Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Scary Face Dude





AKA "The Horned One". Custom recover on a worn out and damaged Turbo for Dan of Collingwood. Dan provided the artwork and I provided the material (100% kangaroo leather) and the technique (raised emboss).

Northside CX Swift





Another swift Fizik Arione for Northside Wheelers: CX model: Black kangaroo leather.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Leather Treatment





Dan's heavy old beast (not sure what it is) with old school flip flop system and steel everything came in for some Busyman leather treatment. The Australian Bell saddle had seen better days, the leather had become so rigid that it had torn through releasing some of the rivets. So I've done what I could to restore it with moulded leather reinforcement glued underneath, heavy duty stitching around the tears and a new set of copper rivets. We decided to lace the skirt of the saddle in order to restore it to something more like the original shape and it's been well and truly moisturised with Proofide, olive oil and Gilles Berthoud's "Special Grease for Leather Saddles?".

And the bars were treated to some wrapping in 2mm vegetable tanned cow hide, moulded and stitched on. This should now age and patina very gracefully taking on a tan from the sunlight, dirt and oils form everyday use. And a little bit of hidden branding too.....

Sunday, January 22, 2012

More Fluoro




And this fluoro highlighted tape for this Parlee at The Cycling Edge.


Fluoro Kangaroo





The fluoro orange kangaroo skin was a great find. This SLR Classic Gel Flow features ordered perforations backed with a bright blue. A belated addition for this Parlee at Cycling Edge.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Kumo Cycles' Rolling Clouds





I just sent this Selle San Marco Rolls recovery off to Keith at Kumo Cycles. The motif is adapted from his head badge cloud with my decorative perforated contribution. The shape of the cloud has worked out really well with the shape of the saddle, overall I'm really pleased with the sharp graphic quality of the outcome. It will be adoring this frame in the near future.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Cars and Saddles II: Joachims Photos




Busyman underside detail

Bonus matching bill-fold wallet


Golden Honey



Perforated and backed with white leather
A set of fancy perforated toe straps and matching bar tape for Mark at Ventus Custom Cycles. Custom dyed to match a Brooks honey saddle, hand skived, perforated and stitched. Maybe we'll see this at NHABS 2012.


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Look! Busyman Tape!





Look, today the stars aligned and we finally had a chance to wrap Chris' new bar tape.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Neil Fizik Aliante: Subtle

Very subtle needle perforations

Happy birthday to Neil

Going on his really nice new Cherubim frame.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Red Backed, Red Stitched





Custom bar tape for Chris. Just waiting for a convenient time to wrap his bars. Skived edges for smooth wrapping transition, red stitching for detail, perforations for grip with red backing for both detail and extra cushion.

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