In this Instructable you will learn how to design and construct your own custom reupholstered bicycle saddle out of genuine leather. More advanced instructions will teach you how to add perforations to your embossed logo, as depicted. General instructions will teach you how to emboss a personalized logo without perforations. This Instructable includes text, supplemental audio, images with text, and support video.
If you've been digging in the bins at your local cycling cooperative and your used five dollar saddle needs a little love?
If your favorite saddle for years has been tattered by wear and tear?
If you just purchased a new frame and need to personalize the saddle it came with?
If you just invested in a custom frame and are considering other ways to make your bike unique?
If your plastic cover does not breath and is causing chaffing to your privates?
After this Instructable you will be able to:
- Deconstruct an existing saddle.
- Prep a saddle for reupholstery.
- Design a unique surface for your saddle.
- Create a pattern for your saddle.
- Cut and punch your new cover.
- Apply and adhere your new cover.
- Surface and Graphic Design.
- Pattern Making.
- Subtraction Fabrication.
- 1-3 oz Vegetan Leather.
- 1-2 oz Black Apparel Leather.
- Barge Cement, or equivalent.
- Rubber Cement, or equivalent.
- Masking Tape.
- Transparent Paper, or equivalent.
- Cleaning Alchohol, or equivalent.
- Screw Drivers; flat, phillips,
- Allen Head.
- Exacto Knife, with new blade.
- Ruler, preferably metal.
- *Rotary Cutter.
- *Hole Punch.
- *Mallet or Hammer.
*Needed for more advanced designs.