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Lost my saddle today...

Old 06-12-08, 12:59 PM
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Lost my saddle today...

No really, I actually had my saddle come off during a ride. Here's a summary from one of my friends (to everyone else I know).

"So at the tail end of our ride this morning, on the bike trail just before the Arlington line, one of the most ridiculous things happened. Oppie stood up on the pedals as we approached a crossing and, doink, his saddle fell of the seat post. I'm not even sure he knew it at first - so I had to yell to him before he treated himself to a Fuji proctological exam."

Whoops I knew I needed a new seatpost because the one I have keeps loosening, but this is ridiculous.
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Wow. You never found it?
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Old 06-12-08, 01:28 PM
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Well no, I found it right away. Maybe I should change the title of my thread to "dropped" my saddle.
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Originally Posted by eippo1 View Post
... "dropped" my saddle.
But did your saddle know it was a race?
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Hah, apparently not.
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Originally Posted by steaktaco View Post
But did your saddle know it was a race?
Saddle was on recovery ride.
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Originally Posted by eippo1 View Post
No really, I actually had my saddle come off during a ride. Here's a summary from one of my friends (to everyone else I know).

"So at the tail end of our ride this morning, on the bike trail just before the Arlington line, one of the most ridiculous things happened. Oppie stood up on the pedals as we approached a crossing and, doink, his saddle fell of the seat post. I'm not even sure he knew it at first - so I had to yell to him before he treated himself to a Fuji proctological exam."

Whoops I knew I needed a new seatpost because the one I have keeps loosening, but this is ridiculous.
is this a single bolt seatpost with a toothed clamp?
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Originally Posted by steaktaco View Post
But did your saddle know it was a race?
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I would have thought it would wobble or rattle around a bit before getting so loose it just falls off.
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It rattled just long enough for me to wonder wtf is that coming from my bike - about 30 seconds. The clamp is u-shaped with 2 "rods" that go on top of the rails. It never stays tight and often loosens. I check it before every ride, but I think it's time I gave it the heave-ho
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make / model of the seatpost?

(I'm guessing Thomson)
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Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
make / model of the seatpost?

(I'm guessing Thomson)
He said it never stays tight. That is some cheap brand. Thomson's don't work loose
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Weird stuff. I was going to ask about a related issue with clamps and saddle rails.

Should saddle rails fit exactly on/into the clamp? On my new Lemond the Bontrager saddle clamp fit the Forte saddle rails nicely. I put my new Selle SLK 'gel flow' on tonite and, I had to squeeze the rails with my hand and then tighten the bolt down.

I rode off thinking, damn, if that bolt loosens my saddle is flying off.

Should I be checking into another Bontrager saddle clamp or are all the same dimensions?
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This actually happened with my MTB. I was out on the trails doing some drops with my SpeedBall (for those who don't know, it's an adjustable seatpost). It has a pretty weird clamp, and my Flite didn't quite fit it perfect.

I did a drop, came down hard on the back of my saddle and *pop*- off it goes. Needless to say I hit my arse on the tire, which dragged my balls along the tread and almost into the stays.

It hurt.
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