[CR]RE: Seat Post Issues

From: LeMansGTMAN@aol.com
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2007 16:06:15 EDT
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]RE: Seat Post Issues

Chuck Brooks wrote: "This is something we all should all keep in mind especially if we have a "special" seat post we don't want scratched up, or, a frame we don't want damaged!!"

All this chat about seat post fitting reminded me of when I used to work for Affilliated Factors - a Cycle & Car wholesaler in Oxford in the early 1970s.

We used to supply local retailers with Raleigh bikes delivered to use fro the factory (right from kiddy trikes through to 'lightweights' - i.e. Carltons at that time).

The bikes would come in a lorry 'flat packed' in one crappy sleeve of cardboard (thus prone to scratching), handlebars / stems twisted round, pedals off & tied to the outside of the sleeve and ALWAYS with the seat post inserted right down into the frame (saddle sitting on the top of the top tube).

With the Carltons this always damaged / scraped the finish on the alloy 'posts as the seat tubes was usually badly finshed inside, as were all Raleighs generally at that time , both 'inside' and 'out' - and to this day it still really annoys me to think about it...

Perhaps not pertinent to the discussion at hand - but I'd thought I'd share...

Ian Briggs, LUTON Bedfordshire, UK.