Introduction: Bicycle Seat to Bull

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Wondering what to do with that dilapidated Brooks saddle you just can't throw away? Have some wall space that is in need of ornamentation?

With a handful of spare bike parts and about twenty minutes of time you can create a quirky "Bicycle Seat Bull". Shout out to Bike Works of Seattle, WA for originally showing me this nifty craft.

Step 1: Gather

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Below are suggested materials and tools. I'm sure that if you scrounge in your parts box you'll find many alternatives that will work just as well or better.

Parts
• Weathered leather saddle
• Bull horn handlebars
• Eye assembly (two of each)
- Post bolt from canti or V brakes
- Jockey wheel from derailleur
- Washer from caliper brake pad
- Acorn nut from caliper brake pad
• 2x large zip ties
• Electrical tape

Implements
• Scissors
• Pointy spoke 
• Leather punch
• Large hammer

Step 2: Tape

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Use the electrical tape to coat the top half of the seat and middle section of the handle bars. This provides a tacky interface so that the handlebars will not rotate unnecessarily when mounted.

Step 3: Zip

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Use zip ties to secure the handlebar to the saddle.

Step 4: Poke

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Arrange jockey wheels to desired location for the eyes. Grab that pokey spoke and make a small hole in the leather to mark where you need to gouge out room for the bolts.

Step 5: Punch

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With the large hammer and hollow punch, create two holes where the eyes will go. Alternatively, you may use a drill, however be very careful as the bit may catch the leather and ruin the saddle.

Step 6: Enlighten

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Screw on the eye components in the following order: bolt, jockey washer, jockey, saddle, washer, acorn bolt. You may need additional spaces depending on the thickness of the leather. Rinse and repeat on the oposite side. Unless of course you'd like it to be a one eyed bull, but then you'd need to find an eye patch.

Step 7: Marvel

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Ta da! All finished. Ready for the rodeo.

Comments

mdwittenberg (author)2012-09-02

Thanks jmchez. For anyone who is interested, here is a short, clickable link to the Wall Street Journal article they are referring to http://tinyurl.com/97ojxzc

naresh16 (author)2017-02-03

Great Design !

3366carlos (author)2013-02-17

I am a long horn freak. I gotta have one of these. I will look for a junk bike. Thanks.

ynze (author)2012-12-14

You made a nice bull. It would be even nicer when you have the courtesy to mention Picasso in your instructable's text, not just in the comments.

Nice job, btw. I've always wanted to make one, but never did.

thattori (author)2012-09-11

I like it!

Deer version may be possible.

Ysabeau (author)2012-09-07

Eh eh, I saw the one from Picasso.

iOskr (author)2012-09-03

Simple and funny... good work.

rimar2000 (author)2012-09-02

Ha ha ha! Very good work!!

jmchez (author)2012-09-02

You know, the real shout out should be to Pablo Picasso who first came up with this in 1942.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=picasso%20bicycle%20seat%20bull&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CDoQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052748703551304576261042931202326.html&ei=xs5DUOiYMpCP0QGNqIDoDA&usg=AFQjCNFD9E8Od4uTz7_ci6uysfkWwO3MZw

Kiteman (author)2012-09-02

Wow, that's really effective - good job!

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