Are you nagged by the flimsy saddle hinge, especially when having the storage compartment open and both hands full? You were busy in the storage compartment and the saddle fell on year head or even jammed your hands? You need a seat holder and here’s how to do it!
Prepare for some magic!
For little money (~5-10€/$) and 30 minutes of work you can apply this hack and get a seat holder which keeps the saddle staying place!
All you need to do is get a (pair of) hydraulic gas springs/dampers originally made for furniture. In 99% you’ll get a set of two because they were meant for holding/opening furniture doors, but we need just one of them. Don’t worry, they’re really cheap and you’ll get them nearly anywhere, e.g. at Amazon or eBay.
Just make sure that they meet these 3 points:
- They’re not stronger than 100 Newton meters
- The damper are about 24-25cm long when fully expanded
- The set has at least on vertical and one omnidirectional mounting plate/pod
Nearly all sets look somewhat like this kit (give and take one or another part):
Beyond this, all you need is a screwdriver and a bit of a handyman talent.
The screws can be directly screwed into the compartments and seats plastic. While the latter is pretty soft, the compartment is made of a stronger plastic, so you either use a bit of force or do it like I did: First mark the spots where the screws will go, screw in the screws without the mounting plates, get them out again and finally put everything in place. I suggest not pre-drilling the holes as this will reduce the material for the screws to hold in place – the plastic is already thin enough and you don’t like to risk to rip out your cool seat holder after a while.
After all that bla-bla, here’s my video showing how to do it: