New seat post clamp - to stop slippage.

Discussion in 'Folding Bikes' started by Kell, 6 Jul 2019.

  1. Kell

    Kell Über Member

    22E16B8D-BE65-4BF4-8C24-5953B762D15B.jpeg E2CDD118-F483-47EE-9DA0-DE9CA29632E8.jpeg I’ve been reasonably happy with my seat post after it was initially slipping when I got it (4 years ago).

    But recently, it’s been dropping by about an inch whenever I ride it.

    Doesn’t seem to get any worse that that, but definitely does it every time.

    All those years ago, I bought another clamp as that seemed to be the advice at the time. But I never got around to fitting it as I scuffed up the seatpost and gave it a good degreasing and that seemed to cure it.

    So today, while I remembered, I got that seat clamp out and filed down the lip with a metal file then used 240>500>1000 wet and dry to make sure it was smooth and there were no jagged bits. Took about an hour in total.

    When I took the seatpost out I could see that the shin is in need of replacing as it’s coming apart at the back edge.

    Forgot to take any pics and I didn’t want to take it apart again just to shoot it.

    Hoping this will cure it until such a time as I can get the shim replaced.

    Anyone have an idea of cost?
     
  2. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    Isn't there a paste you can buy that limits slip?
    That premium Brompton sticker is looking a bit tired :sad:.
     
  3. OP
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    Kell

    Kell Über Member

    There may be a paste that does that, but having taken the seat post out, I can now see that the problem is definitely with the shim.

    I have a sneaking suspicion that moving the seat as far back as it will go on the rails will have contributed to this, if not directly caused it.

    That sticker’s been like almost since I got it.

    I think i might have kicked it as I stepped through the frame.

    I keep on meaning to remove it completely as it does look rubbish.
     
  4. chriscross1966

    chriscross1966 Senior Member

    Location:
    Swindon
    Sounds like time for a new post liner, four years is a long time on those, my daily rider eats one a year now at about 10 miles a day
     
  5. OP
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    Kell

    Kell Über Member

    Am I right in thinking you replace yours yourself?

    I seem to remember you saying that you do, but it’s not for everyone.
     
  6. Schwinnsta

    Schwinnsta Active Member

    I basically did that too. It works. If the dealer option for replacing the shim was less expensive, I might have done that. It works. Only downside is it is one more clamp to fuss with when your folding it up.
     
  7. OP
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    Kell

    Kell Über Member

    Well, I can confirm there was no slippage this morning.

    oo-er
     
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  8. 12boy

    12boy Über Member

    Location:
    Casper WY USA
    I tried to do it myself and that didn't go well. I wound up mailing it to a Brompton shop 1200 miles away and had the rear triangle spindle done too. They used a reamer and the seat post has worked well for months..if you have tightened the QR tighter and tighter to avoid slippage you may have ovalised the seat post just like I did before I got it fixed by the shop.. The double QR thing does work, although I am too anal to accept that long term.
     
  9. chriscross1966

    chriscross1966 Senior Member

    Location:
    Swindon
    Yeah it's probably not for everyone, i have a 32mm reamer in my workshop and that thing isn't cheap unless you get lucky on ebay... plus the rubberised superglue they use is pretty odd.. it's not a hard job and i will likely be doing one this weekend as i have some longer rides coming up
     
  10. OP
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    Kell

    Kell Über Member

    Well, I got lucky and managed to get the sleeve replaced in a couple of hours.

    The guy said that the sleeves now come pre-reamed and therefore his £500 reamer is now pretty much redundant.

    Although I have to say, I assumed the reamer was for the seat post. Shows how much I know.

    He also confirmed that there was pretty much no material left on the rear of the sleeve.

    Definitely should have replaced it before now.
     
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  11. OP
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    Kell

    Kell Über Member

    Having ridden it this morning I can also confirm that the awful squeaking that I thought was the rear triangle has also gone.
     
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