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Old 09-10-20, 05:35 PM
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DIY Cork Grips!

Not sure if this is the right place for this thread, but I made myself some cork grips for my 1981 Miyata Commuter. I was just kind of wingin' it and think they came out pretty nice! Thought I'd share in case anyone else wanted to do something like this. I looked around and didn't see any info about doing this. Thanks!


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Damn, that's cool. Great work. I like the bike too! One of my fly fishing rods has a really nice grip on it, nice cork grips feel great.
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Ha! I thought I recognized your voice & delivery from your woodwork videos. Nice, & welcome to Bike Forums. I just watched the curved store shelves I think last night.

Surprised they weren't made from MDF.

Trader Joe's organic wine (4 buck chuck) has corks that make great bar end plugs. Also make good feet for cutting boards, etc.
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Shimano hub

You mention on your video that you couldn't find anything on youtube for the Shimano 3 speed hub...search under the following.


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[QUOTE=mr3speed;21688013]Not sure if this is the right place for this thread, but I made myself some cork grips for my 1981 Miyata Commuter. I was just kind of wingin' it and think they came out pretty nice! Thought I'd share in case anyone else wanted to do something like this. I looked around and didn't see any info about doing this. Thanks!
/QUOTE]

Nicely done. I used shellac on my cork grips and it worked nicely. I did it in 2009 and it is still holding up. I will say though this bike hasn't see a lot of use since 2011 when I bought my Surly, but it was ridden a lot before that. I used an amber color since I thought it would look good on the natural color cork, and I like the outcome. It did darken the darker cork bar tape though. I believe the cork tape was black to begin with.





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Originally Posted by xlbs View Post
You mention on your video that you couldn't find anything on youtube for the Shimano 3 speed hub...search under the following.

How To Overhaul Shimano 333 FA 3-Speed Hub

Thanks, I meant that it's nearly impossible to find videos about Japanese 3 speed bikes. If you went to youtube and typed in 3 speed bike, all the videos are about Raleighs or Schwinns. Also, I've never seen a 3 speed made with a frame this nice OR 27" wheels.
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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
Ha! I thought I recognized your voice & delivery from your woodwork videos. Nice, & welcome to Bike Forums. I just watched the curved store shelves I think last night.

Surprised they weren't made from MDF.

Trader Joe's organic wine (4 buck chuck) has corks that make great bar end plugs. Also make good feet for cutting boards, etc.
I'm sorry but you lost me.

Who is it that you think I sound like?
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[QUOTE=phughes;21689066]
Originally Posted by mr3speed View Post
Not sure if this is the right place for this thread, but I made myself some cork grips for my 1981 Miyata Commuter. I was just kind of wingin' it and think they came out pretty nice! Thought I'd share in case anyone else wanted to do something like this. I looked around and didn't see any info about doing this. Thanks!
/QUOTE]

Nicely done. I used shellac on my cork grips and it worked nicely. I did it in 2009 and it is still holding up. I will say though this bike hasn't see a lot of use since 2011 when I bought my Surly, but it was ridden a lot before that. I used an amber color since I thought it would look good on the natural color cork, and I like the outcome. It did darken the darker cork bar tape though. I believe the cork tape was black to begin with.





That looks awesome! I thought they were wooden grips for a second
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[QUOTE=mr3speed;21689502]
Originally Posted by phughes View Post
That looks awesome! I thought they were wooden grips for a second
Thanks! They are also quite comfortable.

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I'm sorry but you lost me.

Who is it that you think I sound like?

Oh, my mistake. You sound just like this guy, and some of his videos were right there in the youtube sidebar.

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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
Oh, my mistake. You sound just like this guy, and some of his videos were right there in the youtube sidebar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZQ9qOduSs8
HAHA, I wish my videos were produced that well and my channel was as popular. Maybe some day
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Originally Posted by mr3speed View Post
Not sure if this is the right place for this thread, but I made myself some cork grips for my 1981 Miyata Commuter. I was just kind of wingin' it and think they came out pretty nice! Thought I'd share in case anyone else wanted to do something like this. I looked around and didn't see any info about doing this. Thanks!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn7AM5t8Bt0
Very cool bike and good work on the grips!
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