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September 28, 2009

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The quick release seat clamp (an object of myth and history in modern times) gave riders the ability to quickly raise or lower their seat post to either get it out of the way, or get it closer to the handlebars. Dave Nourie made the best use of the quick release, and continues to, even in seat post deprived modern times. Getting the seat raised to a point of handlebar contact, stopping the bike’s side to side rotation, was essential on a variety of tricks including the Miami Hopper variation shown below.

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Tioga’s quick release clamp is shown in the photo below, along with a seat that has an extending nose, to make contact with the handlebars even easier. Take that stubby posts!
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 4, 2009 6:05 am

    i definitely had the odyssey seat (in pink as well) with the extension button that let the seat make contact with the end of the bar…was very usefull, but was not very dependable -wore out rather quickly, so it wouldn’t stay retracted into the seat. Young ones have no fucking idea how good they have it! Half of the crap we bought back in the day didn’t even work as promised! WARRANTY??? never heard of such a thing back then!

  2. Chad P. permalink
    March 14, 2010 4:38 pm

    This is the greatest blog ever! That seat was made by none other than Odyssey and had not one, but two features that relied on the seat post. Not only is the extendable nose piece there (operated by a button under the front of the seat) but the rear section could be replaced after grinding it into oblivion while doing spastic seat grinds in an attempt to emulate Scotty Freeman. I have one of those seats in pink/gray with a Rockville BMX sticker still on it. It spent several years atop the layback post on my ’87 Haro Master before being replaced by the original Viscount Dominator when I restored it to stock. Long live the seat post!

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