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Step 3: The grips

I have chosen to make my grips myself from several layers of leather to have something special the advantage is that it impossible to take the grips off.
1. Measure the dimensions your pieces will nee to be ( you best measure every layer apart  because every layer will become bigger.
2. Sew the peaces together (yes by hand) with a thick needle and hight quality wire ( don't pull too hard because leather can rip.
3. measure and sew the sides of the grips ( it gives it i finishing look)

I used a  some material so the grips won't move, a lear of thick, soft leather for the centre  and a smooth hard leather for the outside that will fit the colour of leather of the rest of the bike.
It is normal that it takes a long time to do these grips it took me 12 hours for the both of them!

The pictures gives u an idea of the result  the kind of stitch pattern is of course to your own liking.

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<p>How long do you suggest letting it dry between coats of the same color, and coats of different colors?</p>
Depends on kind of paint, humidity and temperature so I can't really put a exact time on it.<br>And I'm not an expert on the matter but i once heard that the best time to put on a second coat on is when the first coat isn't fully hardened so both of the layers are a little bit &quot;fused&quot; together.<br>It makes a better bonding of the paint layers
<p>Well done! Looks awesome. I agree on the paint comment, I bought some cheap spray paint to do a couple of small jobs and it was a waste of money. Now I understand why some paints are more expensive.</p>
Wow, that is a beautiful bike sir! Amazing piece of work!
<p>This is for nice to know since my bike is getting very old and needs a paint job.</p>
<p>A thing of beauty, a work of art. Though I'm more of a &quot;transportation-appliance&quot; kind of guy with regard to bikes and cars, I'm glad there are others out there who take the time and make the effort to add some beauty to the world.</p>
<p>thanks</p>
Simply gorgeous. :)Thanks for sharing this.
Those pedals are awesome, where did you get them? And what is the name/ brand?
Found the product code it's VP-610 . <br>Link: <br>http://www.vpcomponents.com/newen/product_detail.php?id=71
I found those pedals at a local bicycle shop and modified them (removed the reflectors and the rubber that was between them because it was ugly like that) <br>They are made by a company called VP. <br>If you google &quot;vp pedal tour grip&quot; in images then you can see how they look originally (the first picture)
Those grips are fantastic- I think you could make a good Instructable about those on their own, going into more detail about the types of leather, how to sew them and so on. Do they stand up to a lot of usage?<br> <br> I think here in rainy Britain they'd be somewhat wasted, but I love the idea :)
It's hard to explain how i sewed it, I just tried something and it came out really nice maybe i will try to make an instructable about it. <br>I really don't know much about leather the only thing that i know is that the leather i used is from a cow. <br>I just bought a suitcase full of leather on a flee marked (20 euro for allot and all kind of types) <br>The grips stay good for a very long time as long as you keep them dry or grease them allot, but they do change colour over time because of the grease of your hands (it gives it a charm). <br>In general it's not such a good idea to go driving in the rain with the bicycle i made (it's doesn't come out much here also, i live in belgium) <br>This is my show bike for nice sunny days i've got 3 others for normal use.
Beautiful, i love this bike. Great work.
Thanks
I really like this bike.
Thanks <br>
Those grips are fantastic- I think you could make a good Instructable about those on their own, going into more detail about the types of leather, how to sew them and so on. Do they stand up to a lot of usage?<br> <br> I think here in rainy Britain they'd be somewhat wasted, but I love the idea :)

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