How to Lace a Brooks Leather Saddle

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How to Lace a Brooks Leather Saddle
It is important to have a comfortable saddle for cycling. (cycling image by Imre Forgo from

Brooks leather bicycle saddles are designed to mould to your shape to provide a comfortable ride. However, they have a tendency to splay outward because of the pressure exerted from your weight on the top of the saddle. This can cause the saddle to become uneven and uncomfortable. You can remedy this by drilling holes in and lacing together the saddle, which will pull in the two sides and force the saddle to level back out.

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Things you need

  • Power drill
  • Safety goggles
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Shoelace
  • Brooks leather saddle

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  1. 1

    Measure out the points where you will be making the holes in your saddle with your ruler. The holes should be 1/2 inch apart. Make sure you measure the positions evenly on each side of the saddle.

  2. 2

    Mark the position where 8 holes will be with your pen along the saddle lip, underneath the Brooks logo, the holes should follow the natural curve of your saddle lip. Do this on each side of the saddle.

  3. 3

    Put on the safety goggles to protect your eyes from any potential flying debris.

  4. 4

    Drill the holes in the positions you have marked with the power drill. Make sure the holes are wide enough to fit your lace through.

  5. 5

    Lace the shoelace through the holes you have just made. Poke both ends out of opposite holes, from the inside through to the outside, to begin. Then poke the laces through the next holes from the outside to the inside. Continue lacing in this crisscross manner until the shoelace has passed through all of the holes and reached the other end of the holes you have made.

  6. 6

    Tie the shoelace together in a knot to retain the tension you have created by lacing the saddle.

Tips and warnings

  • You can experiment with different kind of knots to tie the shoelace to see which best keeps the tension in the saddle.

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