If you cycle, you need a bike lock.
But even a mass of U-locks and chains can’t protect every part of your bike, particularly the saddle.
The saddle is a very important part of your bike, and considering how much they can cost – hundreds of dollars in some cases – you want to keep it secure.
A thief just needs an allen key and a few seconds to walk away with your bike seat. And if you use a quick release clamp, then you are practically giving the thief a chance to take away your saddle.
Cycling commuters are more vulnerable because they may not have a space to park at the office; hence, they may have to park their bikes in public places.
Three years ago, I was riding on the streets of Brooklyn, New York, when I noticed a bike messenger with a unique “feature” attached to his saddle – a rubber tube with a bike chain through it near the rear triangle of the bicycle.
Many bikes in the city use the same technique.
The messenger told me it was a cheap and effective thief deterrent.
More importantly, he showed me how to do it.
And what good is knowledge if it’s not shared?