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Oh man, the Rolls is such an awesome looking saddle. I love the gold plate at the back and on the side. It adds class and elegance. Only thing is that if I buy one then the colour of the leather won't match the grips. It's not a huge deal but it would be sweet to have it all uniform and it would be cool to try to give an old saddle a new lease on life. Might write up a WTB ad as suggested.
I also got my b43s from Ben at velomine. Got him to build them up on miche primato hubs in a radial front and 3cross rear pattern and was really happy with the result.
You should consider one of the new San Marco vintage saddles. They have remade some of their classics such as the rolls, concor and regal and they are so close to the originals that you could barely tell if they we reside by side. I just bought a black suede concor and it looks the part and is very comfy, not to mention superbly built.
Here Is the lineup: http://www.sellesanmarco.it/en/Vintage/ ... Regal.html
I bough mine on chain reaction. Between $70 and $90.
I ended up buying that second hand San Marco Rolls for 15 bones. I'm liking the used/vintage look of it but I have decided to try to restore it. I've seen a few people restore them so it seems possible. Will have to source some leather and new rivets as I will have to drill them out. The main thing that I'm a bit bummed about is that when I polish the metal, it will loose all the gold colour, which works so well with the look that I'm going for. Does anyone have any suggestions as to whether it's possible to get it gold plated cheaply somewhere, or something? If not, it will still look awesome if it's chrome though. See pics below for the current condition of the saddle. I must say, it has been well loved.
Went for a ride out to Boondal Wetlands and took heaps of wicked photos with my bro's DSLR camera, got home and all the files were corrupted Typical
Only had a few on my crappy point and shoot and will post them below for those of you who are interested. Other than that, bike is pretty much finished. Just need to reupholster the saddle and make some leather grips and toe straps. All in good time.
You'll probably want fatter tyres to get across that marsh.
Very nice colour & detailing... and well documented for others... thanks for sharing. Now enjoy the ride!
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