Directions for Mounting a Bicycle Saddle

Directions for Mounting a Bicycle SaddleOftentimes the stock bicycle seat that comes with a new bike isn't the most comfortable or preferred. Other times, riders can get so much mileage out of a saddle that it begins to wear out. Whatever the case, there's no short supply of bicycle saddles on the market, and luckily for bike owners, the saddles are easy to mount. All you need is a few simple tools and measurements and you can mount a bicycle saddle in just a few minutes.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
Directions for Mounting a Bicycle Saddle
  • Allen or hex wrench
Step 1
Loosen the bolt below the saddle holding the seat to its mount. You don't need to take the bolt completely out, but loosen it enough that the saddle mount becomes loose and you can pull the seat free of the bike.
Step 2
Slide the new seat onto the mount, making sure to set the rails of the saddle into the clamp.
Step 3
Tighten the bolt until it is firmly held, but do not tighten it completely.
Step 4
Find the cam underneath the saddle between the mount and the front end of the bike and use it to adjust the tilt of the saddle. Tilting the saddle forward between 0 and 10 degrees improves the comfort of the saddle for most riders, although it is up to your own personal preference. Try out the saddle by sitting on it and adjusting it forward as desired.
Step 5
Fully tighten the mount underneath the saddle using your wrench.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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