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Saddle #068 & #069


Alistair had been threatening for months if not years that he had some old saddles he was wanting restored. I think at one point he might have said he was going to try do it himself. What we do might look simple and straight forward but over time we’ve learnt some tricks and techniques that take a lot of practice so when he finally brought us two Selle Italia’s it was fairly evident they needed some tlc. Alistair also brought along some of his own leather which resulted in a simple off white Flite and a rad distressed grey Mundialita with white stitch detail. The Flite sits real nice on Al’s steel frame Pinarello.

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Saddle #067


This Selle San Marco saddle for Stefano Ramozzotti was a real treat to work on.
We used a fiery red leather and incorporated the Italian flag colours into the perforated design. We were very stoked with how it came out and so was Stefano!

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Saddle #066

After many months of communication Bernard finally flew down from Joburg with his saddle to have it recovered. He was only here for a few days so we turned it around real quick. A simple recover in a beautiful chocolate brown full grain pull up bovine hide. We’re officially national.

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Saddle #047

Knowing this saddle was off to Afrikaburn 2013 we had to do something special and unique for our special and unique friend Peta. Nguni hair on and beige hide. It now sits atop a lovely old champagne coloured Italian foldie called Suzanna. Peta learned to ride in the final week leading up to AB so we’re very proud of her. We’d like to think the saddle had something to do with it.

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Saddle #039 #040 #041


The guys responsible for bringing Retrospec bikes into SouthAfrica handed a few saddles to us last year and said we could “go wild”. We finally got a gap in our schedule to complete them. A bit of experimenting happened but the results were quite rad. Unfortunately I didn’t take any good pics before handing them over so this’ll have to suffice for now. I’ll take more photo’s and post another day.