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July 25, 2012
by Erin B

So far this bike project has been paid for by the Nishiki. I stripped a bunch of parts of it and the proceeds from them and the bike sales have mostly funded the French bike and the parts.  I do hope someone buys my Brooks Saddle soon, but it will happen eventually.

In the mean time, the new brakes arrived.  I don’t feel comfortable doing my own brakes, so I took it in for that.  $15 installation fee.  Plus the cost of the brakes, the leather grips and shipping.  And while I was at it I ordered a cup holder too.  I have also found out that the 3 -5 days wait time for bike service drops to next day when you have a cool old bike and a vintage mechanic.

Pick the bike up and she rides so nicely.  Drive her home and add the grips.  I may not want to muck about with the business end of the brakes, but I can sew the grips on myself.

Step one:

Stick on the leather

Step to tie a knot in the center of the thread

Thread two needles, lacing these on is a little like lacing your shoes, you start at the top and lace both sides.

With the knot in the center thread one needle through the top on the grip and one through the bottom

There are perforations in the leather so that your stitches are even.  All you have to do is carefully tuck the cable under and sew the leather slowly, pulling it tight as you go.

Don’t rush, take your time.  Work your way around the corner.

When you get to the end, you need to knot the thread and loop the thread through the leather again then knot it one more time.

At the end, you need to apply proof hide.

It will cause a slight change the colour.  Here is an example of before and after.

Almost done, install cup holder

This is harder than it sounds because at this point your hands are greasy with proof hide.

Oh.  And the final step.  Take the glamour shot.

UPDATE:  The missing step:

Wear gloves, because it is hard on you hands

2 Comments leave one →
  1. LAT permalink
    July 25, 2012 11:52 pm

    That is one gorgeous bike.

    • Erin B permalink*
      July 26, 2012 7:02 am

      I have achieved bike stable equilibrium. I have the slow and steady upright, Claire, a fast agile bike, Nicole, and a soon to be cargo bike Mrs. Brown. It is interesting because it is like some one flicked a switch in my brain and I am no longer all that interested in snooping to see what other people have in the bike rack or stalking the bike section on Kijiji.

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