Like most of my projects, in this one we can use mostly scrap materials. This keeps things out of landfill and as a bonus costs very little, other than some of your precious time and attention (and who would begrudge our hard working grips a good measure of that?!).
For this project we want:
- Some leather (see below);
- One or two old bicycle wheel spokes - if you don't have any crisped old wheels (how?) then keep a look out for someone else's overly buckled rubbish;
- Some handlebar lock rings - these are cheap and effective little things that keep your grips on tightly (more on this later).
We are also going to make/have/borrow a few simple hand tools:
- An inner hole punch (we make this);
- An outer hole punch (we make this as well);
- A spoke-sized hole punch (I had this already, a fairly cheap handy tool to own);
- A vice, powerful clamp, or press of some kind;
- A hacksaw, electric drill, centre punch, and some beefy wire cutters.
The leather, being the most significant material, can be obtained from all sorts of items people throw away (or of course you could buy some, but lets not go there for now). I actually picked my leather up for some other projects I was dreaming up, so had quite a lot. It came from a beaten up old leather sofa that was going on freecycle. You could equally find perfectly usable leather discarded in the form of belts, bags, jackets, skin tight trousers, cushions, strange pyjamas, etc.