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Old 05-21-05, 06:21 PM   #1
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just what exactly is covering them? lace-up grips of some sort. bloody fantastic, anyhow. i really must have a pair.

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Old 05-21-05, 06:32 PM   #2
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Holy crap, a matching saddle and bag too! That's pretty neat, but it looks awfully thin and non-functional. Sorry I have no real information to share.
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Old 05-21-05, 06:49 PM   #3
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Sorry I have no real information to share.
oh, that's quite alright. i figure 95% of the replies to this thread will be comprised mostly of swooning- and with good right, i'm sure. there's something about it's refined, elegant, and otherwise classic styling, isn't there?
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no image. that geocities site exceeded their bandwidth quota.
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no image. that geocities site exceeded their bandwidth quota.
Hmmm...well, lucky me!
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thank you for bringing that to my attention.
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ahh, i see now. I've seen old cinelli bars laced up like that (sewn grips).
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Old 05-21-05, 07:28 PM   #9
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That thing looks like it needs buckskin fringe. Not for me, thanks.
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The modern crankset and front hub totally ruin the classic looks...
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*ahem* neoclassic, i say.
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That's a really nice bike. The grips are probably leather. I've seen that before on old bikes, stitched leather. Looks good with a Brooks saddle.
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i don't know. i ride a brooks, but that would be too much leather- a bit on the davey crockett tip. you'd need a coonskin cap to match.
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I like that bike, but the rear brake has to go, thatís like putting a roof rack on a Ferrari.
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Rhode Gear marketed leather HB covering that you put on using a baseball stitch. I had them on a Lotus Legend one of the many fine Japanese bikes of the early eighties. Any leather shop can make some for you as well as supply the lacing. If you are handy and crafty you can trim and punch you own and stitch em' on. The trick part is cutting and shaping around the levers. It give a bike a distinctive look. A friend of mine had me ressurect his PROTEUS (College Park MD.) a number of years ago from the ground up including a two tone Imron paint job. He made and put on leather wrap. It was real classy.
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they're leather lace-ons, and if i wasn't toatlly fried from judah's race i might be able to remember where to got some.
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judah's SF alleycat? who's got the pics?
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Just some old school leather lace ups. They look nice but most NOS or new ones aregonna feel thin if you're accustomed to cork or some new gels or something. They do always look better than wraps though. I've done my own on occasion but it's more a sew up than a lace up when I do it. If you want that look but want a better padding just go to a leather shop and find yourself some thicker stuff, buy the needle & thread there too. Use gut or some similar stuff if they don't have real heavy thread, n69 will work but get it heavier if possible. If you cut it just shy of the bar diameter, wet it and then sew it on as tight as you can it'll feel like it grew out of the steel the next day or whenever it's completely dried. About the same cost as a new wrap too just a lil bit more time investment.
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Here's a picture of some Colnago bars with similar treatment:

http://www.zweknu.org/uploads/colnago-1024-0002.jpg

(Well the bike's Colnago, I expect the bars would be Cinelli.)
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it probably involves putting them on and stitching them while the leather's wet, and then as it dries, it shrinks to the shape of the bars.

go down to haberdashery, get some leather offcuts and try it on some copper piping or something. [remember to get a big-arse needle and thimble though]

infact, i think i might try that next time i want to wrap some bars.

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Cinelli used them alot on special show bikes. it like cutting a tubie when it is time to cut them off.

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I made some leather grips for some cruiser bars on a mixte once, doubling the leather over, and they were pretty comfy. I used a hole punch instead of a needle though - much easier. The only squirrelly part was finishing the stitching at the ends, but I'd used leather boot laces so I just tied them and left them long.
They weren't the most polished things I've ever seen but they did look pretty darn good.
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