Bike Forums - View Single Post - The old and the new, the ying and the yang, the good, bad and the ugly, you decide.
Old 04-01-20, 06:41 PM
Senior Member
merziac's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: PDX
Posts: 5,736

Bikes: Merz x 5 + Specialized Merz Allez x 2, Strawberry/Newlands/DiNucci/Ti x3, Gordon, Fuso/Moulton x2, Bornstein, Paisley,1958-74 Paramounts x3, 3rensho, 74 Moto TC, 73-78 Raleigh Pro's x5, Marinoni x2, 1960 Cinelli SC, 1980 Bianchi SC, PX-10 X 2

Mentioned: 126 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1698 Post(s)
Liked 604 Times in 443 Posts
Originally Posted by 63rickert View Post
Old style saddle clamps, even Brooks, are cheap hardware. Lean on the wrench and no way to tell what’s tightening torque and what is just binding and interference. Grease works too but the wrench feel is just not as good and then you have loose grease collecting dirt. I use wax on the serrations as well. Again it improves wrench feel. Also since I started doing that old clamps that had previously slipped become serviceable. You might posit that wax on the serrations changes vibration or harmonics or posit anything you like, seems to work.
Certainly a cheap design but the brooks version will take a lot of torque imo, whether it transmits to a snug adjustment is a whole other thing.

I took it apart and put a fair amount of anti-seize on the nuts and threads of the center shaft, found a better fitting 15mm wrench and applied a serious amount of torque to get it far tighter than it has been before, I think it will hold a lot better, the feel was much better tightening it and was smooth with no binding that I felt, we'll see.
merziac is offline