Regularly remove and clean the seatpost to prevent seizure
The ratio of ‘ease of prevention’ to ‘catastrophe avoidance’ represented by regularly removing your seatpost is hard to top. The calamitous circumstances visited upon the hapless bike owner who finds his seatpost wedged in the frame are unlikely to be resolved only by one of two, highly-expensive methods: paying a professional mechanic to recover the offending item, or writing off the frame. That both of these undesirable outcomes can be avoided by the occasional unfastening of your seat clamp, cleaning, and applying a lubricant to an aluminium post, or grip paste to a carbon one, is reason in itself to be cheerful.
“On many occasions, I’ve had to cut the seatpost off, leaving two-inches sticking from frame, and then cutting a slot in the seatpost with a pad-saw,” says Andy. This, however, is no quick fix, and requires the utmost care. Cut at angle, he continues, and you can easily find yourself sawing through the seatpost and into the frame. “You have to be so careful,” Andy says, “and saw until you hear a slight difference in sound”. The process can take up to two hours, in his experience.
Removing the seatpost regularly takes on still greater importance when the post is carbon. Its structure makes it easier for grit to damage: clamping tiny stones between your carbon post and a metal or carbon tube and then applying pressure means something has to give. Frequently, it is the lacquer on the post, and then the fibre beneath.