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Picture of Bicycle Saddle Transformed and Made of Old Leather Shoes

When restoring a bicycle, my goal was to spend less money as possible, so it became upcycling, recycling, pimping and transforming with materials available.

Current saddle didn't have a vintage city bike look.
Purchasing a Brooks saddle or similar would not help my to set up my goal, so here is the project, hope this will inspire.

Step 1: Disassemble, Shape & Tape

Picture of Disassemble, Shape & Tape

Disassemble old saddle and shoes.
In this case the saddle has a steel frame and plastic moulded shell.
I have cut the shell in the shape I wanted and have ground the frame following the shape of the shell,
also I have removed some of the steel suspension.

The plastic shell was cut in half to get a perfect design, following the adapted frame.
Tape the 2 halves together with duct tape.

Before sewing provide rivet holes on shell and frame (see last photo premounting rivets).

for those of us who carry bikes on the back of our vehicles and the leather would be exposed to rain....this could also be done with the rubber from a car inner tube. Thanks for the great idea! always love the inspiration for something I didn't even think about making myself.

I would say that the whole thing looks quite rough in terms of craftsmenship, but I can recognize some tallent and love put in this project, so I like it. Theres a "thing" in it.

tomdevrieze (author)  Waldemar Sha1 year ago

Haha, the best comment ever, so true, thank you very much !

Very good post on using leather. Not so good for making a bicycle seat. For riding any distance those seams, rivets and washers would be guaranteed to cause blisters on my rear end. :)

tomdevrieze (author)  yrralguthrie1 year ago

Although it seems so on photo, it is comfortable (due to small suspensions in the steel frame) and the leather is soft enough, so the seams are not given friction enough that should cause blisters or damaging pants. You would have a point if this was made from saddle leather. Also in this case there are no problems with the rivets.

RayP241 year ago
Excellent re use of materials! Congratulations and thanks for sharing
seamster1 year ago

Very clever idea - I've never seen something like this done before. Thanks!