The Seatpost man specialises in professionally removing tight or seized seatposts from bicycle frames using a totally unique method which will withdraw the post (intact if possible) in a safe and frame friendly way.
Specialist Bicycle Seatpost Removal Service
To Our Clients
I am happy to offer this service to individual customers and I also receive recommendations and work from established and highly regarded bike shops nationally.
To date (December 2017) the running total is 600 + consecutive successful removals with 100% customer satisfaction.
Italy comes to Chorley! This classic Rossin came to the workshop recently. It's a credit to the strength of the frame that the previous removal attempt merely sheared off the seatpost. This was a more complex removal but it came out well without any further marking. ...
A customer of mine recently asked if I wouldn't mind him writing a review of my service after I had removed a seatpost for him. I said sure, why not. Here it is......... (cheers Andy) The Seatpost Man John Lee
In an unassuming workshop behind a house in Chorley, John Lee (The Seatpost Man) has the solution to what is quite probably the most frustrating cycle maintenance conundrum a cyclist can come across, a stuck seat post.
Over the last five years John has resolved around 700 stuck seat posts of all varieties, which begged my question as to how he got started. “It started with a friend and a stuck seat post,” John told me. Once John had rectified the problem of the stuck seat post he got to thinking about a better way to resolving the issue.
John is an engineer by trade and he raced on the Factory Raleigh BMX Team back in the early 80's. He also experimented with frame building as a teenager. Using this knowledge and experience he set about custom making the tools needed to extract seat posts from frames in a safe and controlled way, for both the person doing the work and the frame / seat post being worked upon. He has invented two main tools that he uses for the extraction process. These tools remain a closely guarded secret as they are truly the tools of his trade. Each seat post extraction is done by hand to ensure maximum success rate and minimal damage to both the seat post and frame. Many seat posts are removed completely intact.
John has vast experience in seat post extraction having removed most material seat posts from most material frames you can think of, including dropper posts and aero posts. He has worked on everything from everyday 7005 Aluminum frames, rare £15k Colnagos and custom Santa Cruz MTB's. The variety of frames hanging around in his workshop is impressive, its like taking a time walk through cycling history 1970 – present day.
John's normal service takes around 2 hours, however it takes as long as it takes and no job is rushed because each extraction is its own engineering puzzle and no two extractions are the same. Most of his customers send their bikes to him and he receives bikes from all over the country. As each extraction is different prices vary. Once he has an idea of what the extraction will entail he can provide a quote before undertaking the work.
When I mentioned to John about writing an article we were chatting on the phone and set aside 30mins for us to talk for me to build up the content of this article. When we met a few days later, our 30mins quickly turned into 90mins and we had to force ourselves to stop chatting like a pair of old women because we both had other commitments that day. John's the type of chap you meet down your local while having a pint of bitter and end up spending the rest of the evening chatting to about all sorts and everything. He's genuinely enthusiastic about engineering and cycling. He clearly enjoys what he does for a living.
To conclude, if after soaking your seat post in lube for a few days it still doesn't move, don't try and cut it out. Get a professional to do the job for a relatively small fee. John's a really nice guy who'll give you an honest opinion and assessment of your individual case.
The amount of MTB dropper seatposts heading my way is constantly increasing. They are also the most demanding to remove, if you value your frame be very wary of DIY approaches. This Intense T275 came in recently with a seized KS Integra dropper. The post ended up in the bin but the seat tube is as new. www.theseatpostman.com...
Some bikes are built to go fast, some are built to last. This one was definitely the latter. A Surly Long Haul trucker passed through the workshop after travelling through Canada, USA, Indonesia, Aus. and NZ. It's owner had replaced his Dawes Galaxy and, I quote, " I got the Surly after a number of mechanical mishaps in Tajikistan" . How many people can say that? (with the possible exception of Charlie Hobbs 🙂 ) www.theseatpostman.com...