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    2nd Amendment Cyclist RichardGlover's Avatar
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    B17 Squeaking and Bouncing like a Sprung Saddle

    Last couple of weeks, I've been chasing down noisemakers on my bike.

    This morning, I isolated an intermittent squeaking noise to my saddle. Once I noticed it, i realized how bad it was. Hit a rough patch on the road while seated, and it squeaks two or three times as I bounce up and down on it. Bounce up and down on it intentionally, and it really complains.

    Now that I'm at work, I just isolated it further. It's coming from the leather rubbing on the front corners of the rear frame - just forward of the side-rear rivets.

    Time to finally tighten the bolt? Or should I add proofhide between the moving parts to quieten them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardGlover View Post
    Last couple of weeks, I've been chasing down noisemakers on my bike.

    This morning, I isolated an intermittent squeaking noise to my saddle. Once I noticed it, i realized how bad it was. Hit a rough patch on the road while seated, and it squeaks two or three times as I bounce up and down on it. Bounce up and down on it intentionally, and it really complains.

    Now that I'm at work, I just isolated it further. It's coming from the leather rubbing on the front corners of the rear frame - just forward of the side-rear rivets.

    Time to finally tighten the bolt? Or should I add proofhide between the moving parts to quieten them?
    I had a similar situation, that gradually got worse. The fix was a liberal dose of proofhide on leather to metal contact points and a slight (if I remember correctly, about half a turn) tensioning of the saddle. It has been whisper quiet since.

    Edited to add: My saddle had around 5000 miles on it when the squeek developed, and had been ridden in rainy conditions on tour several times.

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    Just put a little lubricant at the tension bolt. That did it for me.

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    I've had the same trouble and solved it the same way Tcmers did.

    But I kind of like Bacciagalupe's suggestion too, though I'd take it a bit further: after you're done lubing the bolt, you should re-tension your front brake cable, check the attachment points on your roof rack, and then add a small bit of bacon fat to every third carpet tack in the guest bedroom. If that doesn't fix a squeak between the saddle top and its support, I don't know what will.

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    All above+ saddlepin-saddle contact point have to be greased.

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