The mini saddle bag is reversible with a debossed skull motif on the other side and options of a black or white fastening strap. I haven't done a skull for a while, maybe it's time for a revival. The 'chop' monogram was designed by Firefly for D. Li's other bike and now he's dreaming up his next project.
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Even though I asked Geoff to organise the laser cutting of the lettering, too many curves and too small for me and my scalpel. The original leather was worn through in places, the foam starting to wear away
and dried up mud and grit all over the place including under the leather. Should get a few more years riding out of this kangaroo skin. Check out Geoff's handmade bike frames here.
Posted by Busyman at 07:05
Saturday, 25 August 2012
The third of a trilogy of saddles for Firefly Bicycles. A new Selle Italia Flite Gel Flow recovered in black kangaroo with silver backed perforations on the seat section. I re-engineered the cutting pattern so as to eliminate the centre panel through the nose section and to simplify the back with a more refined and minimal centre back panel. I like this one too! Very happy with the outcome.
Posted by Busyman at 08:30
At relatively short notice I pulled together this set of bar tape and saddle recover for Todd's latest Baum project. The bike was inspired by and built around a set of limited edition Lightweight wheels. Head over to Cycling Tips to see the bike and read Todd's story. With the tight deadline unfortunately the saddle and tape hasn't been photographed on the bike yet.
Posted by Busyman at 07:57
Sunday, 19 August 2012
The Adamo saddle range looks different from what we're used to in a bicycle saddle. Feride reckons than on the correct angle and with maybe a few extra bits around the nose it looks like the face of the Ood - one of the Dr Who alien species.
This one is a first for Busyman and as with all firsts a new and fun challenge. Pictured here with matching #5 handlebar tape.
Posted by Busyman at 09:08
Some plain bar tape I recently sent to Jim in the USA. It's made from veggie tanned cow hide, skived by hand to thin the edges and dyed to the antique brown shade. Each roll is 3m in length and has one join. There is a second narrower layer of softer leather as a backing which gives a little more bulk and some cushion to the wrapped bar.
Posted by Busyman at 08:48
Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Monday, 13 August 2012
Sunday, 5 August 2012
My first recovery on one of these, A small challenge to get the pattern right for the panelled pieces to fit the saddle form. The shape is very three dimensional and to get it right is quietly satisfying. Super happy with the outcome which is heading to Utah for Scott's Speedvagen build.
Matching tape of course.
Posted by Busyman at 16:50
This group is for Declan's Baum for which the paint scheme was inspired by the signature multi-coloured stripes of Paul Smith. We extracted a few of these colours to highlight the perforations and stitching detail. Declan decided on a saddle recover as well as the new tape.
Posted by Busyman at 16:41
Unfortunately I did not manage to get any great shots of this Peugeot saddle restoration. Done for Ian's new Peugeot folding bike restoration. We opted to place two Peugeot lion motifs facing each other like a couple of gargoyles. Black kangaroo, some new padding, copper rivets, nicer than new I reckon.
Posted by Busyman at 12:09
Contrary to what some may imagine life is pretty good with some slightly raised text on the seat of your saddle. No you really don't feel it and no it doesn't cause any discomfort or pain. This Rolls recovered for Kristal in dark brown kangaroo. Notice the disc which is a subtle full moon motif. Full Moon???
Posted by Busyman at 12:06