Posts Tagged ‘leather’

Brooks float my boat.

May 3, 2011

Eddy Creps.

July 13, 2010

Not one to spoil classic looks, Jon, my good pal recently gripped these NOS Eddy Merckx Adidas “creps” ( street slang for shoes ) off Ebay for use on his Colnago Super.

Properly nice, but on my steel bikes I am still representing with the vulcanized sole, full flex and all. You know? I really should look for a solution to that.

Rapha x Burfields & Co.

June 4, 2010

Established in 1944, Burfields & Co. is one of only two surviving glove manufacturers in an area that once boasted 38. The hand-painted sign welcoming visitors is a relic of that bygone age. It reads: “This is where gloves of quality and superlative design are manufactured by Burfields and the Martock Glove Co.” In a rabbit warren of buildings at the end of a small lane, the main factory sits beside the old fire station which now acts as the Burfields warehouse.

Richard unwraps a piece of black goatskin from inside a wet cloth; the leather is dampened for a few hours, making it easier to work and stretch. This piece is destined to become a pair of black Rapha Grand Tour Gloves. He moves the skin one way and then the next, with the urgency and agility of a pizza chef stretching dough. The degree of stretch within the leather is very important. It is the cutter’s job to ensure every piece of a glove has, within the leather’s grain, the same stretch. To allow the glove to bend around the hand, the leather must have something extra, a quality Richard refers to as “hidden stretch”, something not necessarily apparent when the leather is relaxed. A size large glove, for example, may have as much as 2 ¼ inches of this ‘hidden leather’, which is needed to transform a flat, 2D pattern, into a working 3D glove.

Great post and great gloves too.
Read the entire article here.
Praises be to tracko for pointing it out.

Like a Glove.

May 24, 2010

Over Birmingham the sun shines hotter than Hawaii and it’s time once again to do away with the full finger and for the first time this year, don the mitts.

Some folks prefer not to wear anything on their hands, they like to go bare back. For me, I must cover up. Should I fall off my bike I want to keep at least my knuckles and palms intact if nothing else, so mitts are in my top five necessary items you need come summertime, plus with the right pair you really are on your way to looking like your cycling hero, if only from the elbow down in my case. Heck I’m still winter training!

Anyway, here are my ultimate mitts, there are none better and they can never be replaced.

Rapha Grand Tour gloves. Look at them, ruined. Bewteen these mitts and I we have many great memories shared. In fact they still have the dried sweat contained from what I like to call my ‘worst hour’ but we won’t go into that.

The Crochet mitt. An out and out classic. Again, many memories shared between me and these but with the condition they are in I should really consider some replacements but I can’t bring myself to do it.

NOS Santini suede mitts. Bought as a birthday present for me by my great pal Jon. These are so luxurious I am not sure if I can even put them on because I know the first sign of sweat will reduce these beauties to a pile of leathery mush.

Speaking of Shoes.

April 14, 2010

Shouts to Jon, did you win the bid?

Dromarti Leather Goodness.

March 16, 2010

Come summer time you won’t find me in any other glove than a lovely pair of leather palmed crochet mitts. They age beautifully over time and in my experience tend to last longer than any other glove out there. Plus they make me feel like Felice Gimondi riding a tour, thus giving me a sort of ‘go faster stripe’.

At £99 these Dromarti’s are a touch out of my price league when compared to my £9.99 ebay mitts but nevertheless these are totally luxurious and if they make you ‘go faster’ then who am I to grumble at the price.

The Dromarti La Grande Mitt is supremely comfortable and the epitome of good taste and style. Each glove is individually handmade from soft Nappa leather, with a reinforced slim padded palm, featuring a hand crochet back, piped in leather with an adjustable closing strap displaying the Dromarti marque. To complete the picture La Grande Mitt comes complete with a handmade leather storage pouch.



March 12, 2010

Once again BlueLug come through with the goodness.

Handlebar chic.

February 1, 2010

On a bike with swept back handlebars and amber wall tyres one of these would look great. Plus you can flip it and wear it around your person with the additional strap. Perfect!

Spotted at the Death and Texas Etsy store.

Xmas list starts here.

November 11, 2009


Rapha’s latest collaboration with Paul Smith sees the classic Grand Tour Gloves given a sartorial twist. Featuring the English designer’s signature stripe, the multi-coloured pattern is used on the piping of these black leather race mitts. This limited edition piece was designed for the Favourite Shirts exhibition, a celebration of cycling jerseys featuring Rapha and Rouleur photography, held at the Paul Smith shop in Tokyo.

Please note the gloves are an extremely limited edition and only 20 pairs are available

Rapha via Tracko.

San Marco Regal’e’.

November 3, 2009

It made history even before it was born.

It is the REGALe, “e” means evolution of a model that doesn’t need presentations. Indeed, the new saddle is founded on the known REGAL, born during the seventies and used by the greatest riders as Cipollini, Boonen, McEwen, LeMonde and Chiappucci. Classical inspiration, ultra-modern performances.

Always loved the original Regal although having never owned one myself. Now this rather updated version looks great and no doubt much lighter than it’s older brother, if that sort of thing bothers you ( Hardy ).

Seen here among the San Marco 2010 Collezione.

Brooks x EHBPC London.

July 9, 2009


The Swift EHBPC London is a limited edition of 250 saddles, featuring blue leather top and the impressed logo of the first European Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships held in London in 2009.

This saddle is part of the COLOURED LTD EDITION saddles made to support a series of events Brooks sponsor.

I have never been the biggest fan of Brooks saddles, however I do love what they do and I also love the fact that are based in my home town so big ups for Birmingham heritage!

Via Brooks.

Lugged Leather

March 23, 2009

Jacques Ferrand trained as a traditional leather cutter and sewer, and after 14 years of apprenticeship, set up his own shop, Crèvecoeur (23 r. Des Blancs Manteaux, Paris, France). He normally works on bags, shoes, and belts, either directly for customers under the name Etablissements Ferrand, or for labels such as Hermès.

Every inch of the frame is covered in thin leather, down to the lugs and tightest spots of the bottom bracket, and the saddle and grips are in ostrich leather. Although some thin chrome vintage tubular rims would have worked better, and maybe a road bike with baskets and mudguards would have been more fitting than a track bike with risers, this is a rather impressive demonstration of his craft.

I guess nothing is impossible!


Via Arkitip

More from Brooks

December 7, 2008

Available now at Oi Polloi Manchester is a great selection of Brooks products including pannier bags, saddle bags, tool rolls, saddles, mudguard flaps… I think you get the picture!
Brooks tool roll dating from 1910

Includes: 3x tyre levers, 8/9, 10/11, 12/13, 15 spanners, Philips and Flathead screwdriver, 8/6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 2.5 Allen keys, 3.3 and 3.4mm Spoke wrenches.
Brooks Classic Swallow Chrome & Black Leather

Brooks Swallow saddle, the ultimate Brooks racing saddle for the serious racing cyclist. Originally it was a B17 with the sides cut away so as to reduce the contact with the inner thigh & the overall weight.

Stussy x Brooks

December 5, 2008

Stussy x Brooks Swallow saddle
styled by the Wilson brothers

Founded in 1866, renowned English bike saddle-maker Brooks has teamed up with The Wilson Brothers to produce an exclusive 125 piece limited run of their Swallow Saddle for Stussy. The all-white leather is a first for Brooks, Studio Oscar’s unique graphics on the packaging reflect the swallow-back frame, and contribute to making this saddle a true work of art.

Found at Stussy Japan… released in Japan in November, here? we can only wait.

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