Tuesday 31 May 2022

Romin S-Works Saddle Set: Baum Ristretto

Copper and Lava Grey for Beno's Baum Ristretto. Simple and classic one row perforated bar tape, fully perforated leather saddle with copper showing through and the same treatment on the lid of the 2 piece saddle bag.

Saturday 28 May 2022

Specialized Romin: Baum Vintage Logo

The old tree logo  raised design on Kjerstie's Baum Orbis


Friday 27 May 2022

Three Romins from 2021

Romin perforated in British tri-colour and grey with matching bar tape for James' Pinarello Dogma F12

Romin perforated with bold coral orange angled design for Eduardo's Factor X CHPT3 road bike

Romin with Kawasaki green detailing for Julian's S-Works

Thursday 26 May 2022

Astute Skycarb VT saddles: Customised in 2021

Astute Skycarb VT perforated with lime green detail for Witold's Cervelo R5

Astute Skycarb VT minimal black on black perforated

Astute Skycarb VT with completely minimal black leather cover

Astutue Saddle: Baum Orbis: Red and Silver

Edo's Baum Orbis with Busyman customised Astute Skycarb VT saddle and matching bar tape with three colour silver and red perforated details.

Pro Turnix Silver Fade and Red for a Baum Orbis +

Perforations in three shades; red, silver and dark silver on a Pro Turnix saddle and three row perforated bar tape for John's Baum Orbis +

Tuesday 24 May 2022

Aqua 44 SMP Dynamic & 2 Piece saddle bag Baum Orbis +

Rob's Baum Orbis + with SMP Dynamic saddle custom leather covered by me with raised and perforated 44 showing through in Aqua. Two piece saddle bag with raised emboss circle 44.

Monday 23 May 2022

SMP Dynamic with New Baum Logo

SMP Dynamic custom recovered in kangaroo leather with 2/3 back end grid perforations coloured to match the fade paint scheme plus the raised motif of Baum Cycles new anniversary tree logo. All this for Shane's Baum Orbis.

Sunday 22 May 2022

Selle SMP Dynamic: Back End Blue Perforations: Baum Orbis

Vaughan's Baum Orbis with Busyman recovered SMP Dynamic saddle in black leather with back end perforations to match the custom 'fjordblau' frame colour

SMP Lite 209 & Two Piece Saddle Bag

Matthew's Baum Orbis with Busyman recovered Selle SMP Lite 209 and matching 2 piece saddle bag with orange and blue perforated detailing.

SMP saddles from 2020 and 2021

Having done so many SMP saddle recovers I have been adjusting and refining my patterns with almost every job. This includes adding some gussets on the underside to improve the fit of the leather cover as well as adjusting the perforation patterns so that they follow more accurately the contours of the saddle. I'm really happy with how they are turning out as my technique improves. The one above is fully perforated in the grid pattern with a pale blue to red fade showing through on both saddle and bar tapes.

This is mainly black on black perforations with just a few light blue and orange lines for John's titanium Legend.

For Prova Cycles I tried to cover the saddle in black Alacntara but it was a big FAIL. The complex shape of the saddle required a material with stretch in all directions. It could probably be done but would require some panel seams on the top surface of the saddle. The solution was to use kangaroo leather for the saddle paired with Alcantara for the bar tape. I don't really enjoy working with synthetic leathers.

SMP in black leather with simple all over light blue perforations
SMP - Black on black 2/3 perforated

Smaller 1mm perforations don't show as much of the contrast colour on the saddle. This saddle has a mix of gold and black perforations.

Saturday 21 May 2022

Hand Dyed Leather: Assorted 2022

John's SMP Full Carbon saddle with black and burgundy/chestnut faded patina hand dyed effect with matching bar tape. Hand dying the leather never gives a uniform result but therein lies the beauty in my opinion. It's also unpredictable how it will change with time becoming deeper or lighter colour.

Marty's Arione in chestnut tan and brown speedy dots

Mohammed Ahli's blue fade patina Power saddle and bar tape