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adfkje adfkje
8/14/2015 6:19 PM

My specific seats are an Animal Nigel pivotal and a Shadow 1-piece tripod, as well as a couple seats for my fixed gear, but I'm really just interested in whether this is generally something that could be done reliably? There just seems like such little space to work with between the fabric//seating that it'd be impossible to make it look 'factory' in your first few attempts...


Any thoughts or tips would be appreciated! I was actually checking out the odyssey galaxy colorway seats when i got this idea lol, but really it would be incredible if we could just swap around seat patterns like painting a part!

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cro tec cro tec
8/14/2015 7:17 PM

heck yea I covered my seat with leather and stapled it in placePhoto


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Skylight Skylight
8/14/2015 10:28 PM

If you would want to make a good job of the homemade seat cover, then maybe you should:
-remove the current fabric cover
-separate it into various parts (unstitched parts)
-Then use theses part shapes to draw a template on your desired new fabric.

Then, a good sewing hand, a needle, string (take nylon), and it's should be good to go. Here's a good time to be kind to your mom and ask her to do the sewing...

I'm not saying that the first few attempts will be 100% perfect, but if you do it correctly, and measure THRICE, cut once, then everything should be straightforward.

I am going to try doing so too. My camo seat is starting to bore me, I want something more in the lines of ODSY's Tom Dugan feather seat...

It doesn't matter where a train goes. It's decidin' to get on that does.

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Skylight Skylight
8/18/2015 5:17 AM

This thread inspired me to change my seat cover. Here it is. Not too nice, but its still holding good. I think companies should rather make a pop-on, pop-off system for these covers instead of selling a new seat just because some kid wants to change the colour. This is of course for energy savings and, to, well, save the world.



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It doesn't matter where a train goes. It's decidin' to get on that does.

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dave lawrence dave lawrence
8/18/2015 6:04 AM

I've been riding for like 16 years and been wanting to do something like this FOREVER, and never have. I have a spare Odyssey seat laying around...but it is nearly MINT so I don't know if I should do it. I need a staple gun though.

"Hey anybody ever make that mistake like right when you wake up in the morning and you believe in yourself?" -Kyle Kinane

"BIKES!" -Tom Segura

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Nwewinit Nwewinit
8/18/2015 7:10 AM

I usually wind up re-upholstering my seat with duct-tape.

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CamelOnAcid CamelOnAcid
8/18/2015 8:23 AM

I have done a seat before with camouflage I was happy with the way it turned out. It was an animal nigel seat I just cut the camo fabric to a little long than the seat size and stapled it.

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Skylight Skylight
8/18/2015 8:30 AM
dave lawrence wrote:

I've been riding for like ...more

It's easier than you think, but that depends if you want a good finish or a quick change to see if you should stick to it or if the material is up to the job.

I didn't even remove my old camo cover. Nah. I just draped the new cloth over the thing, unscrewed a few nuts here and there, got a great 3M VHB (very high bond) double sided tape (THIN!) and plastered the thing on! Its not your normal preschool grade double sided tape, it sticks like hell (I used it to stick my head tube badge onto the bike). Again, pics if I remember to not be a lazy brat.


Back to the seat.

It started like this: I shuffled around the rag bag for a few hippie style pants, got one, said 'hey this might look dope'. Before I knew it, i had unscrewed the seat from the bike and was holding it in front of me with the pants wrapped around. My fingers moved about, and before I knew it, I had a nice cover. I had to go eat, then came back with some tape, stuck the thing.... TA DA! Mommy, what do you think?! "Uhuhh"

Tips?

Get your cloth and wrap it around your seat. Totally. Stretch it so that it's really around, and tight in your hand. It's like wrapping the thing for christmas. Then cut with some scissors around the lower part. Put it into position with the plastic covers and screw it on. Use a flat sided, thin screwdriver to wedge and taunt the fabric into the plastic thingies. Screw in it till tight.

Then, get the scissors out again and trim the side areas. Get the double tape, cut some, tape some, remove the other side, eat a banana, stretch it tight, and stick the little sucker on!

Easier said than done, but it;s quite straightforward.

