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Replacing seat cover. Have unscrewed all the little bolts and nuts that held the old cover in place and held the plastic silver trim. Am in the process of cleaning the metal rim and preparing it for the new cover I bought online. Question: Does the new cover really require all those pins to stay on? I'm happy to leave the trim off but I wonder whether the cement I'm going to use is enough to hold the new vinyl in place? I've seen restored bikes with no trim on the seat and it seems there's nothing bolting them down (though I'm sure they used the rivets in front.

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Pics Available if Needed

Strikes me I don't need to, but if y'all want pics, I can do that.

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Not being an upholsterer, I

Not being an upholsterer, I don't know if there might have been some glue in there also?? I suspect part of the reason for the small screws is to provide a place for the trim to attach. As I recall, the "nail head" that sticks outside has a narrow feature to it that slides into the groove cut into the inside of the trim. Basically, that's all that holds the trim on.

Some people don't have trim on their seats, some do. It's your bike...personal preference. You might consider what would happen if you were to sell and the next owner wanted to go back to using the trim.

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Have you Re-Covered Your Bike's Seat?

schrader7032 wrote:

Not being an upholsterer, I don't know if there might have been some glue in there also?? I suspect part of the reason for the small screws is to provide a place for the trim to attach. As I recall, the "nail head" that sticks outside has a narrow feature to it that slides into the groove cut into the inside of the trim. Basically, that's all that holds the trim on.

Some people don't have trim on their seats, some do. It's your bike...personal preference. You might consider what would happen if you were to sell and the next owner wanted to go back to using the trim.

Yes, the little bolt heads are what hold the trim on. And yes, there's glue, and lots of it. For sure, I don't mind NOT putting the trim on and I'm not at all worried about a subsequent buyer not having that flourish. I'm really just concerned that the glue will be all the cover needs to stay on.

So this is an open call to those who have done this job and what their experiences have been.

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Just restating the question for anyone who may have re-covered a seat: Since I don't want to reinstall the trim, Is the glue enough or does one have to put the screws back through the seat cover to secure it to the seat pan/frame?

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I would say (YES), the glue

I would say (YES), the glue will hold the cover on. I did my cover a while back. It does have the trim, but I'm confident that if i removed the trim and screws the cover would stay put.

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wolds wrote:

I would say (YES), the glue will hold the cover on. I did my cover a while back. It does have the trim, but I'm confident that if i removed the trim and screws the cover would stay put.

OK it's been some time since checking in, but I thought you'd like to know the experiment was a success. You don't need the screws and good cement will do the trick. Be patient and let it set up for a few days. Keep it warm, as in not in a cold garage, or do it in the summer, and the bond is strong. The thing I didn't realize is that the pressure of sitting on the seat compresses the vinyl cover and actually pushes out and down on the material. So once the bond is set, the upward pressure is only when NOT sitting on the seat. Yeah, there's pressure at rear and front, but the cement does the job. I'll give recommendations later for how to secure it when letting the glue set up.

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