First read the article on how to attach your drilled seat to the bike. This will give you insight into what hardware you might want to use.
This job is challenging if you want to do it well, as there are not good consistent reference point on a carbon seat, just a lot of curves. It hard to approach it with a tape measure and just mark it for drilling,
My first method involved a seat plate frame (CAx or A) and a set of
struts and hardware. This is probably what most home mechanics will want to do:
First, position the strut brackets an inch farther
down the seat than a Bent Up Cycles recumbent bag (deepest bag I know of) reaches. This way your strut location never limits your bag choice.
Mount the brackets as far outboard as possible still leaving about 2mm
between the head of the strut pivot bolt and the seat rib. These 2 holes
don’t have to be perfectly aligned longitudinally on the seat, as long
as you have Velogenesis clamps. If you still use grenade pins, they do.
While you are at it, get a aluminum upper seat stiffener from Larry
Graham to prevent localized seat flex and create better triangulation in
the back of the bike.
Attach strut brackets, struts, and
mount it all on the frame. If you bend your strut ends to lay fMake sure you adjust the VG clamps so the
struts are equidistant from the rear tire. Make sure the seat if roughly
at your preferred seat angle. Put masking tape on the frame on either
side of the plate so you don’t scuff anything with the drill. Drill out
all the holes you intend to use, or just all of them to 6mm (1/4″ is
fine). Deburr holes.
Now drop the seat base on the
frames seat plate. Carefully center the seat plate between the rims of
the seat and pick holes in the plate where the seat is closest to
parallel with the plate. Centering is easy with the new seat as they are
too narrow to fit over the seat plate. Mark one hole and drill it. Bolt
it down with your chosen hardware and rigid spacers to keep the seat
ribs off the sides of the plate. Now recheck that your seat is not
twisted and is level, and drill the second hole.
can take a hour. What I did at Bent Up Cycles was to then make 2 tools,
that attach extremely well to the upper seat and seat base, each with
drill guides and multiple set of holes for different seat angles. Now it
takes 1 minute to drill a seat perfectly. 😉