Step 1: Parts Needed
1 Used Leather Belt or Strap
1 Steel handlebars (the older the better)
10-32x2 Round Slotted Brass Machine bolts (2)
#10 Brass Finish Washers (4)
10-32 Lock Nuts (2)
Brass drywall screws (2)
Step 2: Tools Needed
7/32" Titanium Drill Bit,
Dremel cutting tool (or hacksaw),
Step 3: Preparing the Parts
Next make sure that the handlebars are clean, if they are stainless steel they will shine up nicely with some 0000 steel wool. Once shiny you can clear coat them to prevent oxidizing.
Step 4: Drilling the Handlebars
2) Make a mark on the top of the handlebar tube on each side.
3) Using a center punch, provide a starting point for your drill on both sides of the handlebar. Without a starting point the drill will naturally want to roll as it drills. If you don't have a center punch just start drilling slowly.
4) Drill all the way through the top of the handlebar and ensuring that the drill is level, continue drilling through the bottom portion of the tube. You should be able to see straight through the hole when done.
5) Repeat for the other side.
Step 5: Drilling the Belt
Measuring from one end of the belt drill holes at 3/4" from the end and 2 3/8" from the end of the belt. This will vary depending on the diameter of the handlebars. To be sure drill your first hole and then wrap the belt around the bar to see where the 2nd hole will line up.
Step 6: Assembly
1) Assemble the finish washer and bolt.
2) With the handlebar ends facing you and pointed up to the ceiling take the drilled end of the belt and wrap it around the bars. Hole #1 should be wrapped around to the top of the bar and hole #2 should be over the bottom hole on the handlebars.
3) Using a hammer (if necessary) drive the bolt up through both layers of belt and the handlebars from the bottom up.
4) Once through add another finish washer and then the lock nut and tighten.
5) Use Dremel or hacksaw to remove the remaining section of bolt.
6) Repeat for other side.
Step 7: Hanging
Measure the distance from center to center on your two hanging leather straps. Put your remaining screws through the finish washer and into the wall.
Step 8: Enjoy!
This project cost me a total of $27 for two of them, but I was able to get the handlebars cheap at a used bike shop.