Two random questions for you all-
1. When a seatpost is specified as a 250mm post, or 300mm, or what-have-you, is that length the *usable* length? Or total length from bottom of post to top of clamp? (Bearing in mind that XXmm must remain buried in seat tube for strength) If I had one handly, I'd just measure it, but I'm at work and would like to order a new one!
2. WARNING- this next question smacks of OCD... So please, bear with me. ;-) I'm using a clamp adapter to put my braze on FD onto a frame w/o FD bosses. I've never used one of these clamp adapters before. Do folks typically put anything in between the clamp and frame to protect the frame surface? Will the clamp destroy the paint over time? Call it OCD, but if I can protect the beautiful paint job on my frame, I'd like to.