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Old 07-05-12, 06:43 AM
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my swallow sagged

Several years ago I bought a new brooks swallow, and I put it on my '79 raleigh track bike, which I rode sparingly. After a few months I noticed some very light, very small wrinkle-like lines in the saddle. I attributed that to the thinner cut of leather used for the saddle. It was very comfortable so I left it alone. Recently I switched to saddle to one of my commuters ('85 merckx), and after a few rides I noticed a slight sagging. When I went to tighten the saddle the adjusting bolt was finger loose! Either sent out loose from the factory or it worked its way loose? I tightened it up but now I wonder if the saddle has been compromised or will stay stiff, for how long?
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Old 07-05-12, 06:58 AM
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Originally Posted by norskagent View Post
Several years ago I bought a new brooks swallow, and I put it on my '79 raleigh track bike, which I rode sparingly. After a few months I noticed some very light, very small wrinkle-like lines in the saddle. I attributed that to the thinner cut of leather used for the saddle. It was very comfortable so I left it alone. Recently I switched to saddle to one of my commuters ('85 merckx), and after a few rides I noticed a slight sagging. When I went to tighten the saddle the adjusting bolt was finger loose! Either sent out loose from the factory or it worked its way loose? I tightened it up but now I wonder if the saddle has been compromised or will stay stiff, for how long?

I just adjusted a ti Swallow on a friend's everyday rider.

Did this a month ago and it's fine.

Squeaking and creaking went away, as I lubed the tensioning bolt at the same time.

Wasn't a big deal, as he has logged another 1,000 miles in the past month.
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Old 07-05-12, 07:15 AM
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"Don't be sag, be glad!" that's what the tension bolt is for. Your weren't putting any more pressure, weight or tension on the saddle with the bolt loose anyway. Ride on and be happy! The few times I've tensioned or tightened the laces on my Brooks have alway been good experiences
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