Re: [CR]Leather Hbar Wrap - How to Install?

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Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 19:28:34 -0800
From: Brian Baylis <>
To: Eric Elman <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Leather Hbar Wrap - How to Install?
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Thar sounds like the Rhode Gear stuff. Cool. Here's what I suggest. Go to your local leather store or saddle shop and by heavy black linin thread and a small cake of bees wax. Buy two or three leather stitching needles, two are used at once. Coat the bars with a thin layer of contact cement and let it tack up. When the cememt is dry (20-30min) immerse the leather strip (one side at a time ) into a pan of very hot water. Wrap the leather around the bar with the seam facing forward and begin the stitching at the end near the stem. Brake levers only need the mounting hardware in place. As you start the sticth begin just like lacing a shoe with a needle near each end of the thread. Stretch the leather together as you go along. Aim the stiching towards the center as you approach the brake lever mounts and part the leather around it taking up on the other side. Pretty easy really. I've only done it twice but this has worked for me. I'm sure others may be abel to refine the instructions. Good luck!

Brian Baylis La Mesa, CA
> I did some digging in my LBS and found two pieces of black leather handlebar
> wrap. Thickish leather with holes punched down the length of both sides.
> Nothing else though, no package, instructions, thread, etc.
> I've never installed a set before and other than pictures don't ever recall
> seeing a set installed on a bike in person.
> How do I go about installing them especially around the brake, where should
> the seam go, pattern to stiching, etc. and what else do I need such as type
> of thread, needle, etc.
> Thanks in advance for any help,


> Eric Elman

> Somers, CT