I just received your leathers and have installed one side of the sew-on handlebar leathers. It looks great! Unfortunately, it’s still a little too light coloured for my liking. Is there any way you would recommend for me to darken it? Are there any oils I can apply to the leather? Thanks in advance!! Regards, Lloyd You can darken our… Read More How to darken vegetable-tanned leather easily
Please explain how you tighten or lock the the initial stitch in the city grips. It seems in the YouTube instructional video the the first stitch still has thread hanging off by the time you finished with the surgeon’s knot. Thanks, Donald In the video, I use one needle, and one length of thread. This… Read More Tying off the sew-on bicycle city grips
I am about to install my bar wraps. (I just read the piece on your blog regarding the shrinkage issue one of your customers had. I will keep that in mind). The question I have is, when I get to the end of the either side of the handlebar with my sewing, I know I… Read More To tuck or not to tuck? How to finish your bar ends.
Infographic: How to choose leather bar wraps for your bicycle. Updated in 2019! … Read More How to Choose The Best Leather Bar Wraps for your Bike
An alert customer wrote to us after installing his sew-on bar wraps. After about a week or so of use, he noticed that the leather had shrunk back nearly 1/2″ from the indentation at the top of the bar. Here are his pictures: Although we have experienced some shrinkage before, usually it is forgivably slight,… Read More Tackling shrinkage on leather sew-on bar wrap installs