FIX A BROKEN SEAT CLAMP
When saddle and bike part company you are going to want to ride home somehow...
Check It Out
When your saddle starts to go south the most likely cause is a seat clamp that’s slipping rather than one that’s broken. Get off and have a look under the saddle, if the clamp has moved but isn’t visibly damaged simply adjust it back into your usual position and tighten all the bolts back up with your multitool. Unless you’ve got particularly fragile carbon seat rails, we suggest you really, really tighten them this time.
Keep It Zipped
If you have broken your seat clamp, you’ve got yourself a problem. Luckily, if you keep a selection of zip ties in your saddlepack – and we have suggested that you do on several occasions – you can secure the saddle to the post with these. You’ll need to take care as the saddle won’t be especially secure but it’s better than sitting on a 27.2mm wide tube of aluminium or carbon fibre…
Got no zip ties? In that case you’re in for a pretty uncomfortable ride home (or to the nearest bike shop if you’ve got one on your route). Multiple Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador is known to train riding out of the saddle for periods of up to 20 minutes to perfect his climbing technique, so here’s your chance to get some pro-level training in. We suggest taking the seatpost out of the seat-tube completely in this situation, rather than riding home with a spike for a saddle.