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Anyone ever bend a seatpost?(5 posts)

Anyone ever bend a seatpost?Mike Prince
May 11, 2003 8:22 AM
I posted last weekend about a stuck seatpost (Thomson) in my Steelman. Finally got it out, appeared to be no damage after a quick check. Cleaned and greased everything and off for a longish ride yesterday. Got home and seatpost is "stuck" again!!

After removing and cleaning the post and seattube with WD-40 (and a rag and a broomstick), I did an experiement - took an MTB seatpost of same diameter and it slid right in. Tried it with the Thomson and it stopped right at the height it's been at for 2-3 years. I got a long metal straightedge and checked the post. Right at the point where it exits the frame there's 2 small dents, one on each side of the post (the thin side). Looks like the small dents/bends/bulge are creating a "stop" of sorts.

Looks like it's time to order a new post. Not sure on whether to go w/ a Thomson again - the thin walls make me a bit nervous after seeing my damaged post. I just feel lucky that the frame looks like it's OK.

Any suggestions? I do not need lots of setback and don't want carbon or Ti. I think my short list is: Dura-Ace, Thomson, Salsa shaft, or maybe an American Classic. The Thomson is still on the list because the clamp is so good. Any other suggestions? If it's worth anything the bike is steel, full Dura Ace and I have a Flite saddle.

Thanks
Mike
my neighbor bent seat posts all the timeBarnyard
May 11, 2003 4:37 PM
But I'm rather impressed that you bent a thomson seat post. I'd like to see it. Thomson takes pride in the strengths of their product. Please post a picture of your bent seat post. I really would like to see it.
not readily visible...Mike Prince
May 12, 2003 8:44 AM
The "bends" are actually 2 dents on each side of the post. I didn't even see the "wave" around the dents until I put a straightedge on it. It's really very subtle. I just sent an email to Thomson to see if I can get it warrantied.

I doubt the damage would show up in a picture. It's not obviously bent, probably just enough to restrict its movement in the frame.

Mike
try to get it warrantiedtnbiker
May 11, 2003 7:09 PM
DoneMike Prince
May 12, 2003 11:44 AM
New one will be on the way. All I have to do is mail them the old one. Thomson has great customer service!