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Old 09-08-05, 07:42 AM   #1
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Pump, IN a seat post?

I was wondering why the hell there was an air chuck on this seat post - pulled it and there it is, folks - a post / pump.

From a Fuji Saratoga. Probably the most overbuilt bike I've seen with cool touches - brazed spoke holder on a chain-stay, reflective strips around the headset, dual 40 spoke 4X wheels...
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Don't forget to put grease on the ..uh..pump ....right where you hold it when pumping.
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I was wondering why the hell there was an air chuck on this seat post - pulled it and there it is, folks - a post / pump.
From a Fuji Saratoga. Probably the most overbuilt bike I've seen with cool touches - brazed spoke holder on a chain-stay, reflective strips around the headset, dual 40 spoke 4X wheels...
PLEASE... Ya gotta post a couple of pics of the wheels. I can't even get my mind around what they must look like. About the only thing stronger would be a disk milled out of a single piece of forged metal.

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I was wondering why the hell there was an air chuck on this seat post - pulled it and there it is, folks - a post / pump.

From a Fuji Saratoga. Probably the most overbuilt bike I've seen with cool touches - brazed spoke holder on a chain-stay, reflective strips around the headset, dual 40 spoke 4X wheels...
Looks like it might be hard to use with the seat still attached...
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If you tried to stick the seat thru the spokes, yeah. But the handle end glides thru and it works well, but if it were grease covered, you'd get dirty unless you were really careful.

Even came with a presta adapter.
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OK .....so

You need another wrench to get the pump out of the seat tube.

You need to wipe the grease off before using it.

You need to have a grease rag with you.

You need to thread the pump through the spokes to get it on the valve because the seat is in the way. OR... you need to take the seat off first. Which will take another wrench.

If the "seat post" slips down you could damage the air fitting.

If you get or have another bike, unless it uses the same size seat post it won't work.

COOL...

Did I miss anything?
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No, actually the seat post IS the pump. A hex for the seatpost binder and you be in biz-ness. Hold the whole schmeer by the seat and slip it handle first thru the spokes and you're off - I tried it, works well. Getting 120 PSI into my tubular was pretty difficult, but the tires on this touring bike are best at ~80 - 90 anyway.

Anyhow, somebody engineered and manufactured it...doesn't mean it was a good idea. But it seems awfully McGyver.

Probably a good selling feature for hardcore tourists - needed it as the bike weighs close to 35 lbs I bet, even with Ishiwata Featherlite tubes.
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No, actually the seat post IS the pump. A hex for the seatpost binder and you be in biz-ness. Hold the whole schmeer by the seat and slip it handle first thru the spokes and you're off - I tried it, works well. Getting 120 PSI into my tubular was pretty difficult, but the tires on this touring bike are best at ~80 - 90 anyway.

Anyhow, somebody engineered and manufactured it...doesn't mean it was a good idea. But it seems awfully McGyver.

Probably a good selling feature for hardcore tourists - needed it as the bike weighs close to 35 lbs I bet, even with Ishiwata Featherlite tubes.
Yes I understand. It would be attractive for some people and not others. Everyone has there own idea of what they want. I would prefer a normal pump on a long trip, but that's just me, lots of people may like it. The only thing that would really drive me nuts if I had a flat would probably be the grease on the pump. Having the seat on would be annoying but maybe livable. My guess is that the appeal is not universal enough to sell enough to make money from the idea. I tend to look at things that way, that does not necessarily mean anything to anyone else
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