Biking is an extracurricular activity that millions of people in the world use as a form of entertainment. Not only is it a great way to pass the time, but it’s ideal for fitness enthusiasts as well as seen in the Olympics and cross-country marathons.
Just like there are a variety of bikes available on the market, there are just as many, if not more, bike seats. This guide is going to provide you with simple, step-by-step instructions that teach you how to install a bike seat.
Tools Required to Install a Bike Seat
The tools that you need to install, remove, or adjust your bike seat vary depending on the type of seat that you have. Some bikes have seats that are far more complicated to remove and install while others simply have screws or levers that need to be adjusted.
The good thing is that there’s almost no need to go to a professional to have your bike seat installed. While the option is there, the tools that are required for the task are undoubtedly hanging around in your tool drawer or your garage.
At the very least, your neighbor is likely to have them if you don’t. If you aren’t sure what tools your specific bike needs, it’s better to have more than less. Here are a handful of tools that are commonly used when installing bike seats.
- Allen wrench
- Hex wrench
- Adjustable wrench
- Measuring tape
- Carpenter’s level
- Carpenter’s pencil
Installing a Bike Seat
You don’t need to be intimidated at the thought of installing a bicycle seat. In order to ensure you’re comfortable while riding your bike, there’s a good chance that you need to replace the stock seat it comes with, especially if you plan on riding for extended periods.
Few things in the biking world are worse than an uncomfortable bike riding experience because your seat isn’t right. Follow along with these instructions to help you further.
Before removing your stock seat, ensure that you measure the height from the middle of the bottom bracket to the top of your seat. You also need to measure the tip of your saddle to the stem so that you can replicate them. Jotting down the measurements is always recommended.
Make sure that you have a hex or Allen wrench in your tool kit. You are going to use that tool to loosen the bolts that keep your saddle in place. Ensure that you only loosen the clamps at the beginning, and also keep an eye on the mechanism of your bike’s seat post while loosening.
You might find that some seat posts are more complicated than others, but it gets easier with more experience. Make sure that you pay attention to not only how they come apart, but how they go back together. Once you’re confident that you understand how the clamps work, it’s safe to loosen them entirely and remove the stock seat.
The next part can happen in just a few minutes. Installation of your new saddle is easier than you think. You start by setting the new saddle rails onto the channel of your bike’s seat post’s bottom plate. Once there, you can rotate the seat post into place and use your Allen or hex wrench to start tightening the seat post’s bolts.
You want to keep tightening the clamp bolts until they are good and snug, but not entirely tight. They need to be loose enough to make adjustments to what’s called the “up-down” and “fore-aft” position.
As soon as you have the clamp bolts snug, it’s suggested that you use a carpenter’s level on top of the seat, and tilt the nose up and down until you see that it’s level. From there, you slide the seat backward and forwards until it reaches the same distance as the original stock seat. Having a tape measure at your disposal is going to confirm your accuracy.
As soon as your seat is positioned adequately, you can securely tighten all bolts and then measure the saddle height. You can use the measurements that you previously jotted down to help you in this step.
Once you feel like you properly installed your new bike seat, you can take it outside with your Allen wrench to test it out. Ensure that the saddle remains secure, and make any adjustments that are needed before taking it out on a long spin.
You can watch the YouTube video below that briefly teaches you how to install a bike seat. It’s important to keep in mind that not all bikes are the same.
There are basic instructions that come with adjusting, removing, and installing saddles, but they do change slightly depending on the type of bike that you have. There are also a variety of other bike seat installation videos that you can find on YouTube should you require further assistance.
As you can see, installing a bike seat doesn't have to be hard if you know what you are doing. What is more convenient is that you only need basic tools.