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October 5th, 2005
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Someone stole my bike saddle*. I have been and bought a new one. Why is life full of small chores and spending money?

Haven't heard back from job. Ah well. Good interview practise :/

* I have known this would happen for the past two years; I bought a brand new bike to celebrate gaining my degree and moving to Rivendell, and was a little narked that Mike's Bikes were trying to sell me one with quick release wheels without mentioning that this might be sub-optimal for a Cambridge bike. Luckilly I noticed this before I left the shop and got them to replace the funky quick release stuff with more practical bolts. It was, however, another two days before I twigged that the saddle was quick release, and I've been waiting for it to be nicked, in an "oh, it'll be OK, and I don't have the time to get this sorted now" way, ever since. It doesn't stop it being annoying when it does.

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From:ex_robhu
Date:October 5th, 2005 10:44 am (UTC)
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Why is life full of small chores and spending money?
... and petty criminals!
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From:pjc50
Date:October 5th, 2005 10:47 am (UTC)
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Cable ties. Makes it a bit less quick to release.
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From:senji
Date:October 5th, 2005 10:51 am (UTC)
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I've never had my quick-release wheels stolen. Had my QR saddle stolen quite quickly though, and got Chris to make the replacement slow-release.
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From:edith_the_hutt
Date:October 5th, 2005 11:04 am (UTC)
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I have a hole in my slow-release saddle, never had it nicked.
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From:miss_next
Date:October 5th, 2005 11:01 am (UTC)
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How very tiresome!
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From:purplepiano
Date:October 5th, 2005 11:15 am (UTC)
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Someone nicked my bouncy bike saddle once and put their old crummy one in its place! Quite considerate!
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From:atreic
Date:October 5th, 2005 11:18 am (UTC)
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Gosh, you're the second person to tell me a "my bike saddle was swapped" anecdote today... there must be a lot of kind hearted theives out there...
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:October 5th, 2005 11:22 am (UTC)
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Or it might be slightly less likely to be noticed by someone? Or, well, thieves are people too. If it's someone opportunistic with their own bike, you might as well put the old saddle *somewhere* :)

But *big hugs*. You've been busy recently.
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From:catyak
Date:October 5th, 2005 12:10 pm (UTC)
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I have quick release wheels but I also have a long cable lock that can be looped through both wheels and the bike frame as an added deterrent to others who might covet the wheels. It also helps that my bike doesn't often get left in Cambridge.

D
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From:satanicsocks
Date:October 5th, 2005 12:39 pm (UTC)
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I have a folding bike with entirely quick-release saddle but I loop the lock through the springs.

Didn't stop some buggers stealing the padded velcro thing that goes around the handlebar tube (hard to describe, has no discernible function other than making it easier to fold up), and the headphones I'd improvised as a "stand restraint" since the stand kept falling down.

Except they cut the headphones, leaving half behind. Entirely petty pointless vandalism, since I expect the hinges stumped them. (This isn't in Cambridge, we have a lower class of bike thief here.)
From:ex_robhu
Date:October 5th, 2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
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You could fill the frame with super compressed air - that way if they tried to steal it it would fly up into their face and knock them out.

It would also double as an emergency rocket escape seat should the need arise.
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From:deborah_c
Date:October 5th, 2005 12:46 pm (UTC)
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I've always replaced the levers on quick release wheels with cams that need an allen key to work them. This at least slows people down a little.

Why would anyone *need* a quick-release saddle, though? I've never had to mend a puncture in one...
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From:olithered
Date:October 5th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
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Where does one aquire such cams?
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From:deborah_c
Date:October 5th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC)
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I think I've got them from Ben Hayward before. They replace the levers on the quick-release spindle.

This was, admittedly, after going away for the weekend, leaving my bike at the station locked up, and coming back to find (amongst other things) that with both wheels and the frame locked to solid objects, someone had stolen the spindles, the gear levers, and random other bits which *couldn't* be locked. I noticed when I pulled the bike out of the rack and the front wheel fell off. *eyeroll*
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From:arkannath
Date:October 5th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
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I've had a similar experience. In my case, it was the little magnetic wheel attachment for a cycle computer that got nicked.

Didn't bother me much as the computer in question had died :-)
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From:robert_jones
Date:October 5th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
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I'm under the impression that the idea is to take the saddle away when parking the bike, so as to discourage thieves.
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From:feanelwa
Date:October 5th, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC)
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So that you can alter the height when your kid grows without having to find the right spanner that's fallen into the flowerbed and undo the nut and bolt in between the whole sit on it, ride it, come back, don't fall off, please don't wander off and do something else routine.
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From:feanelwa
Date:October 5th, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Actually Robert's reason is better.
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From:mair_aw
Date:October 5th, 2005 04:42 pm (UTC)
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I guess I was lucky in cambridge, I had a bike with quick release wheels there for 3.5 years and none of them were ever stolen. The quick release saddle was stolen in my first year when I left it locked outside someone's house (towards the front) for two weeks, which was probably my own fault...
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From:feanelwa
Date:October 5th, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Nobody's ever nicked my quick release saddle. It's rusted on. Luckily it's the right height.
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