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    Default Re: Saddle Recovering

    Quote Originally Posted by RichTheRoadie View Post
    Secondly, the colour doesn't actually suit my bike, so the leather - now attached to a saddle - may just be returned from whence it came to be used by the proprietor of Lyrebird Cycles for his own bike or that of a customer's new build, or to just sit on a shelf, as he sees fit.
    Well colour me surprised! Nice job though...

    Iím impressed you are sending the saddle back rather than building a bike to match it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colinmclelland View Post

    Iím impressed you are sending the saddle back rather than building a bike to match it!
    I think we both know Rich.....

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    Default Re: Saddle Recovering

    Ive done this before on an old flite.
    it worked ok, but you know the white goat leather i got was not really waterproof, so it turned a bluish gray just when it was wet with sweat. kinda gross.
    agree hard part is getting rid of creases around the nose of the saddle and not cutting too much off the underside. probably best to start with more.
    I used 3M spray adhesive, though I understand that contact "barge " cement can also work (though I also fear might be a bit too tenacious on foam once set?)
    The good thing about this saddle is it seems like you have open access to the bottom, whereas some have awkward bumpers and stuff to remove...
    nice job particularly for a first attempt rich! not obvious with that weird pressure relief zone.

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    Default Re: Saddle Recovering

    Seems like most amateur efforts to recover a saddle don't get nearly enough tension on the covering. As per this Fizik video, covering a saddle is like shaping a shoe upper, except that you don't remove the foot form. Doing the top and then fixing and trimming the bottom are both done while the saddle is very firmly locked into position. And the material applied is actually a lot thinner than most of the re-covering materials I've seen.

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    The stock material is always much thinner than you would think. I was surprised to see two people working to apply the covering from the top. It helps to explain the tightness of covering. Nice vid. Thanks.

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    Unfortunately it’s looking like my glue job wasn’t up to snuff - the edges have come away in a number of places.

    Currently deciding whether to see it as an opportunity to obtain some more material and start again, to re-glue, or just chalk it up to experience for now...

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    Default Re: Saddle Recovering

    I never rely only on glue job only but use staples as well. Rivets can be an option as well in some areas. Although I am also using pegs/clips (not sure of the correct english word) as well, it helps keeping the material under tension while the glue is drying.
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