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Old 05-18-09, 08:00 AM   #1
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Tightening an Ideale saddle

Does anyone have any experience in adjusting older saddles? I have an Ideale 303 which has supported my posterior on a number of bikes for a great many years, probably coming up on 2 decades now. I found a picture of one on ebay France at http://cgi.ebay.fr/ANCIENNE-SELLE-ID...05129001r31370 which may not be around for long. I attach a picture even so. Mine though seems to have chrome springs, much shinier than the picture.

I moved to Bethesda MD around 9 years ago with my Mondia and was unable to commute to work as the office was simply too far away, so my cycling miles dropped. Recently however things have changed and so I have decided to start commuting by bike. As I find my venerable Mondia rather rough on the old bones I bought a Moulton TSR8 which is excellent. I used to ride a Moulton as a teenager and it is a delight to get back on one. I, of course, mounted the Ideale onto the Moulton.

What I find is that the center of the saddle appears to have sunk a little. The front is too prominent, high, and no matter how I adjust it I cannot get comfortable. So I set out to adjust the odd spring configuration to make it tighter, which I do not seem able to accomplish. This involves the large circular spring at the front which, I think, needs to be "out" all the way at the bottom, like the picture. Mine is not. Does not want to be. Under the very front part of the saddle, barely visible in the picture is a sort of screw that is almost embedded into the bracket that attaches to the front of the saddle, this appears to be a further adjustment for tightness, yet it seems to want some sort of special key to adjust.

Is there some process that anyone knows of for proper tightening of the rear-fore tension?

Another point is that, in the picture, the leather is all shiny and smooth. Mine is a little rough and definitely not shiny. I have used leather protection juices and the like, but nothing makes it shine like the picture. Does anyone have any ideas?

Thanks.

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Old 05-18-09, 08:31 AM   #2
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I'd get nervous about messing with the tension bolt. I've seen bad things happen.

Much safer to just lace the skirts. Google "lacing brooks saddle"
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Old 05-18-09, 12:12 PM   #3
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Ow! Like what bad things? Scary - important part the saddle and an important job it does! I can see why lacing would help, but I can also see that the tension should be increased. What could go wrong?
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