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Old 07-26-04, 08:31 PM
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Butchered Brooks Saddle.. pics inside...

Heya'll...

I decided to butcher my Brooks Pro Saddle the other day... I think it looks pretty good... The Fixer wanted me to post some pics up, so ya'll can see.. it was pretty easy, just used my handy Dremel tool, an X-acto knife, and some sandpaper.... enjoy




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Old 07-26-04, 10:34 PM
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looks awesome!!! can you fine-grit sand the edges so theyre smoother?
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Old 07-26-04, 11:26 PM
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Originally Posted by redfooj
looks awesome!!! can you fine-grit sand the edges so theyre smoother?


Thanks

yeah... I probably will... only had some 100 grit at the house... might need to get some finer grain stuff for later on...

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Old 07-26-04, 11:52 PM
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Ha, Flite-wannabe!
J/K, it looks good. Doesn't look dorky anymore.
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Old 07-27-04, 08:10 AM
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Originally Posted by RacerX
Ha, Flite-wannabe!
J/K, it looks good. Doesn't look dorky anymore.
Heehe yeah I thought the same thing... funnier than that... Before the Brooks, I was riding a Flite... maybe that is where my inspiration came from !

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Old 07-27-04, 09:13 AM
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Fixer --

can't i just send my team pro to you and pay you to chop it? Your's are ssssssssoooooooooo pretty
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Originally Posted by SipperPhoto
Heya'll...

I decided to butcher my Brooks Pro Saddle the other day... I think it looks pretty good... The Fixer wanted me to post some pics up, so ya'll can see.. it was pretty easy, just used my handy Dremel tool, an X-acto knife, and some sandpaper.... enjoy




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Each to his own, mate. Your term "butchered" is well.....
correct. That is one fugly seat now.
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Old 07-27-04, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Tightwad
Each to his own, mate. Your term "butchered" is well.....
correct. That is one fugly seat now.

like you said.. to each his own... I think it looks better than the full leather side pieces...

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Old 07-27-04, 10:46 AM
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Where did The Fixer's post go ? I know it was there earlier... now it's gone

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Old 07-27-04, 10:51 AM
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so, what are you actually doing? i know next to nothing about these saddles or the process of modifying them. is this a common thing to do?
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Old 07-27-04, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by timmhaan
so, what are you actually doing? i know next to nothing about these saddles or the process of modifying them. is this a common thing to do?
Wel, if you've seen a stock Brooks leather saddle... you'll see that there is a lot of extra leather onthe sides of the saddle... I just used a Dremel tool, and trimmed it off... saves a touch of weight, and I think it makes it look better...

from what I've read, and the Fixer can help clarify, this was done back in the day with racers... a fairly common practice... The Fixer is the man though.. his look great

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Originally Posted by SipperPhoto
Where did The Fixer's post go ? I know it was there earlier... now it's gone

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OOOps....sorry... I was editing that post and I thought I had sent them a photo of my butchered Conquest sprung MTB saddle as well....but I guess not.... scroll down to "Leakos"

http://www.wallbike.com/content/butchering.html
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Old 07-27-04, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by The Fixer
OOOps....sorry... I was editing that post and I thought I had sent them a photo of my butchered Conquest sprung MTB saddle as well....but I guess not.... scroll down to "Leakos"

http://www.wallbike.com/content/butchering.html
That's great... yer saddles look good... I think I need to fine tune mine a bit.. I did a little more shaving on mine last night right before I took these pics... I noticed when I rode 60 miles on Sunday that if I pushed myself all the way back in the saddle, it had some sharp points before the back section...

a little more sanding and I should be good to go... how do you have your edges ? are the flat, or slightly beveled ?

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Old 07-27-04, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by SipperPhoto
a little more sanding and I should be good to go... how do you have your edges ? are the flat, or slightly beveled ?

jeff
Yep, you've got to bevel the edges. The majority of the time spent on this project is sanding the edges smooth and straight, then bevelling. It's looking good...
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Originally Posted by MERTON
you know what would look cool? if you somehow crimped on or laced in some copper on the edges.
Thanks but no thanks.......I already have an office side chair with those copper buttons all around the edges.
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Originally Posted by MERTON
you know what would look cool? if you somehow crimped on or laced in some copper on the edges.

might look ok.. but I imagine it would chafe something fierce....

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Years ago some leather saddles had lace holes at the edges & you could put a lace in & pull the 2 sides to-gether ,like a boot, underneath.
Its probaly an optical illusion but those chainrings on your bike look oval ??? or it could be the settings on my monitor !
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Old 07-27-04, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by greywolf
Years ago some leather saddles had lace holes at the edges & you could put a lace in & pull the 2 sides to-gether ,like a boot, underneath.
Its probaly an optical illusion but those chainrings on your bike look oval ??? or it could be the settings on my monitor !

Might be an optical delusion... my old bike had the BioPace Rings... these are Ultegra... :-) I think I shot it a little funky... I notice my stem looks really long and high to me

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Old 07-27-04, 05:49 PM
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I just butchered mine, but I haven't smoothed out the edges yet. Yours looks good.

Although it looks cool, there is no worse smell than cutting leather with a Dremel tool.
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Originally Posted by danr
I just butchered mine, but I haven't smoothed out the edges yet. Yours looks good.

Although it looks cool, there is no worse smell than cutting leather with a Dremel tool.
tell me about it... I was out in the garage cutting away... had the door to the house open... I hear my wife, "What the hell is that smell, and what are you doing to your new saddle?"

Loads of fun :-)

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That's pretty neat. I couldn't cut a new saddle, though. That would be too painful.

I wonder if it will hold up. I have seen saddles sag after time. Does the Flite have any support under the saddle, or is it just leather suspended between rail and nose?
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Originally Posted by mike
I wonder if it will hold up. I have seen saddles sag after time. Does the Flite have any support under the saddle, or is it just leather suspended between rail and nose?
No, not leather.....it's a plastic shell covered with leather.

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Brooks make a "pre-butchered" saddle, I think its called the Swift.
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Originally Posted by mike
That's pretty neat. I couldn't cut a new saddle, though. That would be too painful.

I wonder if it will hold up. I have seen saddles sag after time. Does the Flite have any support under the saddle, or is it just leather suspended between rail and nose?
well, the Flite (not this saddle) is plastic, foam, and vinyl covering..

This is a Brooks, and it has no support underneath other than the metal frame that the leather is attached to... if they do sag (which they will over time) there is a nut in the nose that you tighten a bit to stretch out the leather

yeah.. I debated cutting down the saddle for a couple months... I've only had it for 4 months I think... but it has broken in nicely, and doesn;t feel any differently after cutting it down

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Originally Posted by MichaelW
Brooks make a "pre-butchered" saddle, I think its called the Swift.
they do.. but they are pretty expensive !

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