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Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby Queestce » Sun Oct 16, 2011 11:04 am

G'day all,

I had a minor off this morning caused by some damn wet leaf litter - these road bikes really don't have much rubber on the ground at any one time do they! Luckily I came out totally unscathed, and the bike almost did - can't say the same for my 2 week old PI Elite gloves though... Only real damage was a scuff on the side of the my saddle - which is almost as new as the gloves! Anyway, I wondered what could potentially be done to treat this and hopefully stop the damage from getting any worse? It's not very deep, only just on the leather surface. I figured there must be some sort of very thin adhesive patch you could buy and stick over the affected spot but google isn't showing me the light. Obviously it'd need to be thin enough that I didn't notice it when riding, but surely there is something like this available? Anyone had any success stories with this sort of thing??

Thanks for any help,

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Re: Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby il padrone » Sun Oct 16, 2011 11:05 am

Type of saddle?
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Re: Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby Queestce » Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:05 pm

Sorry, should have added that! It's a Fizik Arione.
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Re: Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby glennb » Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:20 pm

You can sand leather.

The clear pre-glued patches used for bike tubes and air mattresses and the like would be worth a shot for nylon/polyester/vinyl/butyl.
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Re: Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby Queestce » Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:01 pm

Hmm, the patches might be my best bet I guess. Figured I'd upload a pic of the damage incase anyone had any other ideas? Maybe I should go see a bootsmith... Appreciate any advice!

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Re: Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby mark field » Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:39 pm

white fibre inpregnated duct tape (not the grey plastic type) would be the quickest most efficient repair, tough, shiny, white, superb adhesive quality, it will cost you about 3.99 and if you dont like it, just peel it off. cant hurt to try and unless you recover the whole thing any repair will look like a repair, so you might as well try it.
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Re: Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby Wal42 » Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:52 pm

Google your closest automotive vinyl/leather repairer, they may be able to do something with it, I think if you took it to a motor trimmer it'd cost the same as a new saddle, but that being said it costs nothing to ask.
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Re: Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby alf » Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:09 pm

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Re: Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby glennb » Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:20 pm

Ooh, that's nasty, I think you're looking at more than a thin film to cover it.

Tape's alright. I've used black fibre tape on black saddles. It's not permanent, and more of a cover up than a repair, but beats buying a new saddle.

Not sure about liquid electrical tape, IME it seems to remain forever greasy, never really sets. Maybe different if exposed to sun.
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Re: Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby Queestce » Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:25 pm

Where abouts might one find this "fibre tape"? I've never heard of it, but something like that is probably my best bet. Any hardware store should carry it? I might try and smooth out/fill in the area a little then stick some on over the top. I'm not too worried about the aesthetics of the thing (white tape would be preferable though), I just don't want it to get any worse. Luckily the damage is in an area that doesn't get contacted too much. So long as I don't have to buy another saddle I'm a happy camper!

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Re: Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby mark field » Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:35 pm

Queestce wrote:Where abouts might one find this "fibre tape"? I've never heard of it, but something like that is probably my best bet. Any hardware store should carry it? I might try and smooth out/fill in the area a little then stick some on over the top. I'm not too worried about the aesthetics of the thing (white tape would be preferable though), I just don't want it to get any worse. Luckily the damage is in an area that doesn't get contacted too much. So long as I don't have to buy another saddle I'm a happy camper!

Cheers,

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its not called that as such, but it usually goes by the name duct tape or reinforced tape, you will know it when you see it, it comes in black,white, green, red, yellow, and blue that i know of. Service stations usually sell it too.
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Re: Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby Mulger bill » Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:50 am

Also known as gaffer tape in some areas.
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Re: Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby rifraf » Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:30 pm

Theres a nice fizik saddle for sale in the "member to member" though its not white.
I dont think a repair is going to look any good on your pride and joy :(
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Re: Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby il padrone » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:22 pm

Queestce wrote: I might try and smooth out/fill in the area a little then stick some on over the top. I'm not too worried about the aesthetics of the thing (white tape would be preferable though), I just don't want it to get any worse.

Maybe a patch with Sugru??

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Re: Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby Queestce » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:45 pm

Well, I would definitely have considered Sugru - HAD I KNOWN SUCH A CRAZY THING EXISTED! Ha. What an unusual product. I might give that a shot, seems like it could well work, plus I am just damn intrigued about it! Have you used it at all? Seems like it should adhere to the foam/leather. Cheers for the tip!
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Re: Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby il padrone » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:51 pm

I haven't used it but I think others here on BNA might have. It was Aushiker who I first saw posted about it, so maybe he has experience of it.
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Re: Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby Queestce » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:49 pm

After literally researching this stuff since you posted about it I've gotten to this stage...

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Will be sure to post up as to how it works. For $22 AUD shipped from the UK, I'm sure I will find more than enough uses for it to justify the cost! Not such a fan of all the overly bright colours so I was glad to see it comes in packs of just black/white too. I'm stuck looking around for things to modify now :)
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Re: Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby CommuRider » Wed Nov 02, 2011 2:08 am

It looks like a hardier version of blu-tac - and blu-tac comes in different colours now.
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Re: Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby Jean » Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:45 am

il padrone wrote:Maybe a patch with Sugru??



Oh man, that stuff looks brilliant! I've got an slighly seperated Ay-up power lead just begging to be fixed with that!
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Re: Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby il padrone » Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:44 pm

For a closer colour match for your saddle maybe get the coloured pack and mix some orange with the white ?
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Re: Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby Queestce » Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:36 pm

il padrone wrote:For a closer colour match for your saddle maybe get the coloured pack and mix some orange with the white ?


The pic makes it look orange-ish, but that's just the cameras crappy white balance. It's actually plain white. I'm sure it will still be a noticeable repair, but so long as I can sculpt it to be smooth enough hopefully it will be ok!
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Re: Saddle Scuff Repair?

Postby jimsheedy » Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:41 pm

any update on this? Ive got a week old smp needing a repair. :cry:
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