Wrist and finger pain and numbness during cycling is real and can be a challenge for some cyclists. The intuitive solution would seem to be adding padding or cushioning to handlebars, but most bike experts agree that padding and cushioning handlebars is often not the only – or even a good – solution for the problem.

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If you’ve accidentally neglected vegetable-tanned leather or found a forgotten treasure in a thrift shop, we explain how to rejuvenate and rescue old, dry leather and moldy, mildewed leather.

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You may appreciate our leathercrafting approach here at Walnut Studiolo, but how can you tell if leather is good quality when you’re looking at it in a store or from a photograph online?

Can you tell what kind of leather it is, or if it’s recoverable when you’ve found a hidden gem at a thrift store?

In this post, we’ll discuss observable design details so you can make informed decisions about leather goods.

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More than once, we’ve been surprised to find how little information there is about leather – as broadly diverse a natural material as fabric or wood. We can’t wait to tell you more about it. What would you like to know?

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We use the same, high quality, vegetable-tanned leather that has always traditionally been used for equestrian sport, so it’s a natural outdoor material (saddles, reins, bridles, etc). Our American vegetable-tanned leather is infused with waxes in the tannery to stand up to horse sweat, mud, and rain – in other words, just like riding a bicycle!

We’ve expanded our Monogramming Program to give you more options for personalized initials and short messages on our gorgeous leather goods. Continue reading

We’re frequently asked about padding and cushioning options for our leather bicycle bar wraps and grips (more about that topic in this post). Here, we answer your questions and discuss each of our leather bar wraps, what kind of cushion they provide, and what kind of cushioning could be added. Updated 2019. 

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Here at Walnut Studiolo, we are dedicated to lasting quality – which can only come from a thoughtful hands-on process. Here’s why it matters.

Do you have any suggestions for thief-proofing my holster? I love it but living in a large city, things happen. Please let me know. Thank you!
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Customer Sandi Preston in Brooklyn, NY shared her tips for easily installing the Walnut Studiolo Bullwhip Leather Bar Wraps on her bicycle – and a few creative new ideas as well.  Continue reading