Bicycle Mechanics - Can't get saddle off of seatpost
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I need to replace the saddle on my new bike with my Brooks. I've been turning on the bolt so hard that I'm beginning to strip it. It won't budge. And before anyone asks, yes I'm turning it the right way.
Any suggestions? It's not a fancy seatpost on there so I'm half tempted to just go buy a new seatpost and deal with it that way.
10-24-06, 11:00 PM
if you're gonna junk it, you may as well try using a hammer to force it to slide off the rails first. i've done that once, and nothing got damaged.
plus, it's a good excuse to use a hammer on a bike job.
cut the bolt and be done with it.
10-25-06, 08:58 AM
Penetrant, an impact wrench and maybe some temp change might get the bolt out.
Any drilling would likely not be worth it unless you want to keep the old seat. You'd likely have to fix the post to reuse it which does not sound like it is worth it.
I have heard of seat posts getting stuck, but having the bolt on the saddle get stuck is pretty unusual.
Is it turning and not coming off? Could it be that someone over-tightened it and stripped the threads so that you can't get it off no matter how much you turn it?
I have to guess that all the parts are steel. If, for some crazy reason one material is aluminum and the other is steel - you will never get it off because the two metals fuse together.
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