Re: laid / layed back seat post
Nice build, Toothy.
Our moderator, Dan, once described riding a cruiser without a lay-back seat post as feeling like he was doing 'The Chicken Dance'. I agree. Even if you're not six foot plus many cruiser frames are a little short in the crotch and the ride/comfort will be greatly improved by getting that saddle aft a few inches.
A solid post is the way to go, or a gusseted tubular one. There have been many reports of the cheaper tubular posts bending. One I know of dropped the guy right onto his rear wheel at speed. Not a pretty thought.
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