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Old 03-16-07, 04:42 PM   #1
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Seat Collar Rubbing Holes In My Bibs

So, I just got a set of Bibs from aerotech. My first pair of bike shorts since I started riding six months ago and I have to wonder why I waited so long. Unfortunately, the rear of the inseam drags on my seat collar a little bit and will definitely wear through in no time flat. Was thinking about a little gaffers tape (think less sticky/softer duck tape) wrapped arround the collar but any other ideas would be appreciated.

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I'm not sure I understand this question. Unless you have a really skinny saddle?

Does it rub on both sides?
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If you have a collar, you can turn it about 180 and have the binder bolt at the front of the seat tube/post and it will function as normal. I run mine that way. If the binder bolt bosses are brazed/welded to the seat tube, I can't help you.
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I'm not sure I understand this question. Unless you have a really skinny saddle?

Does it rub on both sides?
I had the same thought, I can't quite picture this based on my bikes setup. I'd have to contort myself to hit the collar.
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Old 03-16-07, 07:10 PM   #5
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Maybe not the collar, kinda hard to look down and see it but it does rub on both sides... my saddle is pretty narrow. Looking at the post assembly it could be the velcro on my seat bag, but I don't think so. Seemed pretty odd to me as well.

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It could be the edge of the seat. Check for burrs.
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Could you post a few pics? Something doesn't sound right in the state of Denver...
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I'll try to take some pictures when I ride this afternoon. Frame is a Giant OCR, so the seat collar is a long ways from the saddle, probbably eight inches or better. I'm going to change saddles to a slightly different one today as I don't need all the padding on this one since there is padding in the bibs, with that seat I'll be a little bit further forward and that may help as well.

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The velcro tab on my seatbag was rubbing my shorts, but only on one leg. I modified the bag's velcro strap: I took it off by cutting the stitching, cut it to about two inches, turned it 90 degrees, and sewed it back on. I had an O-ring that fit the seat post left over from my Sigma computer. The ring is around the seatpost, and the velcro attaches vertically over the O-ring on the back side of the post. So there's no velcro on the sides now.
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Looked again while reading this afternoon, and by pure geometry the only thing it could be is the collar. It's a big collar (oversized alluminum tubing thing), and a long ways down there so it doesn't seem so unreasonable. I'll try to chuck the bike up on a friends trainer for pictures, I just couldn't take any safely on the road that made any sense. In the meantime, I have half a bandana tied arround the collar.

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Dude, pay attention.
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Update, Change of seat solved the problem... now my big but has to get used to a new seat, but the overall geometry/fit/comfort etc whatever is a good bit better. I'm starting to really enjoy this cycling thing.

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Diesel and Hal, I know what ya both mean. In my case, when I bought my new seat, i had to move the seat forward as much as possible so that the binder collar was under the wide part of seat to keep my inner thighs from rubbing on it. My old seat had flanges that extended down far enough to keep your legs off of it.
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I had problems with the velcro on my seat wedge eating through my shorts. My solution was to wrap some electrical tape around it so that the velcro hooks wouldn't catch on the shorts. Not only did this accomplish the goal, the electrical tape is "stealth" because it's black.
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