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Securing Your Parts - Theft Deterrent Bolts/Nuts/Etc.?

Old 08-27-07, 10:09 AM
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Securing Your Parts - Theft Deterrent Bolts/Nuts/Etc.?

I was recently gifted an awesome Brooks Saddle from my girlfriend's father [avid road biker] and want to do nothing but put it on my bike! However - the average LES fixie hipster with no scruples about thieving parts would most likely leap at the chance to swipe this seat...

I was wondering if there's any type of bolt/nut combos that are hard to rip off. Something that the Average Joe would have trouble loosening in order to steal my seat/post. Like how car wheels have wheel locks, is there any smaller scale version of a nut like that one could use on their bike?

I definitely dont feel comfortable putting this gift on my bike with run of the mill hardware nuts and bolts. If you guys have no suggestions, what do you think about using six lobe torque bolts and thread locking the nut end?



I know you guys are just as protective of your bikes and parts as I like to be, so lemme hear what you have to say
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Old 08-27-07, 10:14 AM
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Castle nut and cotter key :dunno:

Im new to this whole thing but I know that from wrenching on cars a castle nut and cotter key would be enough to deter your average theif
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Old 08-27-07, 10:16 AM
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put a length of old chain in an old tire tube then loop around your seat rail and then to your frame. i dont think many thieves carry around chainbreakers. who the hell steals chains!
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BB and Wax in allen bolt hole. Makes it harder to get but not impossible.
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or a locking bolt. i believe on guard makes some.
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Old 08-27-07, 10:20 AM
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https://www.peterwhitecycles.com/pitlock.asp

There are other companies, I just knew where to find this one.
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Originally Posted by prufrock View Post
put a length of old chain in an old tire tube then loop around your seat rail and then to your frame. i dont think many thieves carry around chainbreakers. who the hell steals chains!
youknow! nothing like that had occurred to me!
that's a damn good idea. let them unbolt my seat, only to discover that it's staying!

cool
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Old 08-27-07, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by lvleph View Post
BB and Wax in allen bolt hole. Makes it harder to get but not impossible.
that's def. another cool idea.
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Old 08-27-07, 10:23 AM
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After you get the seat set up the way you like it you can drop a dollop of solder into the allen hole. If you coat the inside of the hole with resin before hand you can just pop it out when you want to readjust it later using a small screwdriver or chisel.
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Old 08-27-07, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by asherlighn View Post
After you get the seat set up the way you like it you can drop a dollop of solder into the allen hole. If you coat the inside of the hole with resin before hand you can just pop it out when you want to readjust it later using a small screwdriver or chisel.
Or the soldering iron to heat it back up and a suction bulb.
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Old 08-27-07, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by lvleph View Post
Or the soldering iron to heat it back up and a suction bulb.
I must have a really cheap suction bulb cause it always leaves little beads. Am I not doing it right or do I need to put on more heat or what? Sorry for the OT post.
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quick release clamp and take it with you. nothing else will really stop someone from taking it, if they really want it.
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Originally Posted by asherlighn View Post
I must have a really cheap suction bulb cause it always leaves little beads. Am I not doing it right or do I need to put on more heat or what? Sorry for the OT post.
It is difficult to get all of the solder up, and so I use a brush too. However, there will still be a little thin layer of solder still there. (Of course, that is on a circuit board)
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solder doesn't stick well in a bolt head. the bolt is a massive heat sink that you'll never heat up to a high enough temperature with a soldering iron

search for an old thread by dolface on this topic.
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Originally Posted by prufrock View Post
put a length of old chain in an old tire tube then loop around your seat rail and then to your frame. i dont think many thieves carry around chainbreakers. who the hell steals chains!
This makes for a nice accessory, but won't protect your seat for squat. Chain is easy to break, even if they don't have $5 wire cutters they can just twist the saddle until the chain separates.
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