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How To Move Leather Bar Wraps from Handlebar to Handlebar

Unlike most bar tape, you can re-stitch and re-wrap our “zero waste” veg-tan leather bar wraps for years to come.

Last year I bought a set of your sew on bar wraps, but now I want to switch brake levers. Can I “un-sew” the leather up to the brake clamp and get them “re-sewn” without destroying the leather?

– Mike W.

There are many reasons why one might want to un-install and re-install leather wraps: bicycle maintenance, switch out the handlebars or change bikes.

Keep the Leather Patina You’ve Earned

Unlike typical bar tapes, vegetable-tanned leather bar wraps earn a beautiful patina from the oils and sweats in your hands over miles over riding and actually improve with time and use. And you can keep that well-earned patina: our vegetable-tanned leather will last you a lifetime and can be removed and re-installed many times over.

Bicycle bar wraps don’t have to be a disposable, one-time-use product. Most bar tapes are made out of limited lifetime materials, like plasticky foam, bonded leather composite, or cork composite that disintegrate and look dirty with time and use.

Our master craftsman and fellow bicycle commuter Geoff Franklin was actually first inspired to make these leather bar wraps when he was poring over modern-day pictures of vintage European bicycles. In the images, he noticed all the leather accents that must have been nearly 100 years old still looked gorgeous — in some cases, in better shape than the bicycle itself!

How to Un-install and Re-install Leather Bar Wraps

These re-installation instructions apply to all of our vegetable-tanned leather handlebar wrap styles and the Portage Strap, a stitched-on leather shoulder cushion for the bicycle frame. Geoff has personally moved the same set of Sew-on Bar Wraps onto three different bars over a ten-year period.

The same instructions apply for non-traditional uses of our leather bar wraps too, such as for gym equipment, strollers, appliances, tool handles, or architectural applications.

Before You Get Started

To Un-install Wraps

To Re-install Wraps

Tips and Tricks

How did your re-installation go? We’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences!

City Grips Installation series by customer Tim Kau, circa 2012

About Walnut Studiolo’s Leather Bicycle Accessories

About Our Leather Bicycle Accessories

Our handcrafted leather bicycle accessories are the finest on the market.

  • As cyclists ourselves, we create completely original designs and make them ourselves in our Oregon workshop.
  • Often imitated but never equaled, we take no shortcuts in our production: every product we make is built to last, and made the “longhand” way.
  • We have a strong commitment to sustainability in both our products and operations.
  • Repairability is the new luxury.” Our unique hand-dyed American leather gets better with age, offering a warm and comfortable touch with strong, long-lasting durability.
  • Award-Winning Designs: We’ve been honored national and internationally by renowned design arbiters and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art NYC (MoMA), Kickstarter, German Design Council, and more.

About Walnut Studiolo

Walnut Studiolo crafts original modern designs by hand in our Oregon workshop using only natural materials. We are a family-run company located on the North Oregon Coast. Learn more about us on our website:

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