[CR]removing and replacing a leather saddle

(Example: Framebuilding:Brazing Technique)

From: "Norris Lockley" <norris@norrislockley.wanadoo.co.uk>
To: <Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2005 14:21:38 +0100
Subject: [CR]removing and replacing a leather saddle

Well ..you do get yiurself into some scrapes.!

I have it on very good authority that since our former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher decreed that the UK could live and thrive by service industries alone, and thereafter killed off all our mines and manufacturing industry, it became impossible for Brooks the manufacturers of famous leather saddles even to by supplies of their equally famous copper rivets. Indeed as the story goes Brooks had to import the rivets from China...and we're talking fifteen years or so ago now.

In Settle we still have a man who earns his living make leather clogs. I called on him some years ago to try to buy some large rivets to repair certain older saddles. This guy too was having problems with supplies.

However, walking into a large D-I-Y shop in France I caught site of a whole range of rivets, large and small, in copper, brass, aluminium, monel metal....

So if you have any problems with supplis let me know what you want..I only keep copper ones though.

Norris Lockley ...Settle Uk