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How To Install A Bike Saddle

It’s one of cycling’s oldest adages: a happy butt equals a happy bike rider. Indeed, nothing ruins a ride quicker than an uncomfortable saddle. The good news is that there are dozens of models to choose from, so if you’re having issues don’t be afraid to try a new one. And unlike some components on your bike, saddle installation is easy. 


Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Before removing your old saddle, measure the height from the middle of your bottom bracket to the top your saddle. Next measure from the tip of your saddle to the end of your stem. You’ll want to replicate both these measures with your new saddle, so make sure to write them down.

  2. Using an Allen wrench or hex wrench, loosen the clamp bolts that are keeping your saddle in place. Make sure to only loosen them to start, while also examining the clamping mechanism of your seatpost. Some seatposts are a little complex and confusing, so make sure to pay close attention to how they come apart and go back together. Now completely loosen the clamp bolts and remove the old saddle.

  3. Next install the new saddle by placing the saddle rails into channel on the seatpost’s bottom plate. Once in place, rotate the seatpost’s top plate into place and begin tightening the seatpost bolts.

  4. Continue tightening the bolts until they are snug but not completely tight. You want to leave them loose enough so you can still make adjustments to the up-down and fore-aft position.

  5. Once the bolts are snug, place a carpenter’s level on top of the saddle, and tilt the saddle nose up or down until it’s level. Now slide the saddle backwards or forwards until it’s the same distance from the stem as your old saddle was. Use a tape measure to confirm the accuracy of this position. When positioning is done, securely tighten all bolts, then measure saddle height. If necessary, move the seatpost up or down until desired height is achieved.

  6. Finally, with the proper Allen wrench tucked in your jersey pocket, head out for a short shakedown spin. Check to make sure the saddle remains secure, and if necessary make additional up-down, fore-aft or height adjustments.

If you have any questions about saddle installation, call the Performance Bicycle Spin Doctor product support line at 1-800-553-TECH. Happy riding.


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