Last Sunday I wrote about the irritating noise the CoMotion Tandem was making and my efforts to use my brain and my knowledge of bicycle mechanics (which is not extensive, but also not non-existent) to deduce the culprit and take steps to make sure it didn’t offend again. Recall I had used the ‘little grey cells’ along with some experimentation to deduce the criminal as Stoker’s saddle.
After the ride I took remedial measures. I checked the bolts which clamp the saddle rails to the seat post and the bolt that clamps the seat post to the frame. They were tight. So I sprayed my lube of choice, Tri Flo, on the rails and into spaces where the rails are joined to the saddle’s shell. Everyone who works on their own bike has a favorite ‘personal lubricant’, and for this type of application Tri Flo is mine. Your results may differ.
I really didn’t have much hope that this would cure the problem. I expected the noise to continue because, after 8 years and over 20,000 miles of keeping Stoker comfortable, I assumed the saddle was simply worn out. But I wouldn’t know for sure until we went for another ride.
Which we did on Sunday morning. And the noise was gone! The bike was completely and delightfully silent. Stoker can keep her saddle and we can save around $120 we would spend on a replacement. Not to mention the inevitable break-in period. Stoker might not like the replacement, and if Stoker isn’t happy, then Rich isn’t happy. And, at least where our cycling is concerned, if Stoker isn’t happy it’s my fault.