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This might be a dumb question but there are meant to be no dumb questions right...
I have an aero carbon seat post on my new bike And a torque wrench
The seat binder has the usual 2 bolts with one facing each way. Is the correct method to tighten them up:
[Edit: When I say seat binder I mean the seat clamp that stops the seat post sliding down the seat tube so you have the correct saddle height]
a) gradually tighten them up, doing each bolt a bit at a time and alternating between them, until the torque wrench gives way on each bolt just once
b) using a) above ...but normally once you tighten one bolt to the correct torque, the other bolt is then loose and needs tightening again. This might need to be repeated a few times until the torque wrench gives way on each bolt without any further progress.
c) (starting with both bolts loose) tighten one bolt all the way up till the torque wrench gives way, then do the other one.
Is the process the same for doing the 4 stem handlebar clamp bolts?
This is the correct process as it will result in all bolts being at the correct torque thus the total clamping force being at the correct force.
as above, i always do them up (evenly) a bit at a time, and then "torque" them
Where are multiple fasteners the aim is always to tighten them evenly, so (b) is correct.
It's probably going OT for seat post and stem fasteners, but you could initially set the wrench at a lower torque and tighten the fasteners in stages. This is standard practice in the automotive world.
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Yes start at lower torque and work up... evenly between the number of bolts.
Make sure its a good torque wrench.
Make sure the threads are pristine as this affects the torque a large amount... use a light lube if possible of the threads.
Will do the starting lower thing next time. brand new frame so threads pretty clean
I didn't torque it to the max labelled on there anyway.
It's the torpedo 7 wrench which I've seen in another thread on here.
It's kind of scary that too tight = broken frame and too loose = broken frame as if post goes down while I'm sitting on it, it will hit the part of seat tube that changes shape and gets narrower.
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