I love developing my own bike hacks, but I do have my limits. For me, there is typically one simple rule I follow, and it is this - if while engaged in the hack it takes more than four or maybe five beers to finish the project, I will buy an off the shelf product to meet my needs. This rule may change if I ever get a garage or workshop, but at present, not having access to such a space, and the natural need to fill such a space with tools and a mini-fridge, is my rationale for keeping my hacks limited to maybe a three or four hour period.
I admire others who throw themselves into projects regardless of the time commitment. One such reader, PY, sent along a step-by-step tutorial on how he hacked his own leather saddle.
A 10 step tutorial on the project is below, the gory details of which are posted to Instructables. This project would definitely break my current hacking rule, and if you want to engage in it you might want to substitute coffee for beer during certain steps.
- Step 1: Materials and tools
- Step 2: Dismantle the seat
- Step 3: Cut and form leather
- Step 4: Adapt the frame : intro
- Step 5: Adapt the frame : Adapting the nose (Tension shackle)
- Step 6: Adapt the frame : Creating the nose piece and tension pin
- Step 7: Attach the leather
- Step 8: Stain and nourish the leather
- Step 9: Conclusion + inspirations etc.
- [UPDATE] Step 10 : Burnish the edges