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Old 01-31-07, 08:02 AM   #1
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Can I recover my slr saddle?

is it worth it to pay for it? where? can i do it myself? should i just rip off the alabama chrome (duct tape) and leather and roll with just the shell (i always wear shorts w/ a chamois when riding - sue me.)

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*edit: i have a selle italia slr seat - several actually - that i love. it started coming uncovered (leather ripping) so i duct taped it. looking for input on whether or not i should look into recovering it or if the expenditure will nearly be the same as scoring a new seat (ebay, etc.)

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Old 01-31-07, 08:04 AM   #2
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Old 01-31-07, 08:21 AM   #3
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I had the same problem and finally ripped all the tape and leather off. That bit of padding makes some diference but if you can stand the slr you will survive without the little padding too, and now it looks better.
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his saddle is torn and ductaped he wonders if it is worth getting someone to reupholster it.

I'm going to say probably not. If you are comfortable with just the shell and leather I guess you could do it yourself though.
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alabama chrome (duct tape)
Thats f**king hilarious, never heard that one before


You can probably do it yourself or take it to some auto upholstery place and get an estimate.
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Old 01-31-07, 10:24 AM   #8
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loquaciousnessnous is deafening.

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carry on. and thanks.
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1. Remove covering.

2. Buy leather jacket or purse from thrift store with enough material to match the seat cover you bring shopping with you.

3. Cut out new cover.

4. Break out the staple gun.

5. BLING BLING
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is it worth it to pay for it? where? can i do it myself? should i just rip off the alabama chrome (duct tape) and leather and roll with just the shell (i always wear shorts w/ a chamois when riding - sue me.)
My cover started coming off, so I ripped it off the rest of the way. Then, I stripped most of the EVA padding off the shell, leaving mostly shell.

Riding the saddle this way wasn't uncomfortable until I started to sweat through my chamois. The saddle did nothing to help encourage evaporation, so my chamois became less comfortable over long distances (60+ miles).

I think the padding and the cover help strengthen the entire saddle, as after a few month of riding the stripped down shell, it cracked on me about two inches back from the tip of the nose.
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4. Break out the staple gun.
Staple what? There's no where to put a staple that will permanently stay or not poke you in the butt.

I'd glue it using ShoeGoo or RTV (room temperature vulcanizing). It'd have to be done in stages, so that you can stretch it tight.
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2. Buy leather jacket or purse from thrift store with enough material to match the seat cover you bring shopping with you.


Great idea I never thought of that. I'm gonna be in a seat recovering frenzy now
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1. Remove covering.

2. Buy leather jacket or purse from thrift store with enough material to match the seat cover you bring shopping with you.

3. Cut out new cover.

4. Break out the staple gun.

5. BLING BLING
Don't skip step 5 or it won't work. Act like you know.
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Old 01-31-07, 11:37 AM   #14
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Don't use staples - use some of this stuff, and it'll actually stay. I re-did my old Turbo with some faux snakeskin (I know, I know....but I also did matching DIY handlebar tape so it's cool).

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I've had this guy breath new life into a few saddles

Recycled Saddles.

The stuff he uses is pretty durable. The texture has a slight "fuzz", figured it would wear off easy but it doesn't and the stuff is durable. I think the price was $16/shipped when I did it but now it's $20. Worth it for an expensive saddle, maybe not for a cheap one unless you really like it and it's not manufactured anymore.

You can also probably do it yourself with 3M Super77 spray adhesive and whatever fabric you want.
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dude slr's are 25buckk pricepoint sells em rebadged as sette race ti saddles
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I've had this guy breath new life into a few saddles

Recycled Saddles.

The stuff he uses is pretty durable. The texture has a slight "fuzz", figured it would wear off easy but it doesn't and the stuff is durable. I think the price was $16/shipped when I did it but now it's $20. Worth it for an expensive saddle, maybe not for a cheap one unless you really like it and it's not manufactured anymore.

You can also probably do it yourself with 3M Super77 spray adhesive and whatever fabric you want.

hfs! he's in my town.
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I just recovered my saddle last night. I started with a Selle San Marco Island...


Pulled out the staples and peeled away the original cover...


Roughly traced the cover on marine vinyl (allowing 1/2" excess on all sides) and applied spray adhesive to both the saddle foam and the back of the vinyl...


I had to bind the rear with twine and tape to hold the vinyl into place until it bonded to the odd sahpe on the rear of the saddle.


After a few staples and adhesive the saddle now looks like this:
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that uncovered san marco looks like it's human bone...creepy.
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SingleSpeeDemon, that looks badass! I'd like to know how that holds up...
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that uncovered san marco looks like it's human bone...creepy.
I didn't realize that at the time, but yeah...it kinda does.
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Old 02-17-07, 02:16 PM   #22
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SingleSpeeDemon, that looks badass! I'd like to know how that holds up...
I promise that if it falls apart I will never tell anyone ;-) I'm curious as to how it holds up too.
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Who cares if it falls apart, at least it looks good.... right?
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3M Super77 is the best adhsive ive used...about 10-12 a can. i used it to recover pool tables when i was a vendor. pain in the ass to get it off
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thanks for the flix they gave me an idea
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