The latigo (also known as the cinch strap) is a saddle element that quickly wears out with constant use. Every time you ride, inspect it and replace it if it exhibits indications of wear. Latigos are quite inexpensive ($10-$25), far less expensive than having a wreck when riding due to a busted latigo.
You will have that new latigo ready to go in no time if you follow these simple, step-by-step instructions.
- Traditional latigo leather and nylon are available. Each variety will have a short, narrow piece of malleable leather that is utilised to fasten the latigo to the saddle rigging ring in an ingenious manner. If you lose this component, you can make a replacement by cutting a leather strip or using malleable lace that fits through the holes.
- A number of vertical holes on one end of the latigo are normally used to hook the cinch buckle. On the other end, there will be two sets of three holes, each making a triangle.
- Feed the leather underneath and over the saddle ring with the end of the latigo with the triangle hole set. Fold the end over to align the two triangular hole sets.
- Thread one end of the leather thread through each of the triangle’s two holes at the bottom. Pull the string through both layers of leather to create two equal lengths. Leave the loop formed slack rather than pulling the strings tight.
- Join the two ends and feed them back to the front of the latigo through the top hole. You will have to sort them out because it is typically a tight squeeze.
- Insert both ends of the string into the loop that connects the two bottom holes.
- Pull the ends of the string through and tighten it. This is a fairly secure attachment after the lace is tightened.
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