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Seat post care

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics' started by snoogly, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. snoogly

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    I have never really been sure about the best way to keep my seat post happily housed in the seat tube. Aluminum seat post, steel frame. Should be greasing/lubing the seat post? How much? How often?
  2. kpykc

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    I have the same combination on my bike. I only take the post out after rainy rides to remove sand, dirt and water.
    It's usually recommended to take the post out, clean it and lubricate it (just wipe it with an oily tissue) once in a while. I use Wako's Ruspene for that.
  3. snoogly

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    Many thanks. I have always been paranoid about over-lubing, and then having the post slowly slither down the tube .....
  4. Half-Fast Mike

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    That can definitely happen, depending on the combination of materials and design of frame, post and clamp. I had it initially on my TImTanium frame with Thompson seatpost. The solution for me was a slightly beefier (500 yen) clamp.

    But equally you want to avoid a stuck seatpost down the road. The reading for today is from the Gospel according to Sheldon Brown, chapter 1:
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    Using some of the 'grit grease' can help if you want to increase binding power without overtorqueing. Seems a bit contradictory - however - the grease does help to prevent galvanic corrosion and long term sticking, while the 'grit' provides enough frictional component to keep the post in its desired place.

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