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Old 10-15-10, 08:45 PM   #1
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Trouble installing new bike seat, trouble with seat post clamp and saddle rails

I am kind of a bike newb, but I am trying to replace the old hard seat on my bike with a wider, softer seat.

The seatpost with my bike is a 28.8mm Kalloy seat post, the kind with a single bolt clamp at the very top that is supposed to clamp down on the rails of the bike seat.

I bought a new bike seat (link: http://www.amazon.com/Sunlite-Cloud-...7196691&sr=8-4) that is wide so it won't hurt my butt as much.

The rails underneath the seat seem to be just a few centimeters wider than the clamp grooves, so that the rails of the seat cannot fit snugly within the grooves of the clamp.

I am curious about what I can do about this besides buying a new seatpost/clamp, and even if that would do any good. Is it common for seat rails to be different distances apart from each other? Is there anyone that makes a 28.8mm seatpost besides Kalloy? It might be easier if I could get one that is just a pole that narrows toward the top, instead of messing around with the clamps. The last thing I want to do is buy another seat post and find out the the clamp grooves are still too far apart.

Thank you very much for your time
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Old 10-15-10, 10:55 PM   #2
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few centimeters or millimeters?
if its possible id say just try and muscle it in there!
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I've had to squeeze the rails to get 'em in there before.
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I've had to squeeze the rails to get 'em in there before.
It may just be millimeters. Anyway, I think I will probably have to squeeze it in.
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Is there any particular technique to this or recommended tools? I tried using a set of pliers and the only thing I have managed to do is scuff it up.
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Pair of vise grips/channel locks & a little pressure. Test fit until you get the right distance between the rails.
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just muscle i think.
maybe wrap a shoe string with a stick at the end around the rails and twist the stick til the rails move closer together?
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