The Antique Bicycle Toolbag: The Antique, is a triangular shaped bag, and goes back to probably the 1800’s, and is often seen on old cycling photographs. Recently I have seen a replica poster, advertising the Tour de France of 1936, featuring bicycles equipped with a very similar bag! However, it is far more likely that bags similar to these were used as a military application on military bicycles. It fastens to the top tube by means of two straps, while a third strap wraps around the seat tube. Made out of heavy 3mm leather, which I hand dye to reach the vintage leather effect I am looking for. Currently available in Black, Antique brown and Dark brown. Handstitched after chamfering the leather at 45 degrees, this is a very heavy, military look. They sell for $80.00 AU, plus postage. They are also available in a slightly different, lighter style of manufacture, more suitable for the sports bicycles, and they sell for $68.00AU. (photo soon to be added!)
Mudflaps: A fine compliment to any Vintage bicycle is a good mudflap attached to the front mudguard. Many different materials have been used for mudflaps, however, I dont think any can compare with leather. Leather always looks stylish, compliments the other leather gear often found on vintage bicycles, but it is also virtually indestructible. I have tested these mudflaps through many rainy seasons, and they still look good. Even when full of mud, they should be allowed to dry naturally, given a good brush with a stiff brush when dry and they look like new.
The shape allows maximum protection to your bottom bracket, pedals and feet from front wheel spray whilst it still is slimline enough to not appear bulky or catch too much of the breeze. These mudflaps attach with either stainless steel screws or pop rivets. These are not included. You will need to drill two holes in your mudguard before attaching. At $18.00 Australian each, this is an excellent investment. Colors are Tan, Black, Dark brown and Honey.
Bicycle Panniers: These very handy panniers easily attaches to any bicycle port rack or carrier. Two very sturdy stainless steel brackets fits over the side bar, and then you simply loops the central strap around the same bar and tightens the stainless steel buckle. very simple and secure. When you take them off your bike, they become normal briefcases that you can carry by the handle, or for 15.00 AU extra I can supply a carry strap that clips on to the bag, for carrying over the shoulder.
The bag is strengthened at the back with an enclosed alluminium bar. This bag, like all my work, is designed for functionality, durability, not economy. The generous size of 300mm by 300mm by 90mm wide, makes them large enough for smaller laptops. The clever rounded front corner prevents heels from hitting them when you peddle. All buckles are stainless steel. I sell these bags for 160.00 Australian, plus postage. Available in tan, dark brown or black.
Bicycle Handgrips: For some time now, I have been asked whether I also make leather bicycle handgrips. After some time at the drawing board and trying out a number of designs, I have come up with a design that I am confident would meet most of the requirements of vintage bicycle owners. I have personally tested this design on two of my bicycles over the period of a year, and am very pleased with the results.
The basic design consist of two layers of approximately 3mm thick leather, cold molded together around a 22mm mandrill, in order to retain shape. Between these two layers is a partial waterproof membrane to keep moisture transfer from the outer layer from spreading to the inner layer.
These grips are available in Tan, Honey, Black and Dark brown. The following photo shows a pair of brand new Dark Brown, chopper leather hand grips after completion, and also after the first thousand kilometers of use.
These grips fits most handlebars, although I have encountered some that are marginally too thin (as was the case with one of my Dutch Union bicycles.) I have found that masking tape (painters tape) aroud the handlebars works perfectly. Dont use any plastic tape such as electricians tape, duct tape etc.
These handgrips sells for 32.00 AU, plus postage a pair.