Steve Kurt wrote:
> Yesterday morning, I was fortunate enough to take my Raleigh Team bike
> out for its second ride (well, the second time *I* rode it). I'm still in
> the process of tweaking the fit, so at the 10 mile mark, I stopped to
> adjust the seat height. While loosening the seatpost binder bolt, I
> experienced that familiar unsettling feeling... you know.. the feeling
> where the bolt suddenly becomes very, very loose! Yep, the bolt broke,
> and I had the pleasure of riding home w/o sitting down. :-P
> My question is: what are the best options for avoiding this problem, or
> fixing it?
> . . .
> So, for all of you who've had this occur, how did you fix it??
Steve --- I had a problem with my PX-10 breaking the binder bolt because the bolt was too long for the seatpost binder "ears." The binder bolt would bottom out before achieving clamping pressure sufficient to keep the post up. I muscled the thing down as hard as I could (When all else fails, force it. If it breaks it needed replacing anyway. Isn't that the old wisdom of this sort of situation . . . ?) When I realized the nature of the problem, with a new binder bolt similarly failing to grasp the seatpost tightly enough, I found a little washer to put on the inside of the "nut." That little bit of extra grasp on the seatpost fixed the slipping problem and I haven't had to adjust my seatpost in 2 years. Nor have I broken a binder bolt in that time. --- David Faulkner in Sacramento