LOOTW - I was the Pirate at Grafham on the weekend. Were you racing too? Hoffmeister introduced himself at the start, a pirate awaiting yellow and black uniform. Gave him a shout as he did the longer distance, i saw him on the run and again once I'd finished the bike.
I managed to finish the very wind sprint distance in 1:25 despite a nasty cold. How did you do? How local are you? I'll be back up there for the Grafman Half in June and maybe one of the short distance ones prior to that.
Thanks chaps for the advice, I'm going to get on the case and try and remove it, if it doesn't work I'll send it to the LBS and let them have a go. I'll give it a gentle fine sanding and Vas sounds like a good idea.
Any other thoughts on reversing it once out or getting a different post designed to be reversed?
Popsider, below is a pic of the seat post. Its going to be a job to get it out even turning it took quite a lot of effort. If I can turn it round and use it what should I do to it before re inserting it to stop it sticking in the future?
Went out for 2 hours today and found the more toe down position quite comfortable along with the lower front end. I was much more on the nose of the saddle and felt more powerful in the TT position. It did make my quads a ache a bit more than normal.
I had a Retul bike fit on Tuesday, I'm on a Trek 1.7 (2009 model I think) with clip-on aerobars. I asked to get a TT position fit with HIM and IM in mind. My set up had been done by my LBS based on experience and judgement by eye this time last year and was good enough to get me through an IM at Henley with a 6:28 bike split sub 12 overall.
The fitter was immediately concerned that with the geometry of the road bike it was going to be hard to get a better position as my seat was already all the way forward on the rails. He suggested that the solution would be a reversible seat post with a 25mm offset as he didn't have one in the shop he reversed the carbon seat post on my bike this worked well and a good position was achieved however the fitter didn't want to leave it set up like that until I got a new post designed to be reversed. Is he being over cautious or will reversing a standard carbon post with alloy head put undue stress on it? If I need to get a new post any suggestions of a good reversible one?
This leads to another question, the seat post would turn under duress but not move up or down. Any tricks for removing a carbon post stuck in a alloy frame? Will oil get into the carbon a swell it?
Lastly the fitter told me that I needed to point me toes as I was very flat or heel down when pedalling. When I made the toe down correction it improved a number of the key measurements on the fit program (knee forward of foot and lateral travel, ankle angles/range). Is this a common problem and should I train my self to toe down? Will it cause any other problem or imbalances?
I look forward to seeing you at Grafman for a sub 5 hr thrash then. Sounds like it will take a few more miles of the run for me to catch you then at Henley. I wont be camping as it's only an hours drive from home but I look forward to a cuppa after we've finished.