Bicycle Seat to Bull

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Intro: Bicycle Seat to Bull

Wondering what to do with that dilapidated Brooks saddle you just can't throw away? Have some wall space that is in need of ornamentation?

With a handful of spare bike parts and about twenty minutes of time you can create a quirky "Bicycle Seat Bull". Shout out to Bike Works of Seattle, WA for originally showing me this nifty craft.

Step 1: Gather

Below are suggested materials and tools. I'm sure that if you scrounge in your parts box you'll find many alternatives that will work just as well or better.

Parts
• Weathered leather saddle
• Bull horn handlebars
• Eye assembly (two of each)
- Post bolt from canti or V brakes
- Jockey wheel from derailleur
- Washer from caliper brake pad
- Acorn nut from caliper brake pad
• 2x large zip ties
• Electrical tape

Implements
• Scissors
• Pointy spoke 
• Leather punch
• Large hammer

Step 2: Tape

Use the electrical tape to coat the top half of the seat and middle section of the handle bars. This provides a tacky interface so that the handlebars will not rotate unnecessarily when mounted.

Step 3: Zip

Use zip ties to secure the handlebar to the saddle.

Step 4: Poke

Arrange jockey wheels to desired location for the eyes. Grab that pokey spoke and make a small hole in the leather to mark where you need to gouge out room for the bolts.

Step 5: Punch

With the large hammer and hollow punch, create two holes where the eyes will go. Alternatively, you may use a drill, however be very careful as the bit may catch the leather and ruin the saddle.

Step 6: Enlighten

Screw on the eye components in the following order: bolt, jockey washer, jockey, saddle, washer, acorn bolt. You may need additional spaces depending on the thickness of the leather. Rinse and repeat on the oposite side. Unless of course you'd like it to be a one eyed bull, but then you'd need to find an eye patch.

Step 7: Marvel

Ta da! All finished. Ready for the rodeo.

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    10 Discussions

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    naresh16

    1 year ago

    Great Design !

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    3366carlos

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I am a long horn freak. I gotta have one of these. I will look for a junk bike. Thanks.

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    ynze

    5 years ago on Introduction

    You made a nice bull. It would be even nicer when you have the courtesy to mention Picasso in your instructable's text, not just in the comments.

    Nice job, btw. I've always wanted to make one, but never did.

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    jmchez

    6 years ago on Introduction

    You know, the real shout out should be to Pablo Picasso who first came up with this in 1942.

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=picasso%20bicycle%20seat%20bull&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CDoQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052748703551304576261042931202326.html&ei=xs5DUOiYMpCP0QGNqIDoDA&usg=AFQjCNFD9E8Od4uTz7_ci6uysfkWwO3MZw