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Old 12-22-09, 10:26 AM   #1
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Fixing bent saddle rails. Ideas?

How should I go about fixing this tweaked saddle rail on the Concor?
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Old 12-22-09, 10:30 AM   #2
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If you have a large enough bench vice, could you clamp the rail between the jaws?
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Old 12-22-09, 10:32 AM   #3
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How should I go about fixing this tweaked saddle rail on the Concor?
1) take old saddle with bent rail and place in trash
2) buy new (old stock) concor and put it on bike.

seriously, I wouldn't ride a saddle that had it's rails 'fixed', it's not worth the risk of the rail breaking
with you sitting on the saddle.

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hard to say which way you have to bend them back from this view. is it just a side to side thing? I would also hesitate to bend back the rails if it is carbon fiber, meaning steel and be manipulated but other materials would be questionable. looks like an old saddle? why not toss it - is it something special?
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I have a leather saddle that came with a freebie bike........I have tried to straighten it a couple of times, but it still does not seem to be quite right.

I tried twisting it back while mounted. It has steel rails and is better, but again, not quite right.
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Old 12-22-09, 01:06 PM   #7
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1) take old saddle with bent rail and place in trash
2) buy new (old stock) concor and put it on bike.

seriously, I wouldn't ride a saddle that had it's rails 'fixed', it's not worth the risk of the rail breaking
with you sitting on the saddle.

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I agree, hard as it may be to do to a classic Concor, you should really trash the saddle, specially if it has alloy rails (Superleggera version) that do not take well to bending around too much without cracking and breaking. If they are steel rails you might have a chance to still straighten them, but you should also consider what will happen to the mounting poins on the plastic base thatmight loosen up if you start wrenching/bending back those rails to shape.
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Get another saddle! It is foolish to fool with both safety and comfort when you consider that it will cost about ten dollars or less for a replacement.
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If they're anything but steel rails, forget about it -- toss the saddle. With steel rails you can grab the rail with a Channel-Lock pliers and wrestle it back into position. Be prepared to have one or both ends of the rail pop out of their sockets. Reattach with a strong epoxy if this happens.
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Get another saddle! It is foolish to fool with both safety and comfort when you consider that it will cost about ten dollars or less for a replacement.
Uhmmm.....10 dollars???..... what kind of saddle might that be???.....

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In all my years repairing bikes, I can't say that I was ever successful in bending seat rails back to their original position. It is extremely difficult, close to impossible. Buy a new saddle.
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Next time the seat post is stuck, take the saddle off before you get out the big wrench. I actually have a saddle I use for that activity.

I've not paid more than $40 for a saddle. I did trade a crankset and two sets of decals for a pretty new Rolls. My natural padding pretty much handles anything.

I've often wondered ifyou can pull the rails out. (Hey, it's C&V, we'd work 8 hours to save 3.50)
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Old 12-22-09, 07:33 PM   #13
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Unless that saddle is realy important to you buy a new or used saddle that is straight. Never have had a problem with seats and never hope to. I wouldn't attempt fixing it unless I was stranded on an island and had the only seat on that island. You would need to hold the seat firm in a vice to clamp one of the rails to move it. Even if you did move the rail to where you wanted it , the seat probably would get damaged from being clamped. If you pryed against the other rail , you would bend that one as well. Get my drift. Next to impossible. Save yourself the frustration and buy a new saddle.
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Uhmmm.....10 dollars???..... what kind of saddle might that be???.....
Every now and again I spot a decent saddle in the take-off or very slightly used bin at one of the local bike shops. Yard sales have been known to produce saddles for a dollar or two. And I frequently see saddles on Ebay offered for ten bucks or less that do not sell. Of course, the Ebay saddle will have shipping costs attached. A simple add on Craigslist or Kijiji asking for someone to sell a road bike saddle will likely produce results for little cash outlay and you might be surprised at what you get.
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Old 12-22-09, 08:48 PM   #15
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Meh, just a cheap bastard so i was hoping to scavenge the San Marco Concor for trainer use or some such thing. It came that way on the Trek I bought.
I guess i figured the answer was no but thought someone knew the magic secret.

I certainly can;t get a concor for $10...
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