Why didn’t you guys tell me?

Atavar

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I just found out about dropper seat posts.
They work sort of like the adjustable office chairs we all love so much. Flip a lever and put some weight on the saddle to drop it to its lowest position, then when you are ready flip the lever again and the saddle adjusts to its preset high position.
They are meant for mtb’s to allow easy seat height adjustment for ascents, descents and road riding. In my case it will make it much easier for my fat old body to get on and off the bike and still have an efficient seat height for riding.

 
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I recently bought a mid priced mtn bike that came with a dropper post. I do ride some trails but the best use of it is in the city. Pull up to a red light, drop the seat a bit for easy safe footing while not moving. Get moving again and raise it up for the best leg extension. Plus of course ease of getting on and off.
 
I still need to look at cable routing to see if I can do an internal cable or if I need to go external. I’m hoping I won’t need to have a cable tied to the outside of the frame.
 
I just found out about dropper seat posts.
They work sort of like the adjustable office chairs we all love so much. Flip a lever and put some weight on the saddle to drop it to its lowest position, then when you are ready flip the lever again and the saddle adjusts to its preset high position.
They are meant for mtb’s to allow easy seat height adjustment for ascents, descents and road riding. In my case it will make it much easier for my fat old body to get on and off the bike and still have an efficient seat height for riding.

As I wrote somewhere in another post it was a surprise also for me how useful is the dropper. I do not need it to get on and off the bike but just on very steep descent or downhill off road.
 
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I'm the only one of the riders in my usual group that has one but have been noticing lately that some of the group - we are all late sixties to mid seventies are leaning their bikes over to get on due to difficulty lifting a leg over the bike. Once riding they are fine but a dropper post might help. For me the main and most useful feature is coming to a stop and lowering the seat for stable footing.
 
I'm the only one of the riders in my usual group that has one but have been noticing lately that some of the group - we are all late sixties to mid seventies are leaning their bikes over to get on due to difficulty lifting a leg over the bike. Once riding they are fine but a dropper post might help. For me the main and most useful feature is coming to a stop and lowering the seat for stable footing.

I’m in my mid-50s, and my hips (so far) are still pretty functional.

Still a bike tipper, though.
Don’t want to take any chances.
 
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