How to Lock Your Bike Seat

How to Lock Your Bike Seat

This is one of the many ways that you can use to prevent your bike seat from being stolen! This is a way that is better than using one of those hex nut ones …

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25 thoughts on “How to Lock Your Bike Seat

  1. and now… we just need a chain braker to get the saddle. I left my bike
    right to the bus stop on a bike parking slot. The morons just took their
    time pretending they were taking the stuff as if the bike belonged to them.
    Nobody around
    gave a fuck about it.

  2. great little tip, but if it was me i would probably use cable heat shrink
    tubing to shrink around the chain…just an idea 🙂 

  3. what if you flip the top part in then roll the bottom part up over it and
    no fing tape is needed then take some kind of heat and heat the two
    together

  4. Looks pretty good. Maybe make another one for the other rail. A little heat
    shrink wrap instead of electrical tape also. Can bolt cutters easily cut
    through bike chain? If I really wanted to protect my seat, I’d probably
    just get a bigger backpack and take the seat and post with me. I went with
    the Kryptonite heavy chain with New York U-loc for the frame plus both
    wheels and an On Guard U-Lock for the frame. I might make this chain for
    the seat … thanks for the tip.

  5. 20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A tip for making this more useful…., June 9, 2012
    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Avenir Seat Locker (3mm / 2 feet) (Sports)
    The product is fine: is what it is.

    One thing to improve your “saddle retention” is to remove the cinch bolt or quick release that holds the seat post in the seat tube of your bike and replace it. I replaced mine with a bolt which has an Allen key head in english (3/16″), *not* metric!!

    Many thieves carry a set of metric Allen (hex) wrenches, but rarely if ever in English. Or use a suitable bolt with a Torx head. See Wiki under “screw drives” for all the options. I even ran the seat post cinch bolt *through* the small cable loop, so I don’t even need to use the U-lock on the mini-cable.

    Iron-clad? Nope: nothing is–at least nothing short of a ball-n-chain which you’d never want to carry around. But every little bit helps deter or frustrate stupid casual thieves. On commuter bikes, this product and these strategies are well worth the modest trouble of using/installing.

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  6. 15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Prevent “Grab & Run”, November 19, 2010
    By 
    Old Hippie (St. Louis, MO.) –

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Avenir Seat Locker (3mm / 2 feet) (Sports)
    The cardboard display this Avenir Seat Locker comes attached to describes it perfectly…”Thin anti grab and run cable”.

    If a thief even has a decent pair of side cutters – this will be useless. But most saddle (seat) thefts are a simple matter of opportunity. Someone sees a nice saddle and/or seatpost they want on a quick release mechanism and away they go – with your property! This will prevent that “theft of opportunity”.

    If you have a thicker cable lock or U-Bolt lock, you’ll need to pass the wide end through the small end – but this can be done. Simply loop it around a seat rail and then down to your cable or U-Bolt lock. Will take maybe an extra 30 seconds to lock up your bike. ALL bikes today need to be locked up properly. Theft can happen anywhere at anytime.

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  7. 6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Perfect for my needs., August 14, 2012
    By 
    John M. Hammer (New York City, NY) –

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    This review is from: Avenir Seat Locker (3mm / 2 feet) (Sports)
    I wanted something that would secure my saddle (which is sitting on top of a seat post with a quick-release adjustment) and rack-top trunk bag (which is secured to my rack only with velcro straps) against casual theft, and which I could leave on all the time. This cable is the exact length I needed and threads through my saddle rails, a bit of my bike frame, a bit of my rack, and a loop on my trunk just perfectly. The entire cable is covered with a soft material to prevent scratching of the finish on the bike. The price is right and the quality of manufacture seems good.

    I am using this inexpensive, small, light lock with this cable:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001M0NZ7M/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00

    The cable doesn’t rattle against my frame or the rack thanks to the soft covering, and by positioning the lock in the right spot, snug against my soft trunk bag, it doesn’t rattle either. When riding, there’s nothing to notice: Not the imperceptible bit of extra weight, no extra wind resistance, no noise, and it isn’t immediately visible either since the cable is mostly hidden between my saddle and my trunk.

    Obviously this cable is useless against any thief with basic tools, even something as simple as a hand-held wire cutter. As the cable’s own package states, it’s to prevent “grab and run” attacks. As always, security and convenience are inversely proportional. If you want better security, you need a thicker/heavier cable with a larger/heavier lock and quite possibly will have to string it up and break it down each time you lock/unlock your bike. For me, this cable hits the sweet spot; leaving it on all the time adds barely any weight, plus I don’t have to think about locking or unlocking it when I secure my bicycle. I feel much more confident that my saddle and bag will be there when I get back to the bike after a stop into the grocery store or movie theater.

    This is the second Avenir product I have purchased with a silly typo on the packaging. (It’s “anti” not “aniti” – Avenir, I’m available for proofreading and editing!) Other than that, I have zero issues with this product. I’m going to buy more of them, and more of those locks, for my other bikes.

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