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Old 05-05-20, 07:52 AM
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Saddle fabric, repair? cover? replace?

I like this foam saddle but this fabric needs to be addressed. not sure if I should attempt to repair the fabric with some kind of tent repair tape, which might be ugly. cover it with a saddle cover, but I'm not sure which cover to use, but I have some ideas. or just replace the saddle altogether, cuz it's inexpensive

anyone have any ideas, they've used before, successfully, for a similar issue?

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Old 05-05-20, 07:55 AM
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That's kind of a large rip, but I've fixed dings in saddles with liquid electrical tape.
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Old 05-05-20, 08:17 AM
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Know someone with a sewing machine? I'd be tempted to remove the cover and use the panels as patterns to create a new cover in leather.
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Iíve reskinned several saddles, although none with a cutout yet. Iíd be tempted to follow the same principle and simply leave the skin unsupported over the cutout.
As sources for leather Iíve used:
- old leather jacket
- old computer bag
- ladies leather boots
- old leather couch

Process is quite simple:
- cut a rough shape
- soak in water
- pre-stretch and test fit over the nose of the sadbbjdle
Once content, I put the piece over the saddle and begin to glue it down.
I start from the middle of the sides, fold the skin over and glue it down to the pan using high-strength hotglue. Work my way round, paying extra attention to dividing the wrinkles evenly around the corners. Leave to dry. Trim the excess. Done!
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interesting ideas, but I'm leaning toward a tight fitting, lycra cover w/ no padding
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Looks like work to me but if you've got the skills I say go for it.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
interesting ideas, but I'm leaning toward a tight fitting, lycra cover w/ no padding
It's your bike but there's "perfect fit" and there's "not exactly" I'm thinking "not exactly" won't look any better than what you have now.
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Not being awful, but that saddle looks like ... <$50. It can't be worth the work of re-skinning. Buy another. I probably have a couple of saddles as good as or better than that one that I would GIVE you if you lived in Portland.
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I don't disagree
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How about a piece of similar colour/type of fabric glued over the rip?

I too have never done work on a saddle with a cutout but i have recovered a Vetta saddle of mine that I really like and that was badly scuffed when it came in contact with a stippled ceiling as i was carrying it up some stairs. I used red leather from a ladies mini-skirt I got at a thrift store for $3.00.

Images taken at least ten years ago with an old cheap point and shoot digital camera. Saddle is still going strong in 2020.





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I had an old black Serfas brand "waterproof" saddle cover I bought for my Brooks several years ago. it since deteriorated & was no longer providing much water protection. so I used that for a few rides



but ordered this Aero Tech Designs brand colored cover (not waterproof). it's a snug fit, designed for a narrower saddle, I think, but I got it on. will see how it works out

Aero Tech Designs Printed Spandex Seat Covers - Made in The USA $10



it came with this nifty key chain, looks like it might also open a bottle top, fwiw ...


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meanwhile, 11 days later, took the hybrid out for a ride w/ some family. turns out the cover is a winner, a little slippery, but I like that smooth sliding feeling, kinda like the Brooks on the road bike, but not quite
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