We’ve seen many customers coming to the workshop with one simple issue; the bike post fell inside the frame when they were adjusting the seat. While this is an annoying little problem, there’s nothing major to worry about. It was caused by improper installation. And it can be fixed by a simple but tedious process.
Unfortunately for us, when a bike seat post falls inside the frame, it also gets stuck in a way that makes it seemingly impossible to get out.
Our first objective would be to prevent it from ever happening. Now, how would you do it?
How to Prevent A Seat Post from Falling And Getting Stuck Inside
Here are a few tips to keep in mind to avoid any mistakes during installation.
- Always attach the saddle to the seat post before inserting it. This may make the installation process harder, but it saves you from dealing with a stuck seat pipe.
- Grease the surface of the seat piller so that it can slide in and out easily. This way, you’re eliminating the risk of it getting stuck inside. No need to grease the post if you have already lubricated the bike tube.
Why Does A Seat Post Fall Inside Frame And Get Stuck?
It helps to know why a seat falls and gets stuck if you want to prevent it. In most cases, lack of proper installation is to blame. If you don’t attach the seat first, the post can fall at any moment since there’s nothing to hold it.
Fortunately, the newer models come with a fall-prevention design where the top part of the post is larger than the bike frame diameter.
More often than not, the fallen seat posts get stuck due to mismatched size. The difference between the post’s diameter and the tube’s inside diameter is too little to prevent any friction. So, when the tube isn’t greased enough, it’s likely for the bike post to get stuck.
If the size of the post isn’t an issue, a deformed tube could have the reason. And a twisted tube can be caused by many things, such as an accident or a misplaced hammer impact. It also means the bike frame is losing durability.
How to Pull Up A Seat Post from The Seat Tube
Pulling up the seat post is a fairly easy task unless it got jammed up against the walls. Here’s what you can do to solve it.
Step 1: Check If It’s Stuck Or Moving
If you’re lucky, the seat post won’t be stuck, and you’ll have an easy time. Follow the next steps.
But if the seat post got stuck, we need far more rigorous methods. Skip to the next point.
Step 2: Use An Extension Wrench
Take an extension wrench and attach a spoke to the top of it. Bend the top part of the spoke so it can hold the seat post. Now insert it in the post, and try to find the edge to hold it and bring it up.
Once you get the post on the bent spoke-head, you can simply pull it out.
How To Un-stuck A Stuck Seat Post
This is a tough one, especially if the seat post is made of aluminum and the seat tube is made of steel.
Here are a few options you can try.
- Use a pipe wrench to pull it out, but there’s a risk of damaging it.
- If you can get your hands on liquid nitrogen, it can shrink the aluminum seat post just enough to let it loose from the steel tube. And then you can pull it out.
- If nothing works, drill directly at the end of the seat post. You have to do it through guessing. Once you find the end, you use an elbow wrench to hammer the stuck post out of the tube.
There are other ways you could free your seat tube from an aluminum seat post. But that would require its destruction, which will render it unusable. Some people use ammonia or caustic soda to dissolve aluminum. It’s only advisable if you simply can’t take it out and you have a steel frame.
If your bike seat post fell inside the frame but didn’t get stuck inside, you should be relieved. As mentioned earlier, a fallen seat post can easily be taken out with some tricks.
But a stuck seat post will not only waste your time and energy, but it’ll most likely cost you double the money. So follow the precautions to prevent it from falling inside the frame.