I am curious if any any of my heavier friends here has had issues with seat posts.
I weigh about 340 pounds (and dropping) and I am building up a mountain bike from a frame that came with a seat post... It is a Dirt Research model, and the seat post (as with many mountain bikes) will extend quite a bit from the seat tube.
But in looking at the seat post, it seems to be constructed of fairly thin material, It seems slightly thinner than frame tubing. It is very light, so perhaps either Chromoly or aluminum alloy??? It is painted black, so I can't easily tell.
I don't know if it is just my old fashioned sense of what a seat post should be like (from back in the 70's), but I seem to recall that seat posts used to be either steel, or much thicker aluminum alloy.
With the emphasis for all bicycle parts being low weight... Should I be hesitant to ride such a seat post?
If I should get something beefier, how should I choose a seat post that I could be confident of holding my weight?
Or am I being too paranoid? I definitely don't want to end up sitting on a jagged half seat post at some point.