Recently I crashed my bike, and since then, the seat has been tilted towards the left side.
I know very little about bikes and the associated terminology, but I think what happened is that the rails that are used to mount the seat have been bent out of shape in the accident; see the images attached below.
What I'd like to know is:
- What's the proper terminology here (e.g. regarding the "rails")?
- Can I, or a repair shop, bend the rails back into shape without seriously compromising safety?
- It looks to me like the seat itself is secured to a mounting plate (which is connected to the rails) with something akin to Allen screws. Are these mounting plates standard parts that I can replace, to salvage the seat? If so, what are they called?