23 Jul '14, 11pm

How $30 of leather and some effort ended up on my bike (or how i saved $120, learned something and made a valet)

How $30 of leather and some effort ended up on my bike (or how i saved $120, learned something and made a valet)

This starts with wanting some fancy grips for my new handlebars for my new runabout bike. I really like the look of the Brooks plump handlebar grips, the problem is they are very expensive–about $150 plus tax if I were to get them locally. That would be more than my bike is worth and just wasn't in the budget for a basic runabout. So it was off to Google to see if I could do it yourself and make my own grips. I found a good starting point at instructables.com (sorry I can't find the link anymore), but that guy had used the leather off of some junky chair he found in a dumpster. Frankly that was a little too cheap for me. All I could imagine was if bedbugs could infest my bike. Essentially the Brooks style grips are a series of leather washers that are stacked.This is a view of the nearly finished result and you can see how the pieces of leather are 'stacked' one on top of ...

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