You'll be gutted handing it over you've put a lot of work into it
I haven't got the patience or the skill to restore to that level I'd be we'll proud,top of cruisein round the city centre even on a day like today
Edit. On the seat front what about a black Brooks? Not period but I recon it would suit it?
I agree with you on the Brooks, a wide sprung black one would look dope.
However, the original saddle is super comfy and - crucially - it has the mounting for the original reflector (which the bike looks a bit naked without).
Aimed close to factory spec, but with a few upgrades and new bits (eg tyres, grips, chain, cables, pads, various nuts & bolts). I had a good go at recovering the original saddle, but it's such a curvy shape that it was really tough to keep from creasing, so Mike (the owner) is looking at having it professionally re-upholstered.
I would love to keep it, but hey ho - another project is on the cards soon which makes this bike look like a youngster!
PARTS FOR SALE:
vintage Brooks Professional saddle | Specialized FACT CX fork | Columbus fork | Reynolds 531 fork | Avid Arch Rival v-brakes | various 700c, 27" and 26" wheels | vintage Weco hubs (fixed/freewheel) | vintage Raleigh ladies frames + lots more!