How to Remove the Seat Post on a Bike

How to Remove the Seat Post on a Bike
The seat post is an adjustable part of your bike that connects to the frame and supports your bike saddle. It is made to be adjustable on most bikes to accommodate riders of various sizes. Sometimes a bike saddle will also come with a particular seat post, especially if the seat post is designed to be lighter and help you go faster. Whatever your reason for removing the seat post from your bicycle, most of the time it will only take a minute or two to accomplish.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Allen wrench
  • Vise
Step 1
Loosen the pinch bolt holding your seat post in place by turning the bolt to the left with an Allen wrench. Remove the pinch bolt completely if you are struggling to pull the post out of the frame.
Step 2
Turn the seat post back and forth while pulling up to help the post shimmy out of the bike frame.
Step 3
Grip the post in a vise that's either held by an assistant or anchored down securely. Twist the bike frame while pulling on it to remove the seat post.

Tips & Warnings

Never use WD-40 on your bicycle. If it gets inside the frame--which will certainly happen if you try to use it to loosen your seat post--it can accelerate corrosion inside your bike frame.

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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