Oddly if you want an hard bike saddle you have to spend more money than for a soft one... also leather saddles are very expensive.
In this instructable I'll show you how to refurbish an old saddle into a nice leather one, also very hard if you want...

Step 1: the old saddle

The saddle had a synthetic upholstery, which was not so good regarding trousers consumption... since that material is rather sticky, and the friction on the trousers fabric is very high. So I wanted to change the covering into smooth leather.
The other reason to work on this saddle, other than its very bad condition, was to harden its surface. This could be very unusual, but I'm pretty sure that on long routes, soft saddles are not comfortable, maybe some cyclists will prove me right... 
Does the leather stretch a lot? The squares at Michaels might cut it close for me.
<p>Excellent Instructable. Your pictures are phenomenal and very helpful.</p>
<p>Nice job. Thanks for the tips.</p>
<p>Nice work ! <br>I thought you might like what I did with an old seat of mine :<br>http://www.instructables.com/id/Reupholster-mattress-bicycle-saddle-to-full-leathe/</p>
This is such a good job with a fantastic end result. I got the exact same saddle in the exact same condition and was planning to cover it leather like you do. Your instructable has just come on time. I need to find a suitable piece of thick cow leather now. I want it to be a bit strong and firm. My vote is for you. Thanks a lot.
Hey your &quot;matrix&quot; lights are great! <br>Good luck with the saddle!
Nice work again Andrea ;) reminds me that i have a whole prepared cow hide for use to repair some of the interior of my Austin Ten.. But the leather seats have been used for almost 80 years ,and can last a bit longer I recon. And the tricky bit would be to Get that vintage look. As well as forming it,.. But everything is possible as we know ;) I might need some tip from you later
All right, I'll try to improve my skills in time ;-)
Great project! But I have to make a clarification, Collaprene is a NEOPRENIC glue (like classic Bostik), such as those used in shoemaking, and not a vynilic, like Vinavil. One thing to keep in mind when using these glues is that the bond is only as strong as the pressure you apply when you put the pieces together, you can use a rubber mallet or better some kind of weight to make a better bonding.
Oh yes, you're right, I'll correct the step and add your advices too. Thanks!!
So neat !! Thanks for share.Take a look to my leather bike saddle.
woow awesome style!

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