Bike crafting link love: leather edition

Unless you live in the Northwest, you might be wondering where I’ve wandered off to lately. If you live in the Northwest, however, you probably don’t care. You haven’t checked my blog in weeks because you, like me, are outside enjoying our brief window of summer.

Needless to say, I haven’t been wasting precious Vitamin D cooped up inside my sewing studio or blogging. But I was inspired by my little foray into leathercraft last week, and started nosing around the Interwebs for some project inspiration.

Part of my interest stems from my desire to do a full overhaul on my Kona, to turn it from a scrappy sticker-covered bike to something with a bit more style and class. It’ll involve repainting my frame, so if anyone has any thoughts to share on that subject, I’m all ears.

I have a thrifted black suede duster hanging in my closet, just waiting to be turned into bike accessories. There’s enough material there to make a few items—maybe a top tube cover, a saddlebag, a handlebar bag, grips…. Don’t worry: the transformation will be fully documented.


This very cool handlebar bag was designed for a motorcycle, but I think it would work very well on a bicycle. I don’t think the suede I have on hand would have enough stiffness to make such a structured bag, but it’s excellent inspiration.


Here’s a cool personalized touch from The Velo Hobo: an engraved leather head badge.


From Chic Cyclist: personalized leather mudguards will be quite nice once the weather starts to turn back toward rain and mud.


Make your own leather saddle by reupholstering an old saddle with scrap leather. Be sure to scroll down the page to see other people’s examples, including a fun denim one made from a pair of old jeans.


That’s all for now. Enjoy the sunshine, folks!

3 thoughts on “Bike crafting link love: leather edition

  1. Good luck with the leather crafty bike project. I look forward to seeing what you do! I’ve also rehabed an old set of Berthoud mudflaps with a Celtic knot design. That was a fun project and they attract some attention from other riders. Leather craft is fun, if you’re into creating art out of the flesh of dead critters. Luckly I’m into that sort of macabre thing.

    Cool blog, Jack

  2. I had my everyday ride powdercoated a couple of years ago, and the finish has been pretty durable so far. It does get abraded, but the finish doesn’t chip and expose the metal like paint does.

    I made some skirt guards a couple of years ago out of very very stiff leather, but the clearances were so tight that I ultimately abandoned them.

    • I was thinking powder coating might be the way to go, but I want to paint a design on it, as well. Rob suggested having a clear finish put on after I’m done, which might be smart given how rough I can be on my poor bike.

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