So at the co-op where I volunteer, we have this absolutely beautiful, all original, black chrome High Sierra in very good condition overall. The anodizing (?) on the stem has faded evenly to an amazing copper color that I thought was intentional until I looked up the specs. Lovely bike. Rack bosses front and rear are just calling out for some kind of camping trip. It's hard to resist.
Anyway, I was preparing the bike for sale, and I noticed a horizontal hairline crack in the seatpost about a 1/2 inch below where the clampy part ends and the posty part begins. This crack does not go all the way around, but stops in a about 1/4 inch wide on each side of the post.
Of course I assumed that this post would need to be replaced.
However, I was riding around town, and I spied an interesting older yellow MTB locked up. As I always snoop about such things, I had a closer look. Lo and behold, it was another High Sierra from a different year (probably the very next year).
So here's the weird part. As I was ogling the frame joinery and components, I noticed: THE SAME CRACK IN THE SAME SPOT IN THIS SEATPOST, which appeared to be the same make. The coincidence made me wonder whether the one we have is really about to fail or ... just what.
Has anyone seen or heard about what I am seeing? Could it just be an artifact of manufacturing? Or is this seatpost a known dog? Other thoughts? Thanks.
Sorry that I don't have a photo, but maybe I can add one soon.