Banana Seat Restoration

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rose359

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Nov 19, 2015
23
Minneapolis, MN
The banana seat on my Triumph (Raleigh) muscle bike is in need of repair. I believe it was made by Brooks; I have seen seats like it with the BROOKS label on the back; this seat is not marked. What can I do to improve it's condition? Most of the sparkly vinyl fabric is in good condition, but, as shown in the photos, there are several tears that need to be attended lest they get worst. What is acceptable repair for these tears?
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The Carolina Rambler

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 25, 2018
146
24
North Carolina
Here is what i would do if I was in your position. I would see how hard it is to take the seat and upholstery apart {that being the kushion and the pad}. If it was not too difficult, I would then get a small piece of vinyl as close to the existing color as possible, and perhaps back the tears with it, sort of making a patch but on the inside. I would use Shoe Goo to glue in place the patches, and make sure the outside hole was as neat and tightly closed and flush as possible. I would then reassemble the seat; and would use Shoe Goo again to re-glue the material back down to the pan. This is not very quick or easy to do, but it might would work and look good and provide a decent repair; you should see what other people say on this thread before attempting any of this. They might have a better idea. Alternatively, you might could glue and or stitch the vinyl patches to the outside which would be easier, but a lower quality and likely less durable fix and probably would not be very visually appealing.

It also depends on how supple and strong the vinyl of the seat still is. Vinyl has a tendency to sometimes grow brittle and prone to rip with age.
 
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rose359

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Nov 19, 2015
23
Minneapolis, MN
Here is what i would do if I was in your position. I would see how hard it is to take the seat and upholstery apart {that being the kushion and the pad}. If it was not too difficult, I would then get a small piece of vinyl as close to the existing color as possible, and perhaps back the tears with it, sort of making a patch but on the inside. I would use Shoe Goo to glue in place the patches, and make sure the outside hole was as neat and tightly closed and flush as possible. I would then reassemble the seat; and would use Shoe Goo again to re-glue the material back down to the pan. This is not very quick or easy to do, but it might would work and look good and provide a decent repair; you should see what other people say on this thread before attempting any of this. They might have a better idea. Alternatively, you might could glue and or stitch the vinyl patches to the outside which would be easier, but a lower quality and likely less durable fix and probably would not be very visually appealing.

It also depends on how supple and strong the vinyl of the seat still is. Vinyl has a tendency to sometimes grow brittle and prone to rip with age.
The vinyl doesn't seem real dry, but it makes a hard 180-degree fold over the underside of the pan. I am not sure if the vinyl would survive the disassembly/reassembly process. I agree that patches on the outside would not be good. I might reinforce some of the cuts by covering them with some clear packing tape.
 
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