thieves these days are. You're not talking about the crack junkie or wino looking to make a quick $1.50, instead you're talking about the shadow hipster snagging parts and ebaying or CL'ing them. Your Brooks saddle is prime fodder to those types of thieves, especially if it looks well broke/worn in if they have a ready buyer looking to buy some quick image miles for their walk-a-bout poseur bike. A rider on another forum mentioned being in L.A. recently and seeing a bunch of bikes that had their saddles stolen.
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Originally Posted by treebound View Post
...seeing a bunch of bikes that had their saddles stolen.
That's exactly my point. Bike thieves today [so I've heard] are stealing components, not the actual bike. I'm not gonna become another statistic! Thanks everyone for your input.
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