For a person who wants to remain comfortable while driving a Cruiser bike, the height of the bicycle seat is a crucial area. If it is slightly above the optimum height, the seat post would deprive the rider of the safety which comes by using his feet. Reciprocally, if it is below the perfect height, the seat post could induce joint pains. Thus, if you’re suffering from any of the above-mentioned problems, and want to take a break away from them, you’ve landed at the right place.
Through simple yet effective steps, we would show you how to raise a Cruiser bicycle seat. Consequently, you could be able to ride your bicycle with ease and comfort.
Step # 1: Loosen the bolt beneath the seat post
Assuming that you already know what seat height would suit you, the first step involves loosening the bolt. This bolt is located beneath the seat post. To do this, you need to have a 13 or 14mm wrench at your disposal. After placing the wrench around the bolt, rotate it – along with the bolt, in a counter-clockwise direction.
Step # 2: Indicate the height you want with a marker
Since you know what seat height suits you the best, make sure you remember it. To do this, take a marker of a bright color and mark the point on the post where you want your seat to rest.
Step # 3: Raise the seat
Now that you’ve loosened the bolt – and marked the point of elevation, all you have to do is to raise the seat post to this level. Unlike the above mentioned steps – which required a tool at your disposal, you could do this step with bare hands. If the seat is resisting, twist it from side to side to ensure that seat rises to its optimum height.
Step # 4: Lubricate the tube
As you might have guessed from the “twisting” part of the last step, your seat post has an element of friction to it. To reduce this friction, lube the seat tube. However, if your seat post is made up of a carbon-fiber, use a lubricant made up of dry graphite powder.
Step # 5: Make sure that the seat post is aligned with the frame
As you might know, aligning the whole seat with the frame is IMPOSSIBLE. For, the seat is curved and no matter how much you try, the whole seat post could not be aligned with the frame. Thus, it is the pointed end of the seat which you need to align with the frame.
Step # 6: Adjust the angle of the seat
The angle of the seat is one area which differentiates a men’s Cruiser bike from that of a women’s. In the case of a women Cruiser bike, wide pelvic bones call for a “TILTED DOWNWARD” seat post. For men, the seat posts are “TILTED UPWARD”.
While women won’t like it, the temptation of tilting the seat downward too much could cost them their comfort. For, a downward seat might induce strain in their arms and shoulders.
Step # 7: Tighten the bolt/lever
Although Best Cruiser bikes these days come up with a bolt, some of them also contain levels beneath the seat post. To make sure that no one goes wanting from this page, we’ve decided to include both methods.
Firstly, if there is a bolt beneath your seat post, repeat the STEP ONE with one difference. While you turned the bolt in the counterclockwise direction there, turn it along the clockwise direction in this case. In case there is a lever, tighten the bolt which is around the lever. However, if the bolt has closed too tight, unscrew it a few turns.
Congrats, you’ve raised the seat height of your cycle.