Prewar Lodbell Horizontal Spring Saddle Restoration for 1938/1939 Shelby Traveler Bicycle

1967 Schwinn Stingray Restoration
December 21, 2020
1938/1939 Shelby Traveler Bicycle
December 21, 2020

Prewar Lodbell Horizontal Spring Saddle Restoration for 1938/1939 Shelby Traveler Bicycle

This particular saddle was very rare and only came on a small number of bicycles. Notice the sideways springs! It was in very rough shape when it arrived on the Shelby bicycle. We fully disassembled the saddle and had part of the springs nickel plated like some of the other parts on the bicycle. The seat pan and other spring parts were painted black. The original rubber molded padding was still re-useable so Noel glued it in place and built-up foam padding to get to the proper thickness, look, and shape. The holes in the seat pan where the prior stitching adhered to were completely gone. Noel welded a new piece of metal to the pan and drilled probably a hundred small holes into the new metal to hold the stitching. New soft, black leather was cut and molded to the built-up seat pan and hand-stitched into place. The restoration of the Lobdell saddle turned out spectacular! We found another restored saddle on eBay that sold for $1,800 by itself! Iride is the place if you have any rare saddles that need restoration!

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