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    I know this has been discussed before on the forum a while ago. I am going to recover two Aliantes with leather. I am clueless about what weight terms means regarding leather. What good weight do theses projects with. Any help is really appreciated.

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    Perhaps reach out to Mick at Busyman for some advice...his work is stunning imho.

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    Default Re: Saddle Recovering

    I'd second this, I have a couple of perfectly good SLR shells in which the covering has worn/torn that I'd like to recover. Open to true leather or synthetic leather, whatever is the best option.
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    Thanks for help. I will check into it.

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    I recovered an SLR with some closed cell foam and buckskin, it was easier than I thought. I showed it to a friend who has eyes much younger than mine, he complimented my work and pointed to the cracked titanium rail. I guess that was just for practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwsaunders View Post
    Perhaps reach out to Mick at Busyman for some advice...his work is stunning imho.

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    Busyman does great work, from design consult to completion, and faster than I imagined.

    For a DYI option, check out Custom Reupholstered Bicycle Saddle - All.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stnphoto View Post
    Busyman does great work, from design consult to completion, and faster than I imagined.

    For a DYI option, check out Custom Reupholstered Bicycle Saddle - All.
    Perfect! Thank you.

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    Please post before and after pics, if you get a chance. I've (poorly) recovered one before and I've got a few more I'd like to recover.

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    Default Re: Saddle Recovering

    Will do.

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    Sorry for digging up a forgotten thread. Here are two that I was able recover recently. fullsizeoutput_909.jpgfullsizeoutput_90d.jpgfullsizeoutput_90c.jpg The two pics off the bike actually is a dark brown leather and the one the bike is black. This one is a carbon rail (normally a red accent) that I painted dark green to match the bike.

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    Nicely done. Don't post your mailing address or you will start getting boxes of funky saddles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    Nicely done. Don't post your mailing address or you will start getting boxes of funky saddles.
    Thanks Jorn! I already have a bunch of weird projects goings, a few more wouldn't change things.

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    That looks terrific.

    Would you please walk us through the process? If I could get my old ariones looking like that, I'd be ecstatic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by defspace View Post
    That looks terrific.

    Would you please walk us through the process? If I could get my old ariones looking like that, I'd be ecstatic.
    Thank you for the compliment.

    I will try to explain what I did here. Also I am in no way an expert on this subject.

    Things needed... Leather 1oz to 2oz thick. Spray Contact cement. Bottle of contact cement. Utility knife. Razor Blade. Small flathead screwdriver.

    1) I pried all leather surfaces on the inside of the saddle.
    2) Then peel back the top surface slowly. Maybe start at the nose and work back. Don't throw it away yet.
    3) Clean any glue away left on the inside mounting surface. Put saddle aside.
    4) Leather (Ebay). I bought sheep skin for this. I think any leather will do. It has to be a workable thickness and suppleness.
    1oz to 2oz leather seems to about the right. Ounces is what to describe the thickness.
    5) Cut leather to rough shape and leave a 1/2 inch extra all around. I used the old cover laid and stretched out to determine this.
    6) Back to the saddle. Tape off rails and underside to prevent overspray of the adhesive that you are going spray.
    7) Make sure top of saddle is cleared of dust or something sticking one it. Place it cardboard Top up. And same for leather top down.
    8) Spray both surfaces following the directions on the can.
    9) Starting at either end stick the two together slowly. Pull the leather out towards the sides to make sure goes on flat (no folds).
    Then work your way to other end. The Airone should be pretty straight forward.
    Note; Fiziks have a defined smooth gluing surface on underside. Then there is a elevated ridge to where the leather should stop
    10) Take the contact cement and brush outer rim of underside with a even coat. Wait to dry (10 mins.)
    11) Pull leather taught on rim and trim with a utility knife(just hard enough to cut the leather
    12) On the underside of nose tuck leather into deep groove using flat head screwdriver or similar.
    Ebay has a ton leather scraps and such.
    I hope this helps.


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    Default Re: Saddle Recovering

    Thank you, Jay, for a helpful and inspiring post. Now I really want to re-cover some of the old saddles I have around.

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    Fantastic post Jay! Thanks for sharing!

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    Thanks, that's pretty rad. I've been threatening to do that for a couple of years, I have a handful of saddles to learn on.
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    Thanks everyone for the kind words!

    The first one was really nerve racking and the second was enjoyable.

    I really did not want dig deep in my pockets to buy any more new saddles. All of the ones around here are in good working order, they just need some sprucing up. Besides that Fizik change the shape and the new ones are not kind on me.

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    Jay...I have an old pair of Doc Martens that need a sole replacement so I’ll send them your way.
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