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Anyone tried recovering a Selle San Marco Concor Supercorsa?

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Anyone tried recovering a Selle San Marco Concor Supercorsa?

Old 03-17-14, 10:23 PM
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Anyone tried recovering a Selle San Marco Concor Supercorsa?

I've got one and it's a goofy color and has seen better days. Is it possible to recover these things yourself?

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Old 03-18-14, 08:38 AM
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Google is your friend

How to recover an old bicycle seat
http://www.recoveredsaddle.com
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Old 03-22-14, 10:52 PM
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I did Google this and it returned zero hits on this specific seat. That's why I posed the question. Perhaps there's some reason there were no hits.

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There's no hits because that saddle is nothing different about that saddle that's worth noting when it comes to recovering.
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www.recoveredsaddle.com will do it for you. No, that is not doing it yourself, but I just thought the link might help you.
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^^^ he does good work at recoveredsaddle.com, I can attest to that personally. But...unless you want to customize the colors, you can probably buy a new one for about the same cost as a "professional" recover job.
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^^^ he does good work at recoveredsaddle.com, I can attest to that personally. But...unless you want to customize the colors, you can probably buy a new one for about the same cost as a "professional" recover job.
Absolutely true. I thought there might be some nostalgic or fit issues that would make preserving the old saddle a priority. Perhaps not.
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Thanks for the information,

I want to recover this thing myself. I took the deer, I tanned the hide, thus I want to recover the seat myself. My plan is to carefully peel back the old cover, make a template from it and glue down the new hide. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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I have covered old saddles with old leather jackets , cut oversize , contact cement {barge cement], I hung weights for stretch, trimmed and glued edge of saddle underneath . If it is a fave saddle, practice on a beater .
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Well I did it and it turned out really well. Probably 90 percent perfect. I'll know exactly what to do next time, in about a decade or so when I need to recover this thing again. I reviewed many of the saddle DIY pages and it was helpful for knowing what type of glue but the actual specifics of my saddle were never covered.

Things that I learned;

Use contact cement, not super glue
Absolutely use this glue outside
Don't wait the recommended 15 minutes, start within two minutes
I practiced exactly how I'd stretch it at least twenty times, definitely helped
The foam tears really, really easily. Be as careful as possible. Had I not torn the foam, my saddle would've turned out perfectly. In the center of the saddle you can see a tiny dark spot, that's where the foam tore.

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You can rebuild it, make it better than before... I've noticed you can buy sheets of sorbothane at McMaster-Carr or on Ebay, and this is probably better foam than the original had. It would make good handlebar pads too so save the scraps. Can of spray adhesive and used leather clothing from Goodwill. I haven't tried it but it sounds easy enough.

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I'm researching sorbothane now, looks very interesting. My main question is how accurately it can be cut and shaped. Thanks for the tip on the material.

On my bars I have the Fizik gel pads covered by leather. I'm not sure exactly what the gel pads really are but they do absorb a good deal of shock. Before I got the gel I would bruise my palms nearly every ride because I had only the old cotton style bar tape.

I'm interested in anything that makes my bike a more comfortable ride.
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