How To Replace Bicycle Seats

How To Replace Bicycle Seats
One of the most common complaints about bicycling is an uncomfortable seat. There's nothing that hurts more than a hard, ill-fitting seat on a long, strenuous bike ride. The good news is that replacing the seat with something more comfortable isn't that difficult.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bicycle seat Allen wrench
  • Bicycle seat
  • Allen wrench
Step 1
Shop for your new seat. Decide what you dislike about your old saddle and find a saddle that addresses your issues. Get a seat that matches your style of riding--mountain biking, racing, cruising, etc. It should fit your body properly by supporting the two bones in your backside. It shouldn't be so wide as to cause your legs to brush against it as you pedal. Avoid the temptation to buy the softest seat, as this will be detrimental in the long run.
Step 2
Take off your old seat. Find the bolt or two in the clamp that holds the seat to the seat post. Determine the proper Allen wrench size, which might be a 4 mm or 5 mm, and unscrew the bolts until you can remove the seat from the clamp. Be mindful not to lose any hardware.
Step 3
Take the rails of your new seat and place them into the clamp. Place the top of the clamp onto the bottom and screw the bolts just enough to keep them in place. Set your seat at the position you'd like by pushing the rails forward or backward through the clamp. Adjust the angle of the seat by tilting it up or down.
Step 4
Tighten the bolts all the way to finish securing your new seat.
Step 5
Take a test ride. Before you go for a 20-mile ride, make sure the seat's position and angle are correct. Adjust it again if necessary.

Tips & Warnings

 
Before changing the seat, make sure that the problem is actually the seat and not simply an adjustment. Give your seat a little time to break in before deciding a replacement is needed.
 
Before changing the seat, make sure that the problem is actually the seat and not simply an adjustment.
 
Give your seat a little time to break in before deciding a replacement is needed.

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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