Sunday, May 20, 2007
Dressin' Up With Old Leather
I've been thinking about a few ways to dress up my bike with some old leather salvaged from a crappy leather jacket from the Goodwill. Here is project number 1. Leather toe clip covers. Some of my shoes have holes in the toes from rubbing against the metal clips. I cut pieces from the jacket that are 1" by 3" and sewed them onto an old pair of Christophe toe clips with some dental floss. Dental floss is good because its nylon, waxed and strong, and minty fresh to boot. I used a whip stitch but this could also be done with a running stitch.
Other leather project ideas I want to experiment with are sew-up handlebar wraps, chainstay guards, fender mud flaps, top tube protectors. Old leather jackets are easy to find and cheap. Check the leather though to make sure its not too old by tugging on a section of it. Sometimes old leather tears like a piece of paper.