My 2nd Shot at Bike Seat Upholstery

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Here’s a bike seat cover I just made here. A discarded ‘The Gap’ purse provided the leather and enough for another seat cover as well.

But one side was heavily scuffed-the reason I cut up the other side for the first cover.
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I also wanted to use the rawhide side of the leather this time for a different look and better butt traction. The downside will be easier rain soaking.
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Problem was a purse gets stained inside so I rubbed them with pencil eraser then warm hand washed with soap. Cleaned up well.
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The scrounged seat (libre para mi!) is a Specialized, made by Velo, with good gel, and nicely sprung.
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First I unscrewed the rim and pulled the leather underneath, pinning it down with two screws, and then replacing the rear part of the rim.

 


I cut to length and tightly pulled the material under the nose cover, poked a hole with my Fury rigging knife, and reattached the nose rim with a screw.
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With front and rear of new cover attached I made folds on both sides, tugged them under the rim and screwed it taut with the two remaining rim screws.
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Next task was to measure (twice) and cut the cover (nervously) to fit.
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After much cutting and fitting I laced it together as tightly as the geometry allowed with plastic zip ties because that’s what I had on hand.
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Makeshift Dremel leather hole drilling tool. Smelled like burning meat.
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The dark spot is my blood, a work ritual mechanics know about.

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One side’s lacing angle was better for a trimmer fit on that side but overall OK.
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Here it is attached to my Nishiki Bravo primitive mountain bike project, my next post.
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