A couple days ago my bicycle developed a terminal case of swivel seat.
What’s swivel seat, you might be asking? Well, that’s what happens when a fat-ass rider puts many, many miles on his Specialized Crossroads Sport bike over a period of 3 or so years and does not have the funds to properly maintain said bike.
This bike’s seat post has an integral shock absorbing mechanism. What actually happened is that this mechanism stripped out, which destabilized the seat allowing it to swivel on the shaft. It’s a bit difficult to ride the bike with the seat swiveling back and forth like I was sitting in Uncle Paddy’s Pub sucking back a tall Guinness.
For the short term fix, I’m planning on clamping the seat post to my drill press and drilling a hole right through the outer housing and into the shock mechanism itself. I will then stop the swiveling by inserting a bolt/nut at this point. It’s an ugly fix, but I must have my bicycle up and functioning. It helps me maintain my sanity. Of course, this will defeat the shock absorbing function. Oh, well… sore butt better than straight jacket, huh?
A new seat post is $29.99 + tax from the Specialized dealer here near my home. I’ve already ordered it. I don’t know how I’m going to pay for it, though. Feel free to click the Donate button here to contribute to my sanity maintenance fund. 😉
For now, though… I guess I’ll just walk up the 7-11 to get my lottery tickets.