The good thing is that it totally changes the look of your seat, for NUFFFING at all ($ wise), and you get to test the material before you seriously commit. Then you would want to buy a compressor and a stapler gun. Be careful around those, damn those things could perforate 10000000 dicks in a row!

It doesn't matter where a train goes. It's decidin' to get on that does.

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dave lawrence dave lawrence
8/18/2015 8:35 AM
Nwewinit wrote:

I usually wind up ...more

I've done that and ended up with duct tape residue on my buttocks.

"Hey anybody ever make that mistake like right when you wake up in the morning and you believe in yourself?" -Kyle Kinane

"BIKES!" -Tom Segura

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ticaleb ticaleb
8/18/2015 11:20 AM

"residue on my buttocks"

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Oddity Oddity
8/18/2015 12:01 PM

I've done a few myself as well as the bar stools and dinner table chairs in my house. Spray 3M spray adhesive on both the seat fabric and the new fabric, give 10-15 seconds to get tacky, stick them together and use a staple gun to secure the excess fabric to the underside of the seat pan.

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-Havok- -Havok-
8/18/2015 1:40 PM

Just pull it off, cut the desired fabric to the same size, staple it back on. Easy and exactly the same way it's made in the first place. I've done mine a couple times and didn't have a staple gun, so I used a couple short thumb tacks(for obvious reasons lol), and then just screwed down the plastic pieces under the seat to hold it in place. It's worked out fine and no one can even tell. And yeah you can use that 3m spray, but a can of the shit costs 1/2 of the price of a new seat, so I never thought it was worth it

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Oddity Oddity
8/18/2015 4:35 PM

Wasn't aware of any seats costing $10

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CamelOnAcid CamelOnAcid
8/18/2015 4:49 PM

The resist icon seat is $12 if anybody wants to try it and are afraid of messing up there $20-$35 seat

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Shortdude Shortdude
8/18/2015 6:48 PM
CamelOnAcid wrote:

The resist icon seat is ...more

I have the Icon and it's uber soft. I'm actually planning on doing this same thing and making one similar to the Galaxy.

I haven't rode in forever so I suck and I have 2 Hondas. Follow me on Instagram @softtop2k.417

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CamelOnAcid CamelOnAcid
8/18/2015 7:01 PM
Shortdude wrote:

I have the Icon and it's ...more

I like mine one of the reasons I bought it was I wanted to see if I liked a fat seat and for $12 I couldn't pass it up

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adfkje adfkje
8/19/2015 7:41 PM
dave lawrence wrote:

I've been riding for like ...more

It's funny because after making this thread, i remembered I had this diesel staple gun that I picked up somehwere but never tried using... think I'll try putting it to use, i've got tons and tons of crap seats to learn on lol

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adfkje adfkje
8/21/2015 4:58 PM
CamelOnAcid wrote:

I have done a seat before ...more

fucking great to hear someone did that specific seat, because that's my main seat on my fave bmx so that one was my most important to do right!

Thread on the subject posted to upholstery sub-reddit:
https://www.reddit.com/r/upholstery/comments/3hr0sd/bicycle_seat_reupholstering_how_feasible_is_this/

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adfkje adfkje
8/21/2015 5:19 PM
dave lawrence wrote:

I've been riding for like ...more

Skylight wrote:

It's easier than you ...more

c'mon man, don't be a lazy brat I posted this thread somewhere else and linked back, plz show me your pics! Am going to do a couple shitty rail-based seats, then my shadow tripod then my animal Nigel seat, lemme see yours!

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Skylight Skylight
8/25/2015 8:19 AM

Okay, tomorrow I am going to seriously do my seat cover again just for the purpose of this thread.

Happy?

There ya go. Patience.

I just didn't take pictures, thats all. This time I hope to do a better job. We will see then...

It doesn't matter where a train goes. It's decidin' to get on that does.

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Skylight Skylight
8/26/2015 4:15 AM

First, get the desired fabric. Choose a part that has no stitches and appeals to you. Wrap the fabric around the whole seat and 'secure' it in place with rubber bands, zip ties, small rope… Get the scissors and cut a small slit into one of the sides of the thing, slightly above the rubber band line. From there, cut around the whole fabric.

