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Old 10-04-19, 02:03 PM
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Re-upholdstering a saddle

Video of a saddle being re-upholdster.

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Old 10-04-19, 02:46 PM
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Thanks for posting that. I enjoyed watching it. Always nice to see a craftsman at work.
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I am going to watch this when I get home tonight. I have similar seat to recover. The original has several pieces stitched together, but this will help. I've done some saddles without the center cut-out before. This will be my first with a center cutout.
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Old 10-04-19, 03:17 PM
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Here's an old thread on recovering saddles. It used to be one of my favorites, but it was bitten by the photobucket debacle. It still has lots of good info and the overall process documented. https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...ur-saddle.html
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Old 10-04-19, 03:37 PM
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1. Iím not sure I even want to know whatís in that yellow bottle.
2. I love how expressive his hands are when the cover comes off and the padding is shredded.
3. Mad skills.
4. Really nice tools. Especially those shears.
5. I would love to know what he used for the padding.
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Old 10-06-19, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Velo Mule View Post
I am going to watch this when I get home tonight. I have similar seat to recover. The original has several pieces stitched together, but this will help. I've done some saddles without the center cut-out before. This will be my first with a center cutout.
Can you take some before and after pictures? I think it would be nice to see that.
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Old 10-07-19, 06:53 AM
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Good idea to document the recovering of the saddle. Don't hold your breath for it, it is a lower priority, but I'll get to it.
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Old 10-07-19, 08:49 AM
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I am not sure that I would be comfortable riding a saddle where the rails could be snapped in by hand. My understanding is that an arbor press is used to install the rails for the original assembly.
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Old 10-07-19, 10:00 AM
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What a great craftsman! So rare these days. I would love to find out if he does other people’s saddles or just his own.

I have 2 or 3 bad condition Selle Italia Turbomatic 2 saddles that deserve to be properly covered with some quality buffalo hide. The striations in buffalo hide provide cooling channels not to mention looking cool.

I’m not a big fan of the “bird’s beak” saddle tip on Selle SMP saddles. But the the way this craftsman is able to smoothe out the leather on such a complex shape makes me quite confident that a wrinkle free reupholstery job is quite doable on a more straightforward saddle shape.

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Old 10-07-19, 07:19 PM
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you guys have any idea what kind of adhesive he might using?
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Old 10-07-19, 07:33 PM
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you guys have any idea what kind of adhesive he might using?
I do not know what glue he is using however I have attach a link to glues used for leather.

https://gadgetsliving.com/best-glue-leather/
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Thanks for posting it was a pleasure to watch. I have had good success with Barge Cement which I find easy to use. I would probably use goo-gone (goof off, etc.) to try and remove the Barge Cement should my saddles ever come loose.
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Originally Posted by CycleryNorth81 View Post
I do not know what glue he is using however I have attach a link to glues used for leather.

https://gadgetsliving.com/best-glue-leather/
thanks!
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It would be great if a C&V member can repair saddles on a regular basis like @PastorBob with freewheels. Many times the damage is to the cover, not the saddle body.
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Old 10-08-19, 06:00 AM
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Originally Posted by CycleryNorth81 View Post
I do not know what glue he is using however I have attach a link to glues used for leather.

https://gadgetsliving.com/best-glue-leather/
I have done a few and have always used contact cement (Weldwood). On the other thread mentioned, it seems most folks were using either that or 3M spray adhesive, which I believe is also a contact cement.
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