Cyber Monday

Hope everybody had a great turkey day (and black Friday)!

I just wanted to pass along a great deal that is going on through Monday, November 26. is offering 20% off everything (except complete bikes) using coupon code GTWS. And free shipping! I decided this was the opportune moment to pick up two items that I’ve been on the fence about for a long time: a Revelate Viscacha and a Surly MWOD chainring set.  I’ve been wanting to try the Viscacha for a long time but I could not see spending $135 for a seat bag. With 20% off of Bikewagon’s normal $122 price, it ended up costing me less than a Benjamin.  That I can handle.

Still waiting for some snow here on the front range of Colorado…



This morning I was fiddling around with my seat angle for the umpteenth time.  And I thought (why did I tempt fate!), “I wonder how long the bolts on this 20 year old seatpost are going to hold ou– CRAP!” Something snapped.  LOUDLY.  Turns out that I ripped the threads right out of the aluminum dowel nut that the bolt threads into. They came out in one continuous coil. Now what do I do?  The Pugsley uses a 27.2mm post,  and I don’t have another one.

Luckily, I’m a huge fan of the Performance brand seat clamp.  I have them on all my bikes because they use a stainless steel barrel nut so you can really crank them down tight. And I happened to have a spare one. Lo and behold, the dowel nut fit into the seat post and I was able to make my morning commute on the Pugs as I have grown accustomed to of late.

I can’t say enough good things about these seat post clamps. The collar is alloy, whereas the bolt and nut are stainless steel. In addition to having threads that are almost impossible to strip, the dowel nut design allows the bolt to pivot as it is tightened, preventing it from binding. IMHO this clamp is superior to much more expensive clamps.  It’s just icing on the cake that it happens to be about the cheapest clamp you can buy! I highly recommend it if you have seat post slippage problems.