Finally. Almost. I do have to pick up a couple of buckles to polish this guy off – so I can attach the rear straps that hook him on to handlebars.
BUT. The big work is done – the measuring and cutting and hole-punching and stitching.
Made from the finest red latigo you ever [...]
Two things today. First off, here’s my piece on Hamilton’s vintage signs. Do have a look at the similar stories on all the other OpenFile city sites because there are interesting reads across the country. Or maybe I’m biassed by my love of old signs?
Secondly, one of the secret projects I was working on [...]
Last week, Jenna asked about leather hand grips for her freshly restored Raleigh.
I was more than happy to do it because this is something I’ve been meaning to get in the shop for a while now. It was good to have the request come in and push me to action.
Made with a [...]
A new handlebar bag. Same design as the last one only this guy is lined with elephant-gray leather.
Brass buckles. Hand-stitched.
A new handlebar bag – this one is smaller than the last one I did (7 x 5.5 inches) and made of a lightweight chrome-tanned leather instead of the super thick red latigo I used previously.
An antiqued brass swing lock. Brass roller buckles on the rear. Hand-stitched with waxed linen thread.
So simple, but soooooo awesome-looking. A hand-stitched leather guard. This keeps your paint job from getting scratched up when you lean/lock your ride.
Also makes things a little more grippy if you need to lift.
That’s tight! Now let’s hide the stitching…
Ahhhh, that’s more like it.
Is it just me, or does this [...]
Coincidence that on the same night I was busy planning a summer cycling trip (from Amsterdam to Jena, or Hamilton to Thunder Bay?), my randonee straps were featured on Etsy’s front page:
Along with a ton of other amazing bike-centric goods. I especially love the Bike Signal Shirt from Eloi Collective and the Porter Crate [...]
Downtown Bike Hounds opened in its new location (19 John Street North) yesterday and I must say, all bias aside, it looks amazing. If you spent any time in the old shop, you will be blown away by the amount of space and by the number of people able to stand inside at one time.
Saturday, what a day!
I finished cruiser kit version 2.0 and braved this morning’s icy cooooool conditions to get out there for some photos.
Similar to the roll-up except this one drapes over the crossbar. A brass snap at the rear keeps it anchored to your seatpost. Flip it the other way if you prefer [...]
Coming up – a kit made of gorgeous red latigo. This baby comes with all the tools you need to tend to a vintage cruiser.
Wrapped in a roll-up that closes conveniently around your crossbar in case you want to take it on the road. Also looks mighty fine just sitting on your workbench waiting [...]