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Old 05-17-07, 02:13 PM
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creaking seat problems

I have a seat creaking problem. I’ve tightened my seat rail clamp as much as I can without the aid of an iron pipe as a lever, and it continues to creak.
It’s a Sella Flite saddle with Ti rails and I’m using a alloy 31.6 single bolt post. I get this very annoying creaking on hard climbs when seated and I don’t know what else to do. I did spray the rails with WD-40 then retightened. The creaking is less, but it still does it on hard climbs where I tend to move a bit. Should I put some high strength assembly lube on the bolt and on the inside of the rail clamps or will that allow the saddle to slide in the clamp?
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Old 05-17-07, 09:51 PM
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Option 1: lightly grease the rails and clamp. Trust me, it won't slip.

Option 2: wrap some plumber's teflon tape around the rails where they are clamped (neater than grease and teflon tape is also good for BB creaks).

Free coaching tip from an ex-racer who now drinks beer and doesn't ride enough and who never rode enough even when he was supposedly in shape and never really lived up to his potential, not that he was ever going to be anything more than a Cat 3 back-of-the-packer: your body should be still when you are seated & climbing. Any extra motion is wasted effort - other than your legs, the only other part of you that should be working are your arms as you pull on the bars. Recall Phil's voice crooning, "The little Italian is dancing away on the pedals!" (Long live Pantani's memory!)
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Old 05-18-07, 11:16 AM
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Metabike, thanks for the input I was even thinking electrical tape, but Iíll give the grease a go. Yea I move quite a bit and I need to sit still, just canít seem to when tired and the climbs get long and hard. I was climbing a 16mi 21 switchback route last weekend and some of the Navigator.com team guys road by like the weíre riding the flats, no movement below the hips and I was all over the place and topped out on a 39x26, with at least 12 miles of climbing to go. In time Iíll get better at the climbs. Iím use to the mountain bike where I seem to move all around dealing with trail stuff.

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Old 05-18-07, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by dingoe
Metabike, thanks for the input I was even thinking electrical tape, but Iíll give the grease a go. Yea I move quite a bit and I need to sit still, just canít seem to when tired and the climbs get long and hard. I was climbing a 16mi 21 switchback route last weekend and some of the Navigator.com team guys road by like the weíre riding the flats, no movement below the hips and I was all over the place and topped out on a 39x26, with at least 12 miles of climbing to go. In time Iíll get better at the climbs. Iím use to the mountain bike where I seem to move all around dealing with trail stuff.

Thanks Ed
Man, if I could climb with no movement below the hips, I'd be king of every mountain!

But seriously, you might try lightly greasing your seatpost too. It's hard to hear exactly where creaks are coming from when you're on the bike, and it's hard to recreate them off of it. So it's worth a shot.

If that doesn't fix it, mount your bike on a trainer, chock up the front wheel like you're climbing and have your wife/friend/whoever listen for the creak and maybe you'll get a better finger on it.
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Old 05-21-07, 09:44 AM
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Below / Above; guess the altitude was effecting my vision.
Thanks for all the input, I ended up using a Bell-Rey motorcycle assembly (thick messy stuff) on the rails and the post, got in a short ride with climbs and all seemed to work well.
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