Tuesday, July 31, 2012

DIY Saddle Security

My neighbor recently had her bike saddle and seatpost stolen and she was pretty bummed about it. I know the feeling. A few years ago I had the same thing happen, a thief stole my Brooks saddle, seatpost and tool bag while my bike was locked up to a bike rack. While quick release levers make it easy and simple to vary your saddle height, they also make it really easy for some nasty person to steal a seat in seconds. Allen bolt, security bolts, or a cable through the saddle rails can make things more complicated for a thief.

For her new saddle & post, we added the bit of zero-cost security shown below. We ran a bit of old chain through a section of old inner tube, looped the wrapped chain around the saddle rails and frame and connected the chain with a chain tool. The tubing protects the bike frame and helps keep the chain from clanking around too much. This bit of added security should make the saddle a somewhat less tempting target to the scum of the earth. Of course, a scumball with tools can still steal stuff, but every bit helps.

Keep 'em rolling and keep 'em safe,

Kent "Mountain Turtle" Peterson
Issaquah WA USA

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