I was so excited that Velo-Orange had pre-cut leather with guide holes for toe-clip protectors...
The w0w had them until I touched them and they promptly disintegrated along with the white leather straps. I had never seen toe-clip protectors prior to owning this bike (I know, where have I been?) I don't know who you'd have to protect your toe-clips from but I figure the world has become an even scarier place in the past 30 years and who am I to judge who needs protection? Actually I'm suprised some agency hasn't mandated it.
They also sell MKS clips with the leather already sewn on (I'll get back to these)
I got the package from them two days after I ordered +1.
It came with everything that I needed to give my bike that bling that says "I love you."
4 pieces of leather
some waxy string
1 needle (just 1)
I was excited to get started, but my excitement was short lived. The needle broke as I threaded it through the first hole
Two weeks later:
I borrowed a hooked needle for sewing leather from my girlfriend. This one lasted through half of the first leg before it broke.
The last one I used was big enough that I was afraid was going to rip through the leather. It didn't though. So with the added help of a pair of pliers to pull the needle though and leather gloves (i only stabbed myself once) Here we are:
The curved needle broke at the beginning of the eye, the same as the first needle.
It's was really hard to get the stitching right but I figure that no one's going to spend too much time inspecting my sewing.
So it took me a little longer than expected, but they're done.
The difference between the leather by itself and the clips with the leather already attached: $15.00, the satisfaction of perservering through hardship and coming out with beautifully leather protected toe-clips: priceless.