How to Recover a Bike Seat

How to Recover a Bike Seat
You have your favorite bike seat. You have worn it in perfectly and it conforms to your body just the way you like it. There is only one problem--it looks bad. The seat cover is torn, ripped and faded. It is time to recover it and make your bike seat look brand new again. You can recover your bike seat in about two hours at home--one hour if you are handy.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Thick, sturdy material
  • Marker
  • Sharp scissors
  • Spray-on headliner adhesive or rubber cement
  • Staple gun and staples
Step 1
Purchase a thick and sturdy leather or cloth material to use as your new bike seat cover. To figure out how much material you need, buy twice as much as the size of your bike seat. Double that amount if you want to have extra material to work with in case you make a mistake.
Step 2
Remove the seat from your bike.
Step 3
Pry out the staples from the underside of the bike seat that are holding the material in place, using a pair of needle-nose pliers. If your bike seat does not have staple in it, skip this step.
Step 4
Pull the material off the bike seat slowly and carefully to prevent ripping the foam cushion.
Step 5
Lay your new material, wrong side facing up, flat on a table.
Step 6
Place the old bike seat cover, wrong side facing up, on top of the new material. If the old bike seat cover will not lie flat, use your hands to gently stretch the material until it flattens some. If necessary, place something heavy on top of the old bike seat cover to keep it lying flat on top of the new material.
Step 7
Trace around the edges of the old bike seat cover on the new material with a marker.
Step 8
Cut out your new bike seat cover, using the marker lines as a guide, with a pair of sharp scissors.
Step 9
Spray headliner adhesive, available at auto supply stores, on the backside of your new cloth bike seat cover. If the new bike seat cover material is leather, paint rubber cement on the backside of the leather. Rubber cement is available at craft supply stores.
Step 10
Turn the bike seat right side up.
Step 11
Center the new material, right side up, over the bike seat. While holding the material taut, place the material down on the bike seat. Pull the sides of the material around to the underside of the bike seat. Stretch the material to get a tight fit, without bunched up spots. Once you have the material in place correctly, rub the material down to make it stick to the foam.
Step 12
Turn the bike seat upside down. Spray more headliner adhesive or paint on additional rubber cement for any material that is not sticking to the foam and rub the material down to make it stay in place.
Step 13
Staple around the edges of the material on the underside of the bike seat, using a staple gun. Use the same size staples that were originally used on the bike seat, if possible. If not, use any size gun staples that you have handy (as long as they fit).
Step 14
Attach your newly covered seat back to the bike and go for a test ride.

Article Written By Rose Kivi

Rose Kivi has been a writer for more than 10 years. She has a background in the nursing field, wildlife rehabilitation and habitat conservation. Kivi has authored educational textbooks, patient health care pamphlets, animal husbandry guides, outdoor survival manuals and was a contributing writer for two books in the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Series.

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