The photos above were taken of a child's saddle sent to us for clean-up. Note the lacing had slid back and was mostly undone. This would have come completely undone during the next ride, possibly injuring the little girl
Lacing tie straps and billets properly is extremely important to us so we have diagrammed the proper methodology for this.
Please follow the correct procedure…your life could depend on it.
1) start with pointed tips cut on lace
2) go through bottom sets of holes, pull tightly, and hold leather together with your other hand while lacing
3) take both laces up and back through the single top hole, pull up tightly
4) at this point, some people will tell you to pass the loose ends down through the loop of lace between the bottom two holes – do not! This is very important not to lace this way. It will not stay tight and could cause the tie strap to slide off.
WRONG! – no matter how tightly this is pulled, it will come undone
5) pass each of the loose ends back through the bottom holes so that the ends are again on the rear side
HINT: use an ink pen or narrow Phillips head screw driver to push through the holes to move the lace over and slightly stretch open the holes
6) to lock in place using your pen or screwdriver lift each loop a little and pass the loose end under the loop crossing sides, pull up tightly and cut no shorter than ¾”
7) we like to hold something like a hammer head under the lacing and firmly tap the top lace with another hammer to lock the lacing in place