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    Wet saddle

    At RAGBRAI, several years ago, my bike was drenched in an overnight storm. When I took off the next day I kept hearing a squeak, and I quickly determined that it was the saddle. It continued to squeak the rest of the ride, and when I came home I finally replaced it with an extra saddle I had and kept riding. Now my saddle has had several years to dry out and I am going to try it again. I guess I thought at the time that I had somehow "ruined it" with the rain, because it never stopped making noise. Of course I will try it out on the bike, but has anyone had a similar experience---somehow trashing a saddle by getting it wet? Is that even possible? The cover looks fine. It just had this constant chirp as I pedaled. I should point out this is a Regal saddle, which has (I suppose) a plastic base that is covered with leather. It is not a Brooks, or some all leather saddle that one is supposed to keep dry.

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    Chirp chirp

    Quote Originally Posted by dombey19 View Post
    At RAGBRAI, several years ago, my bike was drenched in an overnight storm. When I took off the next day I kept hearing a squeak, and I quickly determined that it was the saddle. It continued to squeak the rest of the ride, and when I came home I finally replaced it with an extra saddle I had and kept riding. Now my saddle has had several years to dry out and I am going to try it again. I guess I thought at the time that I had somehow "ruined it" with the rain, because it never stopped making noise. Of course I will try it out on the bike, but has anyone had a similar experience---somehow trashing a saddle by getting it wet? Is that even possible? The cover looks fine. It just had this constant chirp as I pedaled. I should point out this is a Regal saddle, which has (I suppose) a plastic base that is covered with leather. It is not a Brooks, or some all leather saddle that one is supposed to keep dry.
    One likely cause for the noise is where the saddle rails go into the plastic saddle. I have a saddle where I need to dribble a little oil on those junction points and leave the saddle propped up overnight so that the oil will penetrate into the joint. The rails are just slipped into the saddle - there is typically no adhesive in that joint. I find that if I get caught in a rain storm or just after maybe 5K miles there needs to be some lubrication to prevent the noise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Irons View Post
    One likely cause for the noise is where the saddle rails go into the plastic saddle. I have a saddle where I need to dribble a little oil on those junction points and leave the saddle propped up overnight so that the oil will penetrate into the joint. The rails are just slipped into the saddle - there is typically no adhesive in that joint. I find that if I get caught in a rain storm or just after maybe 5K miles there needs to be some lubrication to prevent the noise.
    A quick shot with WD-40 would fix it.
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    I get this sometimes after rain. Lube the rails and make sure everything is tight.

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