Re: [CR]Thoughts on frame size and saddle heights in the good old days

(Example: Framebuilding:Brazing Technique)

From: <RaleighPro531@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 18:38:03 EST
Subject: Re: [CR]Thoughts on frame size and saddle heights in the good old days
To: chasds@mindspring.com, classicrendezvous@bikelist.org


In a message dated 12/17/2001 12:47:52 PM Eastern Standard Time, chasds@mindspring.com writes:


> As I was getting this here frame ready to ship..... I had to remove the old steel seatpost. It's a
> 58.5cm c-t italian frame from the 60s that came to me as a
> completely original bike, and I believe the post is
> original. Total length of the post, not counting the area
> where the seat-clamp goes, is 120mm. This is quite short
> for a frame of this size, and suggests to me that it really
> was expected that for most uses, one would have very little
> seat-post showing when the bike was fitted correctly.
>
> Chalk up another point for Grant P. Vintage content
> disclaimer: now I feel better riding my 58cm 60s Pogliaghi
> with only about 7cm of post showing. <g>
>

Campy seatposts used to come in 130mm and 180mm lengths. I'm pretty sure I could not have used a 130mm post on my 25.5" Raleighs! When I saw that in the catalog I wondered who was using them.

Pete Geurds
Douglassville, PA