Steven Barrie has a new seat post and wants to keep it like new. We give him advice on how to prepare the post and frame so as to minimize any damage to either of them.
Question: How do I prepare the seat tube of my bike before fitting a seat post? I want to minimise scatching to the post.
You can watch the following video about installing a bicycle seat post to see how to do it
There will be some damage to your seat post, it’s inevitable. Carbon, alloy or titanium, you need to put some sort of grease on the seat post before you insert it in the frame and put some down the frame also.
Before you do this put your finger down the seat tube and feel for any sharp or rough edges, be careful not to cut yourself. If there is anything but a smooth tube, then get some emery paper or very fine sand paper and give it a little rub.
You don’t say what material your frame or seat pin is made of. You have to be careful with all of them, lots of grease is the answer, but sometimes the seat post might slip down.
It actually depends on the tightening system. If this happens you need take the grease off and fit it dry, this might damage your seat post, but this is preferable to the post slipping down when you are out riding.