How to Install a Bicycle Seat

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Bicycle seat repair. Learn how to install a seat on a bike with expert tips on bicycle repair in this free video clip.

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Hello, this is Russ with the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective. Online at Also here with Expert Village. Today I'm going to go ahead and show you how to install a new seat onto your bike. The one you have might be worn out or maybe its ripped because its tipped over or something like that. So you're going to remove the old seat. This is commonly called a micro adjustable seat post. There's two plates that are connected by a bolt and then this piece of the top that has the ability to kind of pivot so you can adjust your seat position. You're going to go ahead and remove the one that you have on there. Commonly, a 6 millimeter Allen wrench bolt under the bottom. After you've done that, to install the new one, it?s pretty simple. All you need to do is turn the top plate out of the way. Go ahead and drop the new seat on there, somehow getting the seat rails on to there underneath, you might need to loosen the bolt up a little bit more depending upon how loose you need to get it to get your old one off. After you have that on there, on the bottom set of rails, you can actually turn that top plate and you'll see that it all kind of lock into place there. After you do that, you'll tighten this down a little bit and what you want to do is before you get it too tight, you want to look at your seat position, the rails have the ability to move front to back about three-quarters of an inch in either direction. Then you also have the ability to pivot the seat in either direction so you can put the nose down or up or whichever way you'd prefer to have it. Go ahead and locate that seat position that you think might be good and start to tighten the bolt down a little bit. It will take quite a few turns. You want to make sure that the bolt?s nice and tight since you're going to have all of your riding weight on top of that. Double check that position one more time as now you've started to tighten it down, often this clamp will have a tendency to move or settle into one particular position. After you have that where you want it, you think its good, go ahead and go with the long side of the Allen wrench there, tighten that thing down the rest of the way and go out and take it for a ride and see how it feels.


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