Out of retirement, and straight back in

In advance of a trip to Welshland next week, it seemed sensible to resurrect a bike with gears. Whilst the 69er is a fantastic bike, a singlespeed would probably not be ideal for Afan. So the 456 was retrieved from it’s resting place, the tyres were pumped up, and the chain even received some oil in anticipation of a ride to work today.

The bike felt very odd to start with, however I quickly decided the saddle was an inch or so too low. Once at work out came the multitool, and the saddle duly move up an inch, however on tightening up the seatclamp both bolts stripped, making the ride home an interesting proposition.

I blame all this on what I suspect is a slightly shonky seattube in the 456. The Thomson seatpost continually slips, and to keep it in place I had to resort to a slightly OTT DMR double clamp done up to the official "bastard tight" level.

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3 Responses to Out of retirement, and straight back in

  1. Olly says:

    Take it to the shop, get it reamed out to the next size up, buy a new Thomson. Or just weld it in :)

  2. matt says:

    Thomson posts are undersized compared to everyone else, so, yes, they slip about.
    I only ever use PX.ON-One posts in their frames, as they fit properly.

  3. rich says:

    I’ve had no problem with the Thomson posts in other bikes, and bent my P-X post :)