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Old 08-08-12, 05:41 AM
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Punching holes to lace a Brooks or other leasther saddle

As I understand it the purpose of lacing a saddle is to keep it from spreading or splaying out and becoming overly soft and swaybacked like an old horse correct?

Does it hutrt the value of a new Brooks to lace it? What about something like a good condition old (real age unknown) Middleworth or other saddle?

I am still trying to trade off or sell my Imperial but I thought I would use it as pettern for punching holes in my other Brooks first. While most are rather new I do like the look of the laced saddles. Is this bad idea?
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Old 08-08-12, 05:47 AM
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If you intend to re-sell them, punching holes is a bad idea. If you intend to ride them, then no. I have done it to a number of older Brooks saddles and for me, it makes them more comfortable.
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BG,

Lacing a new Brooks would hurt the value. But lacing a saddle that needs lacing should enhance the value.
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I wouldn't do it just for the looks. But I'd definitely do it to save an older saddle and make it rideable again. I recently laced an old Ideal which turned it from something nice to look at into something quite nice to ride.
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here is the MiddleWorth I am considering modifying, I look and see if i have better/closer pics of it.





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Old 08-08-12, 03:55 PM
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I recently posted some images and notes regarding a Velo Orange leather saddle that I laced. It helped me get a couple of extra years from a saddle that would have been shot otherwise. Here's a link to the thread I responded to:
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...=#post14550351

And here is one of the images. More in the other thread:

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For punching holes, you should use a proper leather hole punch set, and not just a sharp awl. The hole punch properly cuts the leather, whereas an awl essentially tears the leather. It is also possible to set metal eyelets which serve to further strengthen and protect the leather from tearing under load.

Check out the tools at a good leather store.

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Gee, I have no problem with it. Old or new.




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I have an older leather saddle that I was thinking about taking to a shoe repair shop to have them punch it and install eyelets.
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I have done it. I used a leather punch which offers multiple hole diameters. The tool enables you to make perfect holes. You can get it at any chain craft store like Joann's or Michaels.

Might hurt resale value but getting more miles out of a great saddle is a valuable thing too.
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Is the imperial you are trying to get rid of the current Women's version? Kinda looking for one...
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i used a drill.

the only time you see the hole is when it isn't laced...which is never...since you want to lace it.
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Originally Posted by illwafer View Post
i used a drill.

the only time you see the hole is when it isn't laced...which is never...since you want to lace it.
+1. And once the leather is pulled sideways from the taut laces and worn a bit, even the nicest hole gets stretched and distorted.
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Originally Posted by wesmamyke View Post
Is the imperial you are trying to get rid of the current Women's version? Kinda looking for one...
Sorry no it is a standard
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Originally Posted by the lobster View Post
I have done it. I used a leather punch which offers multiple hole diameters. The tool enables you to make perfect holes. You can get it at any chain craft store like Joann's or Michaels.

Might hurt resale value but getting more miles out of a great saddle is a valuable thing too.
I got mine at Orchard supply hardware. It was very inexpensive. I've never used it on a saddle, but it worked great when I needed to add a hole to my belt when I lost weight.
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I wouldn't do it to that old Middlemores, which is unusual and kinda collectible.

There are special punches for putting nice clean holes through thick leather, but a high speed drill does an equally nice job.
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