bit of a break during the vacation, but back now working on the bike.
Thanks to some good advice from my LBS (cycleparts, nijmegen) I got the seatpost out ... basically was not trying hard enough. I used my neighbours bench vice this afternoon, with a bit of effort, a lot of noise (really terrible screeching sound as we rotated the frame), the seatpost was out!
Seatpost was trashed from being held in the vice, but not to matter, it was not original anyway ... on removal I could see that it was a Kalloy unit ...
Now, all I need is a nice shiny Race Light seatpost in it's place. Anyone have one for sale? (will place a post in the appropriate area of the forum).
From what I've read I need a 26.6 size unit. The Kalloy was also that size, but maybe too long? After cleaning it it moved fine in the frame but I could not get the seat post in much further than just below the top tube. When fitted the tube was jammed in well below the top tube. I don't know how far the post is supposed to descend in to the frame. Anyone out there with some advice on this?
@Chris D ... thanks for your kind remarks. How are you doing with getting back off road?