When you think about it, the seat is a pretty important part of the bike. It’s not just the place where you temporarily park your behind when zipping around the neighborhood or while participating in your local triathlon. It can also be your very own confessional seat or office chair.
All jokes aside, it’s important to make sure that your bike seat is properly attached to its post so that no unexpected “accidents” happen while riding your bike.
Read on for a short and helpful guide on how to attach a bike seat to a post.
How to Attach a Bike Seat to a Post
Here are the steps you should take:
1. Put Your Bicycle on a Bike Stand
Attach the bike onto a bike stand or prop it up against a sturdy tree or pillar.
2. Find the Clamp
Look at the spot between the bottom of the back of the seat and over the seatpost. You should see the clamp there, whose job is to keep the seat secure using two rails that are located beneath the seat.
While newer bike models come with two Allen bolts to attach the seat, older bikes usually feature just one.
That’s because there are two parts in the clamp of a modern-day bike, hence the need for two bolts to hold it up instead of one.
Now, turn the counter in a counter-clockwise direction to loosen the bolts using a 5mm hex wrench. If that doesn’t work, try a 6mm wrench instead or any other hex wrench that works with your bike’s Allen bolts.
3. Loosen the Bolts
Loosen the bolts one by one until you’re able to rotate the uppermost part of the saddle at a 90-degree angle. At this point, you should be able to lift the seat without much effort.
The post should still have the lower part of the clamp attached to it. Loosen the two blot clamps and move the seat gently using sideways motions until you’ve detached it from the rails and the clamp itself.
4. Make Sure All Components Are There
Now you’re ready to install your new bike seat in its place. First, check it to make sure all of its components are in place before you attach it to the bottom-most part of the saddle clamps. This is especially important if you’re working with a single bolt clamp.
If you look on the sides of the saddle clamp, you’ll find semi-circle divots. These should match up with the two rails located at the bottom of the seat, as you need to join the two together.
Once you’ve installed the divots, twist the uppermost part of the seat clamp at a 90-degree angle to align the bottom and top half of the clamp.
If you have two bolt clamps, simply install the rails while you twist the seat and attach them with your Allen bolt. Be sure to keep the bolt loose until you’re sure the seat is well-positioned.
5. Move the Saddle Clamp
Move the upper part of the saddle clamp smoothly across from the handlebar so that the seat is in a comfortable position.
If you’re not quite sure if your seat is well-positioned at this angle, you can always test it out and adjust it later.
6. Test the Seat
Now, test the seat to make sure it’s angled right so you can tightly secure the bottom and top parts of the saddle clamp together. However, if it isn’t, you can always adjust it later.
7. Secure the Bolt Again
Secure the bolt tightly one more time. If you’re using a dual bolt system, tighten both bolts a couple of alternate times to ensure that they’re well-positioned and tight.
There you have it! You’ve just figured out how to attach a bike seat to a post.
How to Install a Bike Seatpost
A lot of cyclists like their bikes a little lighter. If you’re of the same opinion, then you may consider trading your heavier bike parts for lighter ones. This includes your seat post.
You’ll need a lighter seatpost to match all of your lighter bike components. The good news is that most lightweight bike seats are nice and sleek with chrome finishing that greatly improves the appearance and performance of the bike.
You may also decide to opt for a dropper seatpost whose height is easier to adjust even on the road.
If you’re looking to install a new seatpost for these and other reasons, here are some tips on how to attach a bike seat to a post.
1. Measure the Seatpost
Before you remove the seatpost, get a tape measure to figure out the overall height of the post. Write the measurement down on your phone or with a pencil so you can remember it.
2. Loosen the Clamp Bolt
Get an Allen wrench and use it to loosen the clamp bolt. Make sure it’s loose enough for you to easily remove the post.
3. Remove the Seatpost
Once you’ve removed the seatpost, look for its size number. It should be on the seatpost itself. If it’s invisible, use a caliper to measure the seatpost diameter and write it down so you don’t forget it.
4. Make Sure the Seatpost Fits
Make sure the new seatpost is of the same size as the old one so that it’ll fit like a glove in the bike seat tube.
If you’re lucky enough to have a carbon fiber seatpost, you’ll need a special paste to attach the seatpost and keep it in place. That way, there will be less tightening required.
Apply the paste on both sides of the seatpost and on the inner part of the seat tube before moving it smoothly into the tube.
The post should go right at the insertion mark, which is different for each post.
5. Adjust the Seatpost
The seat should remain loose until you’re sure that you have the right height measurement. Some bikes come with a quick-release seat tube which means you’ll need to tighten it until you’re done attaching the seatpost.
Should you feel the need to adjust your seatpost, the quick release system will make that easier for you without requiring the use of an Allen wrench.
6. Attach the Saddle onto the Seatpost
Now, attach your saddle securely onto the seatpost. Make sure the measurements you took in the first step match up.
7. Position the Saddle
Position the saddle properly before you tighten it.
As you can see, learning how to attach a bike seat to a post isn’t that hard. All you need is an Allen wrench, some measuring tape and to follow the provided instructions.
It’s even better if you have a modern carbon-fiber bike because you can substitute the Allen wrench with a paste, and Bob’s your uncle!