[CR] rivets, was Replacing the Top of a Leather Saddle

(Example: Framebuilding:Restoration)

Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2009 15:09:49 -0500
From: "Harvey Sachs" <hmsachs@verizon.net>
To: <jerrymoos@sbcglobal.net>, Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR] rivets, was Replacing the Top of a Leather Saddle

Jerry Moos wrote: <snip>:

But I've never attempted to replace a saddle top before, and really don't know how one goes about it. Despite having seen some brief films of the lads attaching saddle tops in the Brooks shop, I don't know exactly how it is done. Is this something an amateur could quickly learn to do adequately? What tools are required? What's the usual procedure for removing the old top and old rivets? Is there an explanation of all this anywhere on the net?

The original rivets are small copper ones stamped IDEALE, except on either side of the nose, where Ideal always used steel rivets. Probably no chance of sourcing these. What copper rivets are available today that would be as close as possible? +++++++++++++++++++++ I recently faced a similar question, and asked the local luggage & shoe repair shop about some large diameter copper rivets. He gave me some, not quite a match for the Brooks, but nice for what I needed. Would not accept payment for 4 rivets, either.

harvey sachs
mcLean va USA