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Leather Grips to Match Brooks Antique Brown

Old 03-08-10, 10:25 PM
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Leather Grips to Match Brooks Antique Brown

I'm having no luck finding some leather grips to match my Brooks antique brown saddle. Anyone have any suggestions?
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VO claims their brown stitch-on elkhide grips are close to Brooks' brown.
https://www.velo-orange.com/elsebarco.html
They say the same about their tape.
https://www.velo-orange.com/volebartape.html
Otherwise, Brooks themselves have their own expensive brown tape.
https://www.brookssaddles.com/en/Shop...ather+Bar+Tape
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Old 03-09-10, 06:41 AM
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I haven't found leather, except for the overpriced brooks grips so I stained cork grips to match with wood stain. I used mahogany, then walnut and then clear shellac.

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if you could find raw leather tape, you could always stain it yourself. of course, the factory option is cheaper.
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Sogreni makes a perfect match: https://www.flickr.com/photos/4734665...7623400591462/
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Looks like most posters do not know that Brooks antique isdifferent from Brooks dark brown. Not sure, maybe the stained cork grips is your best option? Or e-mail Brooks?
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Old 03-09-10, 11:17 AM
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https://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/h...bar-grips.html

the perfect match would be Brooks handlebar grips in antique brown. Harris sells them
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Originally Posted by badmother View Post
Looks like most posters do not know that Brooks antique isdifferent from Brooks dark brown. Not sure, maybe the stained cork grips is your best option? Or e-mail Brooks?
??? The saddle on the Twenty is Antique Brown.
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Old 03-09-10, 11:29 AM
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Nobody ever calls me a cheapskate, but $100 for those Brooks grips is way more than I'm willing to pay. I think they're ugly.
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
Nobody ever calls me a cheapskate, but $100 for those Brooks grips is way more than I'm willing to pay. I think they're ugly.

I hear you, and agree on both counts, but they are the "perfect match" the OP wanted. How can you get more perfect than brooks grips in the same antique brown.
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Grand Bois your Mixte is the picture of refinement...soo cool lookin.

I've got the VO Elkhide thats supposed to match brooks Honey (bought the saddle and the Elkhide at the same time last year) and to be perfectly honest it doesn't match all that well (proofide on both helped a little), but it does look very cool in its own right and I couldn't imagine anything with a nicer feel to it.
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Originally Posted by devinfan View Post
??? The saddle on the Twenty is Antique Brown.
https://www.brookssaddles.com/en/Shop...&prod=B17+Aged
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I don't like the Brooks grips at all and I can't find a pic of them "broken in" to see if I would like them with time. The cork idea sounds like my best bet since the Sorgreni are not easy to find in the USA. My dutch coworker just walked by as I was typing this and I hollered to see when he's going home for a visit..not this year unfortunately. I've also thought about getting the brown VO Elkhide and making grips from that.

I'm refurbing an old Nishiki Mixte. She's gonna be a beauty!

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Grand Bois your Mixte is the picture of refinement...soo cool lookin.

I've got the VO Elkhide thats supposed to match brooks Honey (bought the saddle and the Elkhide at the same time last year) and to be perfectly honest it doesn't match all that well (proofide on both helped a little), but it does look very cool in its own right and I couldn't imagine anything with a nicer feel to it.
I have the VO Elkhide and honey Brooks on my commuter and I've found that several coats of leather treatment are the key. It does lighten over time but a quick touch up is all it takes to get the darker color back.

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The color of the aged B17 is not the same as antique brown. The B18 on my wife's mixte above is antique brown.
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Old 03-09-10, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by devinfan View Post
Where can I get those?

Never mind. I found the site. Now I have to figure out what DKK 299 is in US dollars.

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Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
The color of the aged B17 is not the same as antique brown. The B18 on my wife's mixte above is antique brown.
If you say so. Newer heard or seen any other name than brown or dark brown on that colour.

DKK 299 is close to 30
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Originally Posted by badmother View Post
If you say so. Newer heard or seen any other name than brown or dark brown on that colour.

DKK 299 is close to 30
I say so.

https://www.wallbike.com/brooks/preaged.html

https://www.wallbike.com/b18.html
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I also found the Dapper Dan grips from Portland Design Works however they might be a bit too dark.

https://www.ridepdw.com/goods/grips/d...dan-ergo-grips

And...because I'm completely indecisive, I might go with the b66 rather than the b18 which is the normal brown. Must. make. up. mind!
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Grand Bois - Where is the rack from on this bike? Thanks!

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I haven't found leather, except for the overpriced brooks grips so I stained cork grips to match with wood stain. I used mahogany, then walnut and then clear shellac.

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Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
I haven't found leather, except for the overpriced brooks grips so I stained cork grips to match with wood stain. I used mahogany, then walnut and then clear shellac.

I'm sorry but I've never really met a mixte I truly wanted...until now. Wow. That's a tasteful build and what a nice palette of colours
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Originally Posted by ummbnb View Post
Grand Bois - Where is the rack from on this bike? Thanks!
Looks like an early Blackburn - when they still stamped "Jim Blackburn" into them.
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That is correct.
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Cardiff (Merry Sales) is making a nice looking bolt on grip for $30. I don't know if they match exactly, but they look close enough that I ordered some for the mixte I am rebuilding. I will post photos when I get them in. This photo is from the Soma website.
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Holy Hipsterriffic!

Deep V wood-look rims!

That guy should technically be holding a cup of free-trade coffee.

My recent experience with a new Cardiff saddle was pretty disappointing, the leather looked nice enough but got really soft within days. Although that might be a good thing for Hand Grips.
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Originally Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox View Post
Holy Hipsterriffic!

Deep V wood-look rims!

That guy should technically be holding a cup of free-trade coffee.

My recent experience with a new Cardiff saddle was pretty disappointing, the leather looked nice enough but got really soft within days. Although that might be a good thing for Hand Grips.
Yeah, you cant tell if it's a bicycle or Starbucks ad!

I'll post my comments after I get them, they are supposed to ship out on Monday.
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