I really love reading this place when I get the chance. I finally got my MEL PINTO SPECIAL tandem back from the shop with a whole new set of mechanical upgrades. Well, they "almost" got everything done.
First off, the biggest reason I'm attacking this post is because I can barely finish my downstroke when pedaling. My leg is almost straight out when down.
The previous owner put a Kalin seat post into my Mel Pinto carbon steel frame! Well, as you enthusiasts and mechanics know, this will create one HUGE headache trying to get the seat post to move, let alone come out.
Thus far I've tried ammonia, penetrating oil (I'm using PB Blaster now, cause I read that's the best on another forum), and the preverbial monkey wrench. I have not tried heat or cooling it as of yet, nor have I tried to start doing any cutting. This puppy won't budge. I'm afraid I'm gonna have to cut or ream the thing out of there.
What I'm after here, advice-wise, is... do I continue the penetrating oil treatments? Should I go for the big one and start cutting out? Or would just adding some wood blocks with zip ties be my best bet (yeah, it'll look goofy, but it would at least make it able to ride). I live in Goshen, IN, so if anyone near here knows of some Zen-master of problems like this, I sure would appreciate a name or number!
Thanks and hope to hear some good advice here soon.