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Old 08-01-15, 06:05 PM
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avocet o2 saddle

Looking for men's or women's models. Anyone have an old one lying around? Condition doesn't matter.....I'll be recovering it.
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Old 08-06-15, 05:52 PM
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Mark, you're stepping back in time! An Avocet saddle!!!
Used 'em 'way-back-when!'
Pedal on!
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Old 08-06-15, 08:36 PM
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That was an innovative saddle. Today a close cousin would be this one:
Forté Pro SL Saddle
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Old 08-06-15, 10:29 PM
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Showing my age, Rudy! I love these saddles....put them on all of my bikes (except my custom Gilmour single...)

I actually WANT to recover the saddle, CFB, so the Forte won't work with the pudendal protector.

I found one on ebay, and bid on another. Thought maybe someone on here might have one lying around that they would part with.
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Old 08-07-15, 08:42 AM
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How do you recover a saddle? Do you have a service or do you do it yourself?
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Old 08-07-15, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by DrMarkR View Post
Showing my age, Rudy! I love these saddles....put them on all of my bikes (except my custom Gilmour single...)

I actually WANT to recover the saddle, CFB, so the Forte won't work with the pudendal protector.

I found one on ebay, and bid on another. Thought maybe someone on here might have one lying around that they would part with.
A good friend of mine and former RAAM record holder used that Avocet saddle for along time. He finally switched saddles, I am assuming he couldn't get them anymore.
I have had my own saddles woes lately. Was using a Terry Zero Y on the tandem for many years now I can't find them them anymore. I have been using a Selle Italia SLR on my single and it works ok but not at all on the tandem.
Since I am on the small side I always assumed I needed a narrower saddle, but had my sit bones measured and they are 120mm which is wider than I thought.
So now I am using a Specialized Avatar Gel Comp 143mm on the tandem and its working ok, switched to a Specialized Toupe 143mm on my single and it is better than the narrower Selle Italia SLR.

Gilmour single? Our first tandem way back was a Gilmour made with Columbus tubes.
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Old 08-07-15, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by jnbrown View Post


Gilmour single? Our first tandem way back was a Gilmour made with Columbus tubes.

Yep. Aluminum! 15.9 lbs without pedals or cages! (had the rear Zipp off it when I took this pic....)



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Old 08-07-15, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by chojn1 View Post
How do you recover a saddle? Do you have a service or do you do it yourself?
I do them myself. It's a bit time consuming to do it right, but with the right leather it works out great. THis is a pic of our MTB, both are Avocet O2's:




And one of the white leather on our Robusta. My saddle is an O2, wife's is a favorite Vetta from many years ago:

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Old 08-07-15, 02:02 PM
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Those saddles look amazing.
Care to share how it's done?
Love to learn.
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Old 08-07-15, 02:24 PM
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I getting ready to do one....I'll take some photo's of the process....
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I have an old Avocet saddle that I am not using. How do I tell if it's an o2? Is it printed on the bottom somewhere? I'll try to take a better look this week. Just finished a 52 mile ride yesterday using a Specialized saddle. Seems like the best I have found so far.
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Old 08-16-15, 10:00 PM
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Originally Posted by WillFam-Reno View Post
I have an old Avocet saddle that I am not using. How do I tell if it's an o2? Is it printed on the bottom somewhere? I'll try to take a better look this week. Just finished a 52 mile ride yesterday using a Specialized saddle. Seems like the best I have found so far.
Here is a pic:



The small retaining trims on the back edges are distinctive...seen better here:

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Old 08-18-15, 09:16 PM
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Sorry, I do not have O2's. I will keep my eyes open for one.
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Old 08-19-15, 09:17 AM
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Thanks....appreciate this. I'm still looking for one or two of these saddles....

Mark Russell
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Old 08-22-15, 05:33 AM
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Originally Posted by DrMarkR View Post
Thanks....appreciate this. I'm still looking for one or two of these saddles....

Mark Russell
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Not to be greedy, but what do you have to trade, AND/OR can you refoam and recover a Terry Butterfly...

I have an O2 womans, I would need to look close but it had no real miles on it and, I need to look close, but probably does not even need any work to it for now.

Send me a message on MTBR since I am not often here.

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First of all, thanks to PK for the no longer being used O2 saddle he had available...it's in excellent shape and I won't be recovering that one (Did you get the my package, Paul???).

On to the pics of the saddle recover that I did on one I picked up on Ebay. First, the removal of the original cover:



You have to be very careful to preserve the foam:







When finished, I chose a piece of new leather for the cover. Initially I was going to use this honey brown color, because I was planning on recovering the saddle PK sent me. When I saw how good of shape it was in, I chose a darker, almost black color. Pics in next post......
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Laying out the replacement leather...






I then bolt it up to an old seatpost that I can put in the vice...makes it easier to work. I use 3M "77" strength spray adhesive and put some paper towels down around the base to keep off the overspray. I put a coat on the leather, and the foam/seat edges, and then stretch the leather tight as I apply it. You do not need a thick piece of leather, in my experience. This piece as quite thin, as you can see here:







I forgot to take pics as I worked the underside (my apologies...) but I then take it off the seatpost and trim it using a razor blade to approx 3/4" all around. I then cover the middle portion of the inner base, and the rails, with masking tape. Using the spray adhesive I give the edges of the leather and the edges of the seat base a nice coat, let it set up for a few minutes, and the aggressively stretch the leather and adhere it to the base. This takes some patience and perseverance to get it down smooth. You don't want a lot of leather wrapping to the base....just 3/8 of an inch or so. Trim it as needed. The finished product, along with a pic of another saddle I did some time ago in a pigskin:








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My apologies for some of the pics being too large to use thumbnails....not sure why it worked on some, but not others....??
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Nice work and great way to keep prized saddles in service.
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We all know how it is, you save that ... whatever and a week after you throw it away someone needs it! Sadly for you, I tossed a TI woman's avocet.
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Yes the package arrived...Jeanne and I are both happy with those items.

FWIW, Terry was outstanding to deal with regarding warranty.

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Thank DrMarkR for the instructions,
I will attempt it on my old Terry Fly. Any suggestion on how to deal with the hole in the middle of the saddle?
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I've never recovered one with the opening. I suspect it would require an additional piece of leather to be sewn in for the opening?

Glad you liked them Paul!
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Originally Posted by chojn1 View Post
Thank DrMarkR for the instructions,
I will attempt it on my old Terry Fly. Any suggestion on how to deal with the hole in the middle of the saddle?
CJ
I am sure you have now seen that the Fly is also stapled around certain areas, including the cutout.

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I finally got around to re-covering my old Terry saddle. Took about 30 minutes per DrMarkR's instruction. Thought I would post a follow up.

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