If you purchased a secondhand bike from an acquaintance and its seat cover is torn and the cushioning underneath it is coming loose, install a new piece of padding and cover by completing the following steps. After finishing the repair, cruise around town on your new set of wheels while remaining comfortable.


  • stitch ripping tool
  • scissors
  • upholstery staple remover
  • sponge
  • soapy water
  • towel
  • padding
  • adhesive
  • foam brush
  • fabric
  • fabric marker
  • scissors
  • upholstery staples
  • staple gun

​Remove The Old Seat Cover And Padding And Clean The Seat's Surface

Use a stitch ripping tool to loosen and remove thread that is holding the cover in place. If the cover was stapled to the base of the seat, remove the staples with an upholstery staple remover. This type of tool is similar to a standard staple remover but is designed to remove larger staples.

Carefully remove the seat's cover and set it aside. Remove the padding by pulling it loose from the seat's base. If dried adhesive is stuck on the portion of the seat that the padding was attached to, use a sponge that has been dipped in soapy water to loosen and remove it. Dry the seat with a towel when finished. 

Cut A Piece Of Padding And Fabric And Attach Them

Lay the old piece of padding on top of the new piece and trace its outline with a fabric pen. Cut out the traced outline on the replacement padding with a pair of scissors. Lay out the old seat cover on a piece of fabric and trace and cut it. Apply an even amount of adhesive to one one side of the padding. Press the adhesive-covered side firmly against the bicycle's seat. Wait the recommended amount of time that is printed on the product's packaging for the adhesive to dry.

Wrap the replacement piece of fabric securely around the piece of padding. Use a staple gun to secure upholstery staples around the perimeter of the fabric. Make sure that each staple is secured to the base of the seat, as well.

Your bike will have a newer appearance once you have completed the repair. In order to protect the new cover and padding, use the bike's kickstand so that your bike is parked or stored in an upright position when not being ridden. Place your bike in a dry, covered storage building or room so that is not exposed to moisture, which could also damage the seat and padding. 

If you feel you cannot do this on your own, consider contacting a local bicycle repair shop, such as Sarasota Cyclery Inc