Freakish Squeaks Keep on Coming

Old saddles on new seatposts can rub and cause squeaking.

Old saddles on new seatposts can rub and cause squeaking.

Here's how it used to look. Campagnolo seatposts offered plenty of clearance.

Here’s how it used to look. Campagnolo seatposts offered plenty of clearance.


When will it end? How many more squeaks and creaks do I have to live through?

I blame it on the transition from old, reliable technology to new, reliable technology. I have to learn all over the ins and outs of today’s bike parts and what makes them tick, and squeak.

This time it’s a case of old parts not meshing with new parts.

I purchased a new old stock Avocet Racing II saddle and slapped it onto my new technology seatpost. It’s one of those generic posts with the standard seat clamp I see on most run-of-the-mill posts.

It turns out that the clamp is wider than the Campagnolo Super Record seatpost that used to hold my Avocet saddles, so the inside of the saddle rubs against the clamp. If not lubricated, it squeaks like hell.

Who knew? Today’s saddles don’t have the long sides that characterized the seats of yore. When you think about it, you don’t need the long sides. It was probably a fashion decision to cover the seatpost. Modern saddles have gone the opposite direction.

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One Response to “Freakish Squeaks Keep on Coming”

  1. Owen Says:

    You use the sides (cheeks?) of the saddle to grab with your knees when you’re descending bumpy stuff out of the saddle. Or at least I do.

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