Original saddle make up?

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Re: Original saddle make up?

Postby dave16mct » Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:21 pm

Black with blue piping.
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Re: Original saddle make up?

Postby cfaber » Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:12 pm

dave16mct wrote:Black with blue piping.
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Thanks Dave,

were they all like this?
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Re: Original saddle make up?

Postby Rob Harknett » Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:07 pm

Eyelets in the correct place to take 1/4 screw.

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Re: Original saddle make up?

Postby Rob Harknett » Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:12 pm

There is a stitches band across the middle. I'm relating to circa 1955. I have had a new cover in the shed for decades. I do believe for the slightly longer seat than the 1955 type.

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Re: Original saddle make up?

Postby Pharisee » Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:56 am

I sent my old seat pan to R.K. Leighton. They welded up a crack, blasted and powder coated it then re-upholstered it with new foam and cover. It came back looking superb and fitted correctly.

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Re: Original saddle make up?

Postby cfaber » Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:18 pm

For reference, here's what I'm working with
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And yes, it smells like the 60's :)
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Re: Original saddle make up?

Postby dave16mct » Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:32 pm

Why not get a new seat cover from Leightons and recover it?
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Re: Original saddle make up?

Postby Mick D » Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:35 pm

Hi

I don't know your budget or the shipping rates across the pond, but I can confirm from personal experience R K Leighton will restore it to as near as new condition - you won't be disappointed if you send it to them.

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Re: Original saddle make up?

Postby Mick D » Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:36 pm

dave16mct wrote:Why not get a new seat cover from Leightons and recover it?


Best get a new foam too ;)

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Re: Original saddle make up?

Postby cfaber » Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:48 pm

Haha, yes, the foam or whatever it's become is leaking out of all the holes at the moment. I could send it over there and have them do it, but I'm not looking for "new" I'm looking for vintage and correct =). Clearly whoever had this machine couldn't care less about the seat cover as it appears it was done DIY.

I recall at one point seeing a diagram describing the seat shape, and features, but can't seem to find it now. I'm going to try and see if the local shop here (who I've used for other projects) has any old black Rexine. My goal isn't to create a new seat, just one that fits the current bike well (both function and look) with as close to correct materials as possible, including any straps, piping, etc. that should be there.
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