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.

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.
<p>I might have to try this on our BOB stroller.</p>
<p>would look cool on one of the wooden framed bikes. Good job</p>
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).<br><br>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.<br><br>
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.
<p>This is so cool, I'm gonna try this for sure x</p>
<p>These look awesome!</p>
<p>These look great and makes me want to start a new bicycle project!</p>

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