Track Cycling: Velodrome Racing and Training Area - Where to re-cover KASHIMAX track saddles?
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08-08-07, 12:13 AM
I have a growing number of Kashima 5GOLD saddles sitting here that are really worn out.
I basically want to take 4-5 in somewhere to be recovered....but where? I don:t want business names
or anything because I live in Japan, but really just want to know who would do it....like leather shops?
shoe repair/makers? bike shops?
Has anyone had this done? I actually have one 5GOLD saddle that I know has been retrimmed, because
dark red was never a factory colour, and it looks beautiful. Just forgot to ask the racer I bought it from where
he had it done.....
08-08-07, 02:31 AM
Hmm, that's interesting for me as well. I live in Japan as well and have 2 worn Fivegold saddles.
But, maybe it will be easier to just buy a new one? They're not expensive.
08-08-07, 03:14 AM
yeah i know I have a new white one that i use now, but want to look into recovering these with interesting colours, for future builds. Maybe orange to match decals of my unbuilt-up naga.
Where are you Tadashi, Kanto or Kansai?
08-08-07, 03:43 AM
Well, yes, different colors would be interesting, but it may be too expensive/too much hassle to recover the saddle.
I'm in Tokyo.
08-08-07, 04:10 AM
I am happy to pay for it. Not trying to skimp here. Just want a unique seat.
Anyone know where to go?
08-09-07, 06:02 AM
Has anyone had this done?
I've done it myself and so can you. Getting the materials is the hardest part. You need to find a leather sales house to visit and pick out what you like. Don't even think of doing this unless you can do it in person. You need "garmant grade" leather and at a good leather supplier you will find more choices than you ever dreamed of. Want Boa Constrictor? Alligator? Fish skins? Plain ol' cow hide? Ostrich? They got 'em.
You'll have to buy way more leather than you need for one saddle (they won't cut a small piece for you) but that's the price you're going to pay and leather is expensive.
Peel off the original leather carefully so as not to rip any padding. Only use the original leather as a rough pattern - cut yourself a piece that's way oversize. Get yourself a can of contact cement.
Do the saddle in stages - glue on the top part first (make sure you know how contact cement works!) then do one side at a time. Finally you will be left with the nose, the back and the flaps and of course they all have to be tucked under and stuck down.
Go slowly here and you will see that V's have to be cut to get rid of excess leather. Plan and do this before you use cement on these areas. Look how the original cover was cut before you remove it. Take digi-pics if necessary.
I'm a quarter century custom leather worker so this stuff comes easily to me. And the answer is NO I can't do your saddle for you! :o)
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