Monday, 3 August 2009

Re covering a Brooks saddle




A little while back I had a 1950s Brooks Champion Narrow on my Humber, but unfortunately the leather split at one of the nose rivets making it unsafe for long distance touring. So with safety in mind I decided to buy a new black Brooks B17 for the Humber which suits the bike perfectly and is of course very comfortable. But as I had the old Brooks frame laying around I decided to re cover it and use it on my daily bike. I have always wanted a Brooks cut away racing saddle but as they are very expensive I never bought one. So I set about making a pattern for a new saddle, I started by covering the old saddle with a plastic shopping bag which I then taped down to the frame and by using a marker pen drew around the outline of the saddle then took the plastic bag off and cut out the saddle pattern. From the cut out plastic pattern I then transfered it to some art paper and added the curves. Once the final pattern was made to size I then marked the holes and cut the leather out etc. For further details of how I made the above saddle please go to my Flickr gallery showing the steps I took etc.

To get to the photos of the saddle just click on my slideshow at the top right hand corner of this blog which will take you to my Flickr gallery

http://www.flickr.com/photos/27102950@N06/sets/721576217

Pictured above is the pattern I made and a couple of shots of the finished saddle fitted to the bike

9 comments:

Rat Trap Press said...

Don, that looks like a professional did it. Excellent work.

Thom said...

Don, am I missing somehow the link to your Flickr gallery? I haven't had coffee yet, but I can't seem to find it.

Don Speden said...

Hi Rat Trap Press

Thanks for the kind comments and I'm pretty happy how it turned out as it the 1st time I've re covered a Brooks saddle.

Don Speden said...

Hi Thom

I have just added a link and some more info on where to find the rest of the photos

simon said...

Great job Don. Any trouble sourcing the leather down there. I am up in Aomori, if you ever get up here give us a bell. Free bed if you need one.

Don Speden said...

Hi Simon

Thanks for the comments and it was pretty easy to find the leather as I just went to the local leather shop here in Niigata City and asked to see what they had in 5mm leather, It only cost about 2000 yen I think, if I ever make it to Aomori I'll get in touch but my job as a pie baker keeps me rather busy.

simon said...

any chance of us buying a few pies and getting them sent up here. really miss the pies more than fish and chips.

Don Speden said...

Hi Simon

Thanks for the message and I'm sorry but I don't sell pies by mail order etc. I only sell freshly baked pies here in Niigata city, but if you are ever in Niigata drop by and grab a pie.

Cheers Don

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