I’ve got a bike whose seat post uses the traditional style saddle clamp. It works! The saddle is firmly attached to the bike. Hooray. However. This bike is sort of a “café racer” - I mainly pootle around town on it in street clothes. No padding or spandex here. I got a new saddle, which I love, but due to its shape my jeans are taking a beating in the inseam area:
Due to the way I have it adjusted, the bolt that secures the saddle onto the seat post has its ends sticking out past the edge of the saddle. These are catching on my jeans every few pedal strokes and it’s taking a toll on their structural integrity.
- Buy cycling jeans with reinforced crotch. I probably will, but I’d like to solve this another way in order to give them a shot at a long life, since they aren’t cheap.
- Move the saddle forward a bit. This would work, but the bike wouldn’t fit me as well, which would make riding it less fun, which would make me do it less, which is counterproductive. Though it would make my jeans last longer...
- Find another bolt that’s about six threads shorter. Possible; would require quite a lot of rummaging in the bolt bucket at my LBC (local bike collective).
- Get a new seat post with the newer style clamp. I would like to do this, but I couldn’t find one in the right diameter at the LBC, and I try to confine my parts-buying activity to their used parts bins on principle (and to save cash). I’ll keep looking.
- Convert this seat post to the newer style clamp. I would like to do this as well. It’d have the additional benefit of covering that hole where the split saddle looks right down into the open seat post. If anyone has tips on how to do that, I found this Q which could use some answers.
- Ride with my knees out all wacky. Works but isn’t sustainable. (Not least because I look like a dork.)
That’s about all I’ve come up with. Does anyone have any other ideas for things I could do to work around this while I wait for the right replacement parts to come along?