Original saddle make up?

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Original saddle make up?

Postby cfaber » Thu May 02, 2019 9:37 pm

I've seen loads of pictures of the seats, I have the seat with some 60's era "tan" vinyl on it :rofl: put on with someone who owned a staple gun and dinner fork.

Anyways, I'm wondering if any of you still have the original saddle on your bikes would you mind posting some pictures from top and sides?

I'm going to try and find some leather that has the same "used" look to match the rest of the bike I'm building now. Comments welcome and any description you can provide is always useful to understand how it should look and be built (horse hair? foam? etc)

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Re: Original saddle make up?

Postby alanengineer » Sun May 05, 2019 10:35 am

was it ever leather and what bike/seat are we talking about

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Re: Original saddle make up?

Postby SPRIDDLER » Tue May 07, 2019 10:54 pm

I had a couple of original 50's unused but tatty saddle bits in a load of stuff that I bought from a closed AMC dealer. A Wrights saddle and a Lycet saddle cover. They weren't leather but a type of grained 'plastic' leathercloth (Rexine?). Not sure if the pics will help you but here are a couple:
Wrights saddle

Wrights saddle. Top (450x338).jpg


Wrights saddle.Under (450x338).jpg


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Re: Original saddle make up?

Postby SPRIDDLER » Tue May 07, 2019 10:56 pm

Lycet saddle cover:

Lycett saddle cover. Top (450x338).jpg


Lycett saddle cover. Under (450x338).jpg
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Re: Original saddle make up?

Postby cfaber » Tue May 07, 2019 11:56 pm

Thanks this is great!
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Re: Original saddle make up?

Postby dave16mct » Wed May 08, 2019 11:32 am

Your '54 18S would originally had a dual seat. There are no lugs for a single saddle at the front or back. I've seen them fitted to later bikes with clamped on lugs but they look too high to me. Why not go with a dual seat?
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Re: Original saddle make up?

Postby cfaber » Wed May 08, 2019 1:43 pm

dave16mct wrote:Your '54 18S would originally had a dual seat. There are no lugs for a single saddle at the front or back. I've seen them fitted to later bikes with clamped on lugs but they look too high to me. Why not go with a dual seat?
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Oh I plan to use the original dual seat. I started this thread hoping for various original images so I can take them to the upolsterer to try and match leather style and construction so it looks old and correct :D
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Re: Original saddle make up?

Postby cfaber » Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:57 pm

Can anyone confirm the material used for the seats on the 18S 1954? Was it vinyl or leather? Any other details would be useful.
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Re: Original saddle make up?

Postby Rob Harknett » Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:01 pm

Rexine was used. Its like a coating on cloth. The sponge needs to be compressed when sticking the rexine inside. Left to dry stuck. When released the sponge will expand so the Rexine is tight. You could use a wooden plant top and bottom compressed using G clamps.

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Re: Original saddle make up?

Postby cfaber » Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:29 pm

Rob Harknett wrote:Rexine was used. Its like a coating on cloth. The sponge needs to be compressed when sticking the rexine inside. Left to dry stuck. When released the sponge will expand so the Rexine is tight. You could use a wooden plant top and bottom compressed using G clamps.


Thanks, I'm going to have the local upholstery shop take care of it for me, what about the color? Black?
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