How to secure your saddle

How to secure your saddle

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?

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