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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…

To­tal Re­moval

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.

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