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Old 10-04-06, 09:45 PM   #1
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best way to fix a creaky saddle?

at least I am pretty sure it is the saddle or maybe seat post.

My wife helped me narrow it down to that area.

No creaks when standing on the pedals, just when seated. This was on the trainer last night but it make the same noise out on the road, only when seated.

Should I tighten the saddle clamp and seat post bolt? Or just one or the other? Or greese and tighten?
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Old 10-04-06, 10:12 PM   #2
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In my experience the noise comes from dust build up where the seat clamp plates contact the body of the clamp. Dissassemble, inspect, lightly lube, reinstall & test.
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Old 10-04-06, 10:23 PM   #3
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While you are at it, remove the seat post & lubricate & reinstall. The sound could be coming from there.
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Easy fix for a saddle that might work for yours. I had a new WTB saddle, and it was very creaky. Did all the usual -- talc/oil along seams of leather, tightening bolts, etc. Nothing worked.

Then, I tried flexing/bending the plastic "form" over which the leather is stretched and attached (along the sides of the horn of the saddle). Worked like a charm. The form, being new plastic, hadn't undergone full deformation, and so the creaking was caused by the continual springing action of the plastic as it flexed and then returned to its original shape. After fatiguing the plastic by hand, I haven't heard from it since.
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Old 10-06-06, 08:40 AM   #5
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I put a new Selle Italia Flite saddle on a Bontrager seat post and had a squeak. Thought it was the saddle since I had an older Flite saddle on it and it was quiet. It turns out that the leather edges of the saddle where there are tucked under rub the top rail cradle of the seat post (my saddle is pushed all the way back). Anyhoo, took a while to find it, but when I did a little non petroleum lube on the cradle stopped the squeak. Be careful though, petroleum lubes can dissolve the glue that holds the leather down. Just my experience.
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