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Old 05-04-18, 07:59 AM
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Looking for an Orange Saddle


I have a 1988 Trek 660 that I did in bright green with orange accents-- handlebar tape, cable housings, bottle cages and lettering. A buddy of mine suggested that an orange saddle would look really good on this bike and I agree.

The only orange saddles that I've found that appear to be appropriate for this bike is a $13 Retrospec on Amazon. I was hoping for something a bit higher quality on this bike since I bought it as a frame, had it powder coated, went to the trouble of finding period-correct Dura Ace components (for the most part) and spend a bunch of time putting it together.

Does anyone know of an orange late-1980's style saddle that would work on this bike?

TIA

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Old 05-04-18, 08:19 AM
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The Brooks honey brown color is close to orange, and very comfortable.
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Perhaps you could find an old saddle such as an Avocet Racing, and recover it in Orange.
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The Brooks honey brown color is close to orange, and very comfortable.
The honey brown is close but not quite orange. I can recommend some true orange pedals if you're interested in MTB/Platform style.

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Google "Angelus Leather Paint." It comes in a wide variety of colors; I'm sure you can find a good match. One small jar of paint, and a small jar of deglazer, is all you need. A jar of acrylic finisher is optional.

You should be able to paint any leather or leather-covered saddle with this stuff. It's quite durable.

If you're going the full custom route, you can of course get a recovered leather saddle from me, and I'll paint it the color of your choice.
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Be careful...too much "matchy matchy" and the bike might look cheesy. I rarely see a brightly colored saddle that looks good with the bike, just overdone and clownish.
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Old 05-04-18, 10:25 AM
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Unable to visualize. Need pictures.
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There are numerous options on Amazon -

https://www.amazon.com/bicycle-saddl...bicycle+saddle
https://www.amazon.com/Pure-Drome-Bi...bicycle+saddle
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Toseak (Mao's kids) sells one that is yellow-ish orange. Full carbon, rails and saddle, about $30. Other than that, I put an orange Velo cheapo on a single speed, that had orange Deep V's and bar tape (burgundy frame). Sold it to a Hokie the instant he saw it.
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Old 05-04-18, 11:50 AM
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I second the caution about too much matchy, but...
I was thinking there was an orange Concor, which would look appropriate, but it looks like they only make red.
Here is one with a similar look: https://www.bricklanebikes.co.uk/blb-fly-saddle-orange
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Old 05-04-18, 11:55 AM
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Vinyl 'Pleather' comes in all sorts of colors , to re cover a saddle with it.


I'd first ride it as is to see if your arse likes it, before doing the work .





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Originally Posted by Nokton View Post
I have a 1998 Trek 660 that I did in bright green with orange accents-- handlebar tape, cable housings, bottle cages and lettering. A buddy of mine suggested that an orange saddle would look really good on this bike and I agree.

The only orange saddles that I've found that appear to be appropriate for this bike is a $13 Retrospec on Amazon. I was hoping for something a bit higher quality on this bike since I bought it as a frame, had it powder coated, went to the trouble of finding period-correct Dura Ace components (for the most part) and spend a bunch of time putting it together.

Does anyone know of an orange late-1980's style saddle that would work on this bike?

TIA
SOMA used to sell a sparkle orange hipster saddle with 1990-ish styling, but i don't know if they are still available. There's always saddle covers. They were big in the 90s, but seem to have fallen out of favor. https://www.aerotechdesigns.com/lyspbibiseco.html

Maybe also check Alex cycles in Japan. Stuff for the Japanese domestic market often comes in lots of colors.
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Circa 2010-ish Fizik 'Test' saddles. Dealers purchased them at a reduced price and sold them off at the end of the model year.

The Velo saddles- both plain and riveted- are actually pretty comfy, despite the low price.
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Originally Posted by rhm View Post
Google "Angelus Leather Paint." It comes in a wide variety of colors; I'm sure you can find a good match. One small jar of paint, and a small jar of deglazer, is all you need. A jar of acrylic finisher is optional.

You should be able to paint any leather or leather-covered saddle with this stuff. It's quite durable...
Also, there are plenty of color choices in vinyl paint, if you are painting a vinyl or plastic saddle. I've used that to good effect a few times.
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Fizik offers a couple of models in orange. This one has orange accents


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+1 on finding a comfortable vinyl saddle, and then spraying it with an aerosol upholstery paint. I used this brand on a vinyl swim pad on my 22' Donzi Classic...it was easy, effective, and lasted many years.
https://duplicolor.com/product/vinyl-and-fabric-coating
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I saw one at Nashbar recently. Check outbthe Bargain Bin, might still be there.
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Originally Posted by rhm View Post
Google "Angelus Leather Paint." It comes in a wide variety of colors; I'm sure you can find a good match. One small jar of paint, and a small jar of deglazer, is all you need. A jar of acrylic recently finisher is optional.

You should be able to paint any leather or leather-covered saddle with this stuff. It's quite durable.

If you're going the full custom route, you can of course get a recovered leather saddle from me, and I'll paint it the color of your choice.
I recently refinished some Maressi shoes with this product. I am very happy with the results.
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You really don't want an orange saddle. It sounds like you think you do. Maybe you think you do. But the black saddle works with the hoods and tires to take the edge off the green/orange scheme. So you don't. Not really.
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