Pop into Macon, Georgia around the mid-‘90s (if such things were possible), and you’d find Loronzo H ‘Ronnie’ Thomson putting his aerospace engineering experience to good use, making a better bicycle seatpost for his daughter; at that time a cyclist at Carnegie Mellon University.
Ronnie saw other seatposts on the market and realised that none were made with the precision CNC processes; something he had been practising for some years at L.H. Thomson Company Inc. With his innovative engineer’s mind, Ronnie swept aside convention and made a one-piece seatpost, both seriously light, yet strong enough to withstand bicycle stresses. A patent or two later (Thomson hold a lot of patents) and Thomson bike components were born. The rest, as they say, is history.