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leather tape, brown leather saddle(11 posts)

leather tape, brown leather saddlezeke
Jul 17, 2002 4:26 AM
I've got an ultegra based ti roadbike which I would like to convert to a more classic style. I like the ti-brown leather combination look.
I like the look of the Brook's saddle of course, but the light ones seem too uncomfortable. I am looking for a saddle flatter than the Brook's, but in brown leather. To top it off, I am also looking for brown leather handlebar tape. I am not even sure it exists, but I remember reading somewhere that a French maker supplies leather handlebar tape.

So, brown non-Brooks leather saddle, and brown leather handlebar tape. Any suggestions????
What about the levers!!!jose_Tex_mex
Jul 17, 2002 4:33 AM
Definitely get the old school levers with the cables coming out of the top. Better yet, see if you can get that extra handle for braking when you are on the top of the bars...

Also cool: the older rims with those huge hubs, shifters on the handlebars, and reflectors.

Don't forget to buy a retro jersey.

Please post pictures when done.
What about the levers!!!zeke
Jul 17, 2002 4:51 AM
I will work on it piece by piece.

I am now in the process or ordering a retro jersey, wool of course!!!
That ain't old schoolSpoiler
Jul 17, 2002 12:24 PM
Those stupid bar top brakes levers aren't old school. They're just crap. They can be seen only POS bikes like Huffy's, etc. Most often, they are accompanied with the one piece foam handlebar skeeve/wrap and the shifters that are on the stem.
re: leather tape, brown leather saddletarwheel
Jul 17, 2002 4:41 AM
Brooks makes a number of different saddle designs, shapes, configurations. Check out the selection at Wall also has a 6 month return policy. I would be surprised if you could not find a Brooks model to fit you. Another option is the Lepper Voyager, which is sold by Harris Cyclery (Sheldon Brown's shop). It is a light-weight titanium model similar to the Brooks Swift, but less expensive. I have an older Lepper with steel rails and it is the most comfortable saddle I have used. It also has long rails, making it more adjustable than Brooks saddles. With their short rails, Brooks saddles can be difficult achieving the proper knee-over-pedal position if your bike has a steep seat tube angle (eg 74).

As far as leather tape is concerned, I would suggest checking Rivendell bikes and You might also consider natural color cork tape. Cork tape is superior to any other product I have tried, and the natural color would go well with a honey-colored leather saddle. The "classic" tape that Rivendell and other retro folks sometimes use is varnished cloth -- which Rivendell talks about on their website.
re: leather tape, brown leather saddlezeke
Jul 17, 2002 4:54 AM
Very good information! With a 6 month return policy I will check their site tonight.
I did see the Lepper, but the nose seemed kind of long, but I havent looked at it in months, maybe I need a refresher.

Cork tape!!!! That may be the answer, and that is what I was thinking of. I will also try the Rivendell site for the varnished cloth.

thanks again.
Have you seen the Brooks B-17 or the...retro
Jul 17, 2002 6:51 AM
...even wider one I can't remember the model number for? B-66, I think, or B-67. lists both in its web catalog. I have two honey-brown B-17s (about 3cm wider than the common Brooks Pro), and like 'em a lot.
Don't know about leather tape, but Rivendell also has brown cotton tape, the old fashioned kind. I had cork tape on my Atlantis, but it's pretty fragile. When it started to break up, I wrapped cotton tape over it. Looks good and gives a nice, just-barely-padded grip.
Have you seen the Brooks B-17 or the...zeke
Jul 17, 2002 7:07 AM
Thanks, i will check the rivendell site now.

thats new info for me, ie the cork breaking up, but when you think about it, that seems to be a characteristic of cork.
cork tapetarwheel
Jul 17, 2002 7:45 AM
I have never had the first problem with cork tape breaking up. My only complaint is that I don't like the adhesive they put on the back of Cinelli tape, but you can peel that off. The nice thing about cork, in addition to the appearance, is that it is really good at cushioning vibrations and shock.
Come to the Retro board, my friend; you will be welcome.scottfree
Jul 17, 2002 8:54 AM
Come to the Retro board, my friend; you will be welcome.zeke
Jul 19, 2002 4:44 AM
will do!! now!!!