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Old 08-12-08, 09:12 PM   #1
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Brooks B17 Squeaking

I had my bike down at the LBS tonight to try and figure out some squeaks coming from the front fork. At least that is what it sounded like on the bike. Instead, I'm finding that the squeaks are coming from the Brooks where the leather is riveted to the seat frame.

When I got the bike I put on Proofide and also re-applied it last week. I reapplied some tonight. The seat has about 400 miles on it. It still squeaks after tonights application.

Is it still breaking in? Amy I being too stingy with the Proofide? I thought I was pretty generous with it.

Also, somewhere I read something about dimples forming when the seat is broken in properly. I don't see any but I have to admit I don't know what I'm looking for.

All I know is that this squeak is driving me nuts. It's also quite embarrassing as I ride by other riders as it makes me look like someone that doesn't know how to maintain their bike properly.

Any ideas or suggestions would be welcome.
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Old 08-12-08, 09:43 PM   #2
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Take some Proofhide and smear it between the underside of the saddle and the bar the rivets are attached to. Take a hair dryer and get the Proofhide hot enough to run under the bar. I'd grease the rails where they contact the seat post too. I'm betting that's what is causing the noise.
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Old 08-12-08, 11:23 PM   #3
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It is probably coming from the nose of the saddle. A little penetrating oil where the rails and tensioner meet should cure it.
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Yep, could be the tensioner up front. Lube it, but also check to see if it's snug. Sometimes they don't tighten them at all from the factory.
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I followed all three suggestions and the problem went away. I did all three at the same time so I can't say for sure which one solved the problem. It might have been a bit from all three.
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