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    Saddle question on scwhinn varsity

    ok so i am builidng a schwinn varsity fixie jus for fun as a project to teach myself about bikes. I am putting a new saddle on it and i am having trouble tightening it to the seat post. It only tightens so much and falls forward. Could someone give me some advice?
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    Can someone give use some information?


    What year Varsity? What saddle? What seatpost?
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    Probably the old seatpost size 13/16" with that tiny top. You need to reuse all parts of the original seatpost clamp.

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    How hard is it? If it can't tighten that means the part your are trying to clamp on is too small. Maybe missing parts as mentioned or improvise, make the part thicker.

    Had the same prob with a battery post, so I cut off a piece from a coke can, made the post thick enuff for the clamp to go on snug. Use your left brain!

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    From Harris Cyclery site:
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/opc.html

    Wald 13/16" (21.15 m) Seatpost, 15 inches $9.95 Many older U.S. made bikes take this thin size. Unfortunately, there's very little choice in this diameter. This Wald galvanized steel seatpost is plenty long, but if fully extended, a heavier rider may well cause it to bend. The top end is enlarged to 7/8" to fit standard saddle clamps.

    (same seatpost avail from other sources)

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    Sometimes there are shims that came with the original post to accomodate the clamp that was too large.

    Sometimes the clamp from the original saddle has a smaller clamp area, but would still fit on the rails of a standard saddle, if you kept it around.

    Ask in Classic & Vintage, and someone may have one or the other they may be willing to send your way in exchange for S&H... or maybe even hand it to you if they are local.
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    If it's one of the old tiny ones, I found an after-market post that lets you fit up a modern double-rail saddle. Can't remember the brand, but at least we know it exists.
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