I'm living in Vietnam, and I need a comfortable bike saddle like the oversized saddles made by Cloud 9 and other companies. They don't sell them here, and importing one has many difficulties due to very high shipping costs and import duties, difficulty of payment, and then, of course, if I don't like the saddle or it's defective, returning it will be too much expense to bother with.
But they have native dudes here who build custom bikes. Obviously, their labor prices are much lower than what they would be in the US or Europe.
I'm wondering if I could get one of these guys to make me a comfortable, wide bike seat by showing him pictures of some of the styles that are available in other countries and asking him to try to make something similar.
Most likely, this will be something he has never done before. So the question of his capability arises. But also, how does one go about making a bike saddle? I'm sure these guys do not have injection molding facilities like real seat manufacturers.
Can a seat be made in some other way? How would they do it? Make the frame of metal? Would this be durable enough?
What do you think? Thanks for your opinions.