There I was, happily five miles into a 65 mile ride when I heard a loud snap come from my bike. The saddle then wobbled and fell off. I’m surprised I didn’t fall off as well as I was trying to brake and unclip while standing up, fearing the seat post would disappear where the sun don’t shine. Indeed at first I couldn’t get my feet unclipped and was looking for an area to gracefully fall over sideways!
I did stop safe and sound though and then looked at my bike expecting the worst. My first thoughts were that the carbon seat post had snapped as my saddle was lying about 20 feet in the road behind me. Luckily it wasn’t, it was the bolt holding the saddle onto the post that had snapped right through.
I have no idea how or why this happened. I wasn’t going fast (luckily as I don’t like to think what would have happened if it had snapped while I was going downhill at speed). My bike (a Felt) is only two years old and is always well maintained and kept dry. The last time I adjusted the saddle was about three months ago so I wonder if I might have over-tightened the bolt. But in all my years of riding, both now and as a kid I have never had this happen before. Has anyone else?