Refurbished Avocet GelFlex ready to roll

My ancient Avocet GelFlex saddle has been reconditioned, ready to go another 36,000 miles.


Today I saw an Avocet GelFlex saddle NOS for sale on eBay for $140. Fortunately, I have one left, newly reconditioned.

My second attempt at replacing the saddle cover with marine vinyl (those nylon covers didn’t last long) using a process described on the Instructables website, went easier than last time, but it still lacks polish.

I guess I lack the patience to make it look perfect. I’m happy with good enough.

This time the staples went in better, now that I have an electric staple gun and used shorter 1/4-inch (6 mm) staples.

I wasn’t as happy with the Loctite spray glue compared to 3M. I recommend the 3M brand described in Instructables. The Loctite glue sprayed out like that stuff used to make fake spider webs during Halloween.

This is my second successful attempt at adding epoxy to quiet that annoying front saddle creak. It’s like I’m riding a new saddle.

One Response to “Refurbished Avocet GelFlex ready to roll”

  1. Jay Says:

    I really admire your effort to preserve and continue using something “old” (by cycling standards anyway. Far too often I take the lazy way out and replace stuff–like most Americans.

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