How to Lower a Bicycle Seat

How to Lower a Bicycle Seat
Adjusting the bicycle seat or saddle is one of the first things that you'll do on any new bike. Getting the proper seat height will enable more comfortable, effective biking. Take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the seat post hardware, make the adjustment and enjoy better form on your bicycle.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Allen Wrench
Step 1
Determine how the seat post is fastened to the seat tube. You should see either a quick release or binder bolt where the post meets the seat tube.
Step 2
For quick release, pull the lever outward and you will automatically loosen the seat post so that it can be adjusted up or down.
Step 3
For a binder bolt, use an Allen wrench to loosen the bolt. Turn it counterclockwise to loosen until the clamp is loose enough that the seat post slides up and down freely.
Step 4
Gently rotate the seat post and push it lower into the seat tube until it's in the position that you want it. When sitting on the seat with the ball of your foot set horizontally on the pedal, your leg should be slightly bent at the knee when the pedal is at its lowest point. With your heel on the pedal, your leg should be fully extended when the pedal is at the bottom of its stroke.
Step 5
After the seat is low enough, make sure that it's aligned directly with the frame (not angled to one side) and tighten the bolt or close the quick release.

Tips & Warnings

Other adjustments including seat tilt and fore/aft position are also important toward increasing your comfort and performance. These are adjusted with the seat post clamp hardware underneath the seat.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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