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    Seatpost shifter?

    I have a Brooks saddle that is at the end of its rails moved forward. The saddle is pretty well broken in at this point, but I think it would be more comfortable if I could just move it forward 1/4" to 1/2". Is there any specialty seatpost adapter that would allow me to do this? Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkS
    I have a Brooks saddle that is at the end of its rails moved forward. The saddle is pretty well broken in at this point, but I think it would be more comfortable if I could just move it forward 1/4" to 1/2". Is there any specialty seatpost adapter that would allow me to do this? Thanks!

    You could use a setback seatpost and turn it 180 degrees. But if you're really needing to slide the saddle that far forward, you're setup is wrong.
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    Try an inline seatpost

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peek the Geek
    You could use a setback seatpost and turn it 180 degrees. But if you're really needing to slide the saddle that far forward, you're setup is wrong.
    Thanks for the response and correct terminology. Looking through the archives, looks like its probably not a good idea to reverse a setback. Still, I only need about 1/4" inch or so. Must be someone's had this problem before.

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    What kind of seatpost do you have?

    Different seatposts have different setbacks. You need to find one with as little setback as possible, like a Thomson zero-setback or similar design. I think Kalloy makes one and it's real cheap.

    Those reverse-setback (setforward?) design seatposts are designed for triathletes and time trialists who sit right above their pedals while in their aero bars. They move the saddle a lot more forward than I suspect you'll want.

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    I thought you wanted to put gear shift levers on your seat post!
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    i too thought this thread was about installing shifters on the seatpost. might be handy if you ride hands free or upside down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by same time
    What kind of seatpost do you have?

    Different seatposts have different setbacks. You need to find one with as little setback as possible, like a Thomson zero-setback or similar design. I think Kalloy makes one and it's real cheap.

    Those reverse-setback (setforward?) design seatposts are designed for triathletes and time trialists who sit right above their pedals while in their aero bars. They move the saddle a lot more forward than I suspect you'll want.
    D'oh! Thanks for getting me thinking. My seat does have some setback. I'm able to turn it backwards, re-mount the seat, and now can slide it much further forwards, though the nose is pointed ever so slightly upwards. If it works out, is there any mechanical problem with doing it this way ... other than looking goofy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanguy frame
    I thought you wanted to put gear shift levers on your seat post!
    Yes, after posting I realized that I had really blown the terminology. If I did want to do that, would I be the first one? Think of all the cable you could save ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tanguy frame
    I thought you wanted to put gear shift levers on your seat post!
    That was my first thought too and I assumed this thread belonged in the Classic Bike forum

    Actually many years ago, front derailleur shift levers WERE mounted on the seat tube so this isn't unheard of.

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