NEED THIN SEATPOST FOR A VINTAGE TANDEM
February 18, 2006
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I have an older Columbia Tandem.
The original saddles are the big rail version, quite different
than what is used today.
After my wife complained about the
saddles (I didn't like them much either), I decided to switch
them out with two Brooks saddles. A nice upgrade.
However, the clamp atop the Wald
950 seatpost is nothing like the modern two-rail version
we use today. Is there a clamp adapter I can buy?
Or does anyone make a really skinny
seatpost? I measured it at 2.0 centimeters and have no luck.
Two centimeters, eh? Well, I havent
seen a seatpost with exactly that diameter. You can get
close, like 13/16just a little over two centimeters.
But lets eliminate the guesswork.
To find the diameter you need without question, you must
insert into the seat tube a handy device called a sizing
rod. Most bike shops have em, so I suggest you ride
that tandem (put the old saddle on first!) over to a bike
shop and find the right size.
If you do need a 13/16 seatpost
and your bike dealer cant find one, I believe you
can get it from Stick-Em-Up,
800-777-8425. If you find you need a more common 22.2 mm
diameter seatpost, your bike dealer should have no problem
Regarding clamp adapters: They exist,
but I wouldnt steer you to one without having seen
exactly what you have on top of that Wald.