Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 13 of 13
  1. #1
    Senior Member leicanthrope's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Los Gatos, CA
    My Bikes
    1975 Fuji Professional 1982 Fuji Team
    Posts
    485
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Leather 'weight' for recovering old saddles?

    I have an old San Marco Rolls that I'm thinking of trying to replace the threadbare old leather on. Unfortunately, I have yet to track down any local sources for leather, and may have to order something online.

    Do any of you who have undertaken this sort of project before (or just know leather), have any suggestion of what "weight" leather to use on a saddle of this sort? I'm enough of a neophyte that I can't visualize what 1 oz. leather is versus 3 oz. leather, and don't want to order a bunch of the wrong stuff.

  2. #2
    Junior Member Time Trialer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    New England
    My Bikes
    1948 BSA 3-speed with 3-cog Cyclo derailleur; Colin Lang- 1973 vintage all-Campy road bike, Schindelhauer Ludwig XIV
    Posts
    15
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I found this poking around last night. It may give you some ideas. A Great Vintage Show Ad - All Services - USA - New Jersey - Lawrenceville - New Leather for Old Saddles

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    555
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    They to be garment weight leather. Go to Salvation Army store and buy an old leather jacket with enough unseamed area to cover your saddle.

  4. #4
    Senior Member Grand Bois's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Pinole, CA, USA
    Posts
    15,498
    Mentioned
    16 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I successfully covered a saddle with leather from a discarded couch.

  5. #5
    rhm
    rhm is offline
    multimodal commuter rhm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    NJ, NYC, LI
    My Bikes
    1940s Fothergill, 1948 Raleigh Record Ace, 1959 Allegro Special, 1963? Claud Butler Olympic Sprint, Lambert 'Clubman', 1972 Fuji Finest, 1983 Trek 720, 1984 Counterpoint Opus II, 1993 Basso Gap, 2010 Downtube 8h, and...
    Posts
    12,712
    Mentioned
    61 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Time Trialer View Post
    No, that's my page. I do Brooks type saddles, a thick piece of leather on a metal frame. Leicanthrope wants thin upholstery leather for a padded saddle.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wulf View Post
    They to be garment weight leather. Go to Salvation Army store and buy an old leather jacket with enough unseamed area to cover your saddle.
    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
    I successfully covered a saddle with leather from a discarded couch.
    That might work. But older leather, such as what you'll probably get on worn out furniture or clothing, is likely somewhat dried out and will not stretch well enough for the job. I'm sure you can make it work, as Grand Bois did, but it will be easier to do a good job with new leather.

    I would go to Home - Springfield Leather Co. Inc. and ask an expert.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Grand Bois's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Pinole, CA, USA
    Posts
    15,498
    Mentioned
    16 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The problem I had was too much stretch. I pulled too hard, expecting it to spring back somewhat and it didn't. It just stretched out. It took me a couple of tries to get it right. I was more gentle with it the second time. The leather was green and I decided I didn't like it and threw it away. I used 3M spray adhesive.
    Last edited by Grand Bois; 08-08-14 at 02:48 PM.

  7. #7
    Senior Member gaucho777's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Berkeley, CA
    My Bikes
    '72 Cilo Pacer • '73 Speedwell Ti • '74 Nishiki Competition • '74 Peugeot UE-8 • '86 Look Equipe (753) • '86 Look KG86 • '89 Parkpre Team Road • '90ish Parkpre Team MTB
    Posts
    4,038
    Mentioned
    23 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    After searching and coming up empty at various local arts & crafts stores and fabric stores, I eventually bought a large leather scrap on ebay. Try seating for "leather remnants." You will find various sizes, colors, and flavors. Some of the old Rolls saddles were made with bull leather, iirc.

  8. #8
    Senior Member rootboy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Sand Spit East
    Posts
    13,029
    Mentioned
    88 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    I've bought some two foot square 1.5 to 2 mm thick leather from Peggy Sue at Tacoma Glove, and been very satisfied.
    It is very good stuff.

    12" by 20" Black Leather Cowhide Top Grain Divine 2 5 oz 1mm 12"x20" Peggysue | eBay

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    60
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    are we talking about putting leather on top of existing seat or leather? Or are we talkign about bare metal and this ebay leather stretched across it? i have an old ideale 90 with rock hard and broken leather id love to bring back to life

  10. #10
    Senior Member Oldpeddaller's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Maidstone, Kent, England
    My Bikes
    1970 Holdsworth Mistral, Vitus 979, Colnago Primavera, Corratec Hydracarbon, Massi MegaTeam, 1935 Claud Butler Super Velo, Carrera Virtuoso, Viner, 1953 Claud Butler Silver Jubilee, 1954 Holdsworth Typhoon, 1966 Claud Butler Olympic Road, 1982 Claud
    Posts
    2,499
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by agchopz View Post
    are we talking about putting leather on top of existing seat or leather? Or are we talkign about bare metal and this ebay leather stretched across it? i have an old ideale 90 with rock hard and broken leather id love to bring back to life
    An Ideale 90 is a 'leather' topped saddle, need to send that to Rudi (member RHM, see his post above or his page at A Great Vintage Show Ad - All Services - USA - New Jersey - Lawrenceville - New Leather for Old Saddles for the top to be replaced. A Rolls saddle, original post - has a thin leather covering.
    Oldpeddaller - The older I get, the better I used to be !!!" ***** If at first you don't succeed - hit it with a hammer.

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

  11. #11
    Senior Member rootboy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Sand Spit East
    Posts
    13,029
    Mentioned
    88 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    Plastic shell, covered with glued down thin leather.

  12. #12
    Senior Member rootboy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Sand Spit East
    Posts
    13,029
    Mentioned
    88 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    One ounce leather is 1/64 thick. 3 ounce is 3/64ths. Four ounce is 1/16, etc.

    You can't order exact thicknesses but usually, a range. Like, 2to3 oz. 3to4 oz.
    The upholstery leather from Tacoma Glove in the link above would be good stuff to use.
    1.5 to 2 mm.
    Last edited by rootboy; 08-08-14 at 07:41 PM.

  13. #13
    coprolite fietsbob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    NW,Oregon Coast
    My Bikes
    7
    Posts
    3,207
    Mentioned
    47 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I used a piece of 'Chamois' from the car care section. dyed it after I was done , with shoe dye from the shoe repair shop.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •