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    Props to Andy/ Chainheart....

    About 2 weeks ago, I broke my seatpost basically flush (1-2 mm showing) with the seat-tube on my custom hardtail while descending Heartbreak. It was well and truly stuck due to both corrosion and nothing to grab a hold of.

    After a lot of at-home fussing, online research, and the honest best efforts of some other professional mechanics, I went to Andy.

    Using parts purchased at Lowe's, he fabricated a unique tool that got the job done perfectly.

    Cost to me?

    40 dollars.

    Value of getting my bike back?

    To be cliche...priceless!

    Thanks Andy!

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    Please tell us you documented some or all of the process in photos.
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    Andy is good people...I live right down the road and try to buy everything I can from him.

    Maybe one day I'll be worthy of some of the bikes he sells...those customized ones are sweet.

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    I'd like to at least see a pic of the device he came up with. Was your post carbon fiber?

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    It was an aluminum post.

    I wasn't there. Here's a parts list, if I get around to it, I'll take pictures of them, they're in my car. They cost an additional $9.98.

    1 2 foot 5/16" threaded rod.
    A few specific diameter Grade 8 washers.
    Three stainless nuts for the 5/16" rod.
    Several stainless fender washers.
    A few standard stainless washers.
    A heavy piece of pipe.
    The Grade 8 washers were treated with a Dremel. The expertise involve with this...I very specifcally left to the expert.

    Who can guess what the device was?
    Last edited by Mike Brown; 10-16-2012 at 07:05 PM.

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    I'm stumped, but if it was aluminum, why not use an easy out?

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    Don't know...I've only used them on bolts. But, I'd sure be worried about damaging my frame based on that experience.

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    Did he make something that expanded in the seat tube when tightened?

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    Slide Hammer! He made what I know as a bushing removal tool.

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    The funny part is you were next on my list of mechanics, mike.

    And ding-ding-ding... a custom slide hammer that caught the bottom lip of the seatpost within the seatube and pulled it out w/ zero frame stress. Washers were dremeled to JUST exceed the inside diameter of a 29.4 seatpost but still fit inside the seatube, plus modified to angle into the seatpost as the tool was inserted, then flatten out when pulled up.

    And that's cool...

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    Very cool.

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    Andy is one of the last few expert mechanics left in the area.

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    I learn something from him often. Usually dirty jokes.

    Glad you're back up and running Mike B, lets ride some time soon!
    My one says BRAP!

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