[CR] ebay outing PERUCCI - Classic Vintage Touring Bicycle

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Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2009 07:51:47 -0800
From: Harry Schwartzman <harryschwartzman@yahoo.com>
To: Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR] ebay outing PERUCCI - Classic Vintage Touring Bicycle


Regarding Ebay item# 360131296108

What is the seatpost on that bike? My Windsor Touring Elite, currently being flogged mercilessly on NYC streets by your truly, has a similar seatpost. It is a develish design, unnecessarily complicated in that the head is made up of four pieces on either side. The top of the post is rounded and molded with the 'teeth' needed to engage a toothed (on both sides) piece that then engages the inside of the piece that holds the seat rails on the inside. Why this would be preferable to the standard seat clamp design that slips over a post is beyond me. With so may moving parts, it is a P.I.A. to get all the teeth properly engaged, although once everything is in place, the seat holds very nicely. the whole thing seems quite Rube Goldbergian and a solution to a non-existent problem.

Was this a common seat post design for mid-level bikes? Why?

-Harry Schwartzman Admitting to really only liking a one bolt Campy aero seatpost over all others Long Island City, NY

PS - also, as a datapoint for the fender discussion, the Windsor's fork has unbranded dropouts with a fender eyelet that will not accept 5mm bolts, preferring to accept a much slimmer diameter bolt. The rear Suntour dropout happily accepts a 5mm standard waterbottle screw. So, why this discrepancy between front and rear eyelets? Was this common? Is this some tortilla induced weirdness on my 'Hecho a DF' Windsor?