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Then, leave the cloth hanging on the seat and trim it away. Scissors need to be very sharp. Trim mostly the sides. You need to leave about 2 to 3 cm overhang.

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With your fingers and a screwdriver, fold up the cloth and get it into the area that will be covered by the cover. Don't forget that the nut hole has got to be visible.

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Get the front plastic cover and screw it in about two turns. Pry the cloth into the slot between the seat and the cover with a flat head screwdriver. Screw it some more and repeat until the nose of the seat looks legit and the fabric is tight.

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No wrinkles and sweet as hell, here is the front end:

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Now move to the rear of the seat and do the same thing. With your fingers, get the cloth 'in-to da zone'.

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Screw it in… Pry the cloth in with screwdriver… Tighten… Pry… Etc. It has gotta be clean ad sweet looking with no wrinkles at the back, okay honeypot?

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KAZAM! You have done 80 % of the job. You need a good two sided adhesive to continue from now on, one that STICKS like a pit bull on a poodle.
Get one side of the tape and stick it in the insides of the seat edge. Then, stretch the cloth a final time to get all the wrinkles out, take the backing out, and put that bugger on!!!

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Do the same for the other side. You will end up with this bad boy:

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TAADAA! There it is, as simple as that. Take a cutter, or better yet, a sharp surgical doctor grade knife and make a slit into the fabric ( hole for allen key for the pivotal bolt). If you want, you can mark the place with a slit, take the whole cover out and sew a patch of rubber from an old tube to make it nicer. Chances are that you are not going to do so.

Here is what a pivotal seat cover looks like when it's not on the seat. PS: With a LOT of wrinkles too.

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If you want to make it a bit more serious and definitive, you need to get the staples from the old seat cover out, and unstitch the parts. Then, play 'em over your new cloth and cut them to size. Sew them together and replace. It's more straightforward. And, assuming that it's gonna be a good job, don't forget to use that old tube under the bed and to make a pivotal bolt hole slot thingamajig. If your cloth is light and not heavy duty, you might wanna sew another layer under.

Just my two cents on the whole thing. Please try it out guys. This takes a maximum of 30 minutes and changes the look of the seat for nothing at all. Let's see some others!

It doesn't matter where a train goes. It's decidin' to get on that does.

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Skylight Skylight
8/26/2015 8:45 AM

Any comments, please? I actually took my seat apart for this...

It doesn't matter where a train goes. It's decidin' to get on that does.

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CamelOnAcid CamelOnAcid
8/26/2015 8:50 AM

Looks good. You done yours the same way I did mine except I used some hot glue to.

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adfkje adfkje
8/26/2015 12:53 PM
Skylight wrote:

Okay, tomorrow I am going ...more

You went and did it! You're awesome haha that's so cool, thanks a lot man :D Alright I've gotta get to home depot cuz I've got credit there to use anyways and I want to get heavy-duty staples for this, but I've got 5 seats (all railed setups that aren't in use) to use for practice if necessary, then my nigel pivotal and a 1-piece tripod seat are the actual seats that're going to be on the bikes I ride.

Unsure if I'll get to the depot today but will update before end of week for sure, thanks again I really appreciate you taking the time to do that!

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tomdon tomdon
8/26/2015 1:25 PM
ticaleb wrote:

"residue on my buttocks"

FUCKING LOL

I'm on the vital legit list!

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adfkje adfkje
8/26/2015 1:58 PM

Also skylight thank you for the reply in the manual setups thread, a lot of that is incorporated into how i'm setting it up right now I didn't reply directly there because i put like 4 replies in a row already and didn't know how to multi-quote, it was just cluttering the hell up haha

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sketchytravis sketchytravis
8/26/2015 2:02 PM

my one buddy just got new leather and padding and wet molded it to the seat and tacked it in with lil tacks.

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Skylight Skylight
8/27/2015 12:18 AM

No probs.

It doesn't matter where a train goes. It's decidin' to get on that does.

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adfkje adfkje
8/27/2015 8:15 AM

https://imgur.com/74ftj/

someone posted that in my Reddit thread on this subject, thought it'd be good to cross-post that here too

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eskimojay eskimojay
8/27/2015 8:35 AM

Crocodile skin or stingray skin would be a sweet material to use for a seat

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