Picture of DIY Leather Wrapped Bar
I recently got the commuter cycling bug and started commuting the 10 mile round trip (scenic route) while in school in Nashville. I made a list if all the things I saw on the Internet I wanted on my bike and then went to work on finding DIY for them. My personal challenge is to keep the cost at under a tenth of the retail version. First thing on my list: leather braided handlebar wraps. On a very popular site for french commuters these are $136! Hmm... $13 seems impossible. I got close, but the cost of tools took me over budget. If I can sell the extras, I'll be under.

Anyway, here's my new grips and how I pulled this off. Keep watching, I've got a long list of upgrades coming...

Step 1: Leather for the cheap.

Picture of Leather for the cheap.
I started with this mix of leather bought at Michael's for $8. Using the 40% coupon on the site and all of this was in one bag & cost under $5! I was able to cut 7 straps from this one bag.
kcrr2w.10 months ago

I might have to try this on our BOB stroller.

would look cool on one of the wooden framed bikes. Good job

Finish wrap: Hemp twine whipping is traditional for cotton bar tape, it should work well on leather. I found hemp twine at JoAnn craft/fabric store, Micheals may have it (Micheals near me closed).

If you google, you can find a tutorial on how to do the whipping with both ends neatly tucked under. Shellac over the twine gives a wear and weather resistant finish.

Thanks, I'm not minding the black electrical tape much it's what I've always use to finish the ends of my cork tape.
Snotflower1 year ago

This is so cool, I'm gonna try this for sure x

These look awesome!

mdamaso1 year ago

These look great and makes me want to start a new bicycle project!