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Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by got-to-get-fit, 31 Mar 2008.

  1. got-to-get-fit

    got-to-get-fit New Member

    Location:
    Yarm, Cleveland
    I need some creative solutions quick....


    On the way into work tonight the saddle dropped a few inches.
    When i got there i checked the seat post clamp and the allen bolt was loose.
    No problem i thought, i got the allen keys out and tightened it ..........too much....snap!!!

    shoot.....cos the bike is carbon it has a plastic seat post clamp.


    So to re-cap im here at work, facing the prospect of a 12 mile ride home at 6 in the morning with my seat all the way down, meaning im gonna have to ride home standing on the pedals all the time.

    Unless that is someone can come up with a solution.
    Please dont say a jubilee clip as i thought of that about an hour ago and have spent the last 60 mins in a fruitless search for one.

    Any other ideas........c'mon dont fail me now cycle chat members.
     
  2. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
    What environment do you work in? Is it an office, a factory, a formula one garage or a Texaco filling station. It'll help if we know what you may have lying about.
     
  3. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Stick something else of a specific length down the seat tube, such as the end of a broom, so that the seat tube will only be able to go in so far? it might be a bit wobbly, and you'll never get the other thing out, but it will put your saddle at the right height for the ride home.
     
  4. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Basically, I would say that you're zarked.

    If that helps at all?
     
  5. OP
    OP
    got-to-get-fit

    got-to-get-fit New Member

    Location:
    Yarm, Cleveland
    i work in a petrochemical factory ......lots of engineering stores around but i have looked through them all and cant find anything suitable.

    Oh, there are no fitters / electricians etc etc here at the moment either and i work in a office so i have no real engineering skills.
     
  6. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    I'd get a saw and go with bonj's suggestion - or get a bus or phone a taxi
     
  7. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
    Could you get some really fine weges and put one each side of the seat post/ They will wedge it in place I should think.

    I think the main problem is the carbon frame, you don't want to split do you? Could you get a lift home and get it sorted without having to botch it up?
     
  8. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Or better still, can you find some chemical that sets and calculate the required volume and pour it down? You might then be able to seal the seatpost in and it won't even be wobbly.
     
  9. mr Mag00

    mr Mag00 rising member

    Location:
    Deepest Dorset
    surely there must be some nuts and bolts around the place, office chairs??
     
  10. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
    OR..... you could get loads and loads of zip ties, and spend most of your shift fastening them from the saddle down to the required height, then the seat post will not be able to slip into the tube:biggrin: You will have a bike that looks like one of those native tribes women with copper rings though:sad:
     
  11. I'd get a taxi and get the thing fixed properly later. You don't want to bugger up your expensive carbon frame trying to bodge a quick fix.
     
  12. OP
    OP
    got-to-get-fit

    got-to-get-fit New Member

    Location:
    Yarm, Cleveland
    One of the guys in the Labs has just come to the office with a clamp thats used for holding conical flasks with ....it looks ideal cos the hands of the clamp are lined with cork so it wont scratch. However ive tried it and i cant get it tight enough.

    Bonj the shoving something down the seat tube thing is not a bad idea but im not sold on the chemical bonding idea.
    Maggot im not in love with the wedge idea as i might risk a split in the frame. and the wedges would have to be really fine and i also might loose them if the slip down inside the frame and then ive got an even bigger issue.

    Keep the ideas coming though......
     
  13. OP
    OP
    got-to-get-fit

    got-to-get-fit New Member

    Location:
    Yarm, Cleveland
    That actually makes a strange kind of sense.......and i know where there are a load of cable ties
     
  14. OP
    OP
    got-to-get-fit

    got-to-get-fit New Member

    Location:
    Yarm, Cleveland
    Taxi would cost about 15 quid, Plus a new clamp .........i think id rather save the money and ride home on the pedals.
     
  15. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Can't you take the clamp off, find a Bunson burner and melt it back together, then lob some tape around it for good measure?