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Maintenance 101 - Hammer, vice, crow bar

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:35 pm
by ColinOldnCranky
Well, the happmer proved not us top the task but the rest worked a treat.

I had an issue with my seat this week. But I found that the seat post would not come out of the frame. It seemed to be jammed solid.

I tried a weighty ball pein hammer. It budged it alright in that at least it slide down about 5 or 6mm. Not rusted on but still not coming out. Now I had a seat that was too low.

5mm low does not sound much to a cyclist. But on a uni it can make the ride impossible for some and unpleasant for others. Sort of like having to ride the whole trip with a 15 degree cross slope sort of unpleasant. The last two days have sucked I have scaled my riding right back to the basic 10km because of it. My first two day break this year.

So this evening I took the whole thing out to the shed, put the post in the heavy duty offset vice (I had to really rack up the pressure) and grabbed my handy 5 foot crow bar that usually just breaks concrete.

A push to the left... a push to the right... back to the left. Voila. About a minute to work it all free.

Finesse and delicacy are fine. But sometimes you just gotta go rough. Other than some vice-bite marks that I had to file off the seat post nothing seems to have suffered.

More than ever I am looking forward to the ride tomorrow. :)

Re: Maintenance 101 - Hammer, vice, crow bar

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:27 pm
by Big_Red
ColinOldnCranky wrote:Finesse and delicacy are fine. But sometimes you just gotta go rough. Other than some vice-bite marks that I had to file off the seat post nothing seems to have suffered.


Sacré bleu! That is an absolute travesty to abuse your gear like that. :lol:

Re: Maintenance 101 - Hammer, vice, crow bar

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:26 am
by MichaelB
From my airframe fitter days

"If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway".

QED.

Re: Maintenance 101 - Hammer, vice, crow bar

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:26 pm
by ColinOldnCranky
MichaelB wrote:From my airframe fitter days

"If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway".

QED.

It did occur to me that if I could no longer adjust the seat post it was time to get a replacement anyway. So what would be the damage if the welds at the crown came adrift anyway?

It is a very low speck heavy steel job that has done over 24,000km. I think that I have enough riding history to justify spending $500 or so. With existing square taper cranks I can't even work on bunny hops, a very useful skill for the sort of riding I do.

I wonder what a titanium 8) frame job would cost?

Re: Maintenance 101 - Hammer, vice, crow bar

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:00 pm
by Ozkaban
Did you try a spanner or allen key to loosen the locking collar first? Might have saved you some grief :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Re: Maintenance 101 - Hammer, vice, crow bar

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:29 pm
by baabaa
Good job. Do you do house calls?

Re: Maintenance 101 - Hammer, vice, crow bar

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:30 pm
by ColinOldnCranky
Ozkaban wrote:Did you try a spanner or allen key to loosen the locking collar first? Might have saved you some grief :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Ha ha. A pox on you and all your bikes. :wink: