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    • CommentAuthormauspad
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2010 edited
     
    I got tired of my metal toe clips scuffing up my nice shoes, so I made my own toe clip leathers of scrap leather and thought other people might be interest in what turned out to be a very quick and easy DIY project. These obviously aren't as nice as the ones you can buy from Velo Orange, but they do the trick.

    You will need:

    Scrap leather, a ruler, a pushpin (or an awl, if you have one), a needle with a largeish eye (embroidery needles are great), a pen, scissors, and waxed thread. If you actually have waxed thread, great! If not, embroidery floss and a hunk of candle wax, which is what i've used here, works in a pinch. So does dental floss (up the punx).

    Oh, and, uh, toe clips.



    Step 1: Cut the leather. The dimensions will depend on what size toe clip you wear. I found that 2cm x 8.5cm rectangles fit perfectly for my medium MKS clips; You will have to add or subtract a cm or so from the length if you have larger or smaller clips.



    Step 2: Turn the leather over to the sueded side. Take your ruler and measure 4-5mm from the edge and mark a dot every quarter inch or so down both long sides. Make sure that the dots on both sides line up-- You'll be joining them together when you sew!



    Step 3: Take your push pin or awl and, pulling the leather taut, make a hole at each dot.



    Step 4 (optional): If you're using embroidery floss, take this opportunity to wax it. Embroidery floss tends to slip and waxing it helps it grip itself and stay in place. Just press the wax onto the thread over a hard surface and pull the thread through. Repeat until you have a nice coating. I couldn't get a good picture of this step since it requires both hands, but you get the idea.



    Step 5: I experimented with several stitching techniques and found that the original Velo Orange instructions are not only the simplest and easiest to follow, but also the most secure and attractive. You can find them here.


    What you end up with should look something like this:



    Anyway, like I said, this is a really quick and easy weekend project. If you're not drunk like I was last night and keep having to recut the leather and/or stabbing yourself in the hand, it'll hardly takes any time at all. I used a relatively thin leather cut from an old jacket my housemate gave me and it was a very easy material to work with. I'd imagine that if you're using thicker leather (I believe Velo Orange makes theirs from upholstery leather), you might actually need an awl to perforate it.

    ALSO, I have a shit ton of scrap leather left. If anyone wants some to try their hand at this, let me know and I'll cut some strips off for you.
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      CommentAuthorstilgar
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2010
     
    sweet!this wont hurt a bit...
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      CommentAuthorMungoRocks
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2010
     
    very nice! good tutorial too.dongpincher 1000
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    awesome! thanks
    • CommentAuthorbrittle
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2010
     
    ^ dibs on some leather scraps.

    this is awesome and i've been thinking about doing it.. i made some gangster felt situation that is extremely temporary. the only addition i would make is another piece to go over the top part of the toe clip - that is where there is actually the most contact with my boots.

    thanks for the tutorial!disco visp
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    you promised me scraps xue, still want. pleaseplease?
    • CommentAuthorBRlAN Q G
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2010
     
    I figured I'd add this question to this thread about leather bits for your bike. Anyone know anything about leather handlebar grips/tape? I'm not sure what brands are out there besides Brooks, but that's quite expensive, so any others? Also, I've seen Stilgar's homemade wraps, is that something feasible for someone with no leather-working experience to do?
    • CommentAuthormauspad
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2010
     
    ^veloorange makes 'em cheaper than brooks. if you wanna diy, the only thing difficult about it is punching holes in the leather for sew-ons, for which you might need an awl. also it might take some trial and error to cut the leather to the right size and doesn't slip.
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    can i just ask what the appeal of leather tape?

    if i wanted a classy, durable handlebar wrap, i'd use cloth and then shellac it.You're purposefully attempting to sabotage my degree project. Thanks.
    • CommentAuthormauspad
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2010
     
    i want cow on my bike.
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      CommentAuthorfmradio516
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2010
     
    im sorry but what is the point of this? for looks?MUFFDVR
    • CommentAuthormauspad
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2010
     
    fmradio516:im sorry but what is the point of this? for looks?
    no, they have a function. they're to keep metal toe clips from scuffing up nice shoes. i work at a hospital and often ride in wearing my work shoes.
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      CommentAuthorDan Roch
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2010 edited
     
    ^they work.. I ride in my work shoes as wellEverybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaning they are unemployed - Prince Philip during the recession in 1981
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      CommentAuthorfmradio516
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2010
     
    oh nice.MUFFDVR
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    mauspad:
    fmradio516:im sorry but what is the point of this? for looks?
    no, they have a function. they're to keep metal toe clips from scuffing up nice shoes. i work at a hospital and often ride in wearing my work shoes.


    HAHAHAHAHAHA suckaaaaaaaas doin' clinical research, havin' to look presentable and shit.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D