Take the remains of the rail out, get them welded together, file smooth and you can still use it! The padding looks ok and the cover apart from the rips looks pretty good too.
Maybe it would deserve to be repaired, then recovered?? Local upholsterer could supply a bit of leather and they could recover it or have a go yourself!
I would be sad to see it go after all this time and good service. BITD, I could never afford the Flytes or other high end items, so the Vetta was the best option I could buy – truly a quality piece of kit that's survived from BITD. The synthetic coverings on the Charge saddles seem to wear through in no time at all. The Vetta's proved to be quite a hard wearing bit of kit – it won't go in the bin, it deserves better. Besides, I hate trashing things.
I'm going to have a think around some of your very good suggestions and plan the 'upcycling' project...
Clockwork A309 A0163
Wanted: 26.8mm Orange or Zoom seatpost and Onza RCR 160 Bar Ends (preferably both polished silver). Oh, and an end to 'The Struggle'.