|Steve, I think you make enough to buy a new pair of jeans.|
Today, we'll be talking about the Rudge. But first...
Yep, more shellac on the LHT. I put another two coats of amber shellac. The only thing that concerns me is the worn area on top of the bars still feels "rough". I don't know if it's because it's worn enough that it's not "taking" the shellac anymore, or if I should have sandpapered it, something I normally don't do. We'll see.
I also shellacked a set of cork grips for my roommates bike, who was entranced by the grips on my Raleigh.
Now to the Rudge!
I held off on properly doing anything with grips or tape on this bike, because I wanted to make sure everything was "just right" before going ahead. While it was tempting to find some period-appropriate grips or spring for some nice leather ones like these from Walnut Studio, I am hella broke. I had some white cork Silva branded tape that I bought for $4 from Next Adventure, and decided the Rudge would be the appropriate recipient. And that's why I hesitated: grips can be removed, even if I shellacked them. Tape that's been shellacked? Forget it. And if I needed to get a different stem, I'd have to remove everything from the bars. I didn't want that headache, so I made damn sure the bars/stem combo works before proceeding.
And how should I wrap the bars? Obviously I would need to wrap the ends where the grips were, but there was more bar beyond the brake levers/S-A trigger shifter. At first I thought about wrapping pretty much the whole bar, since I can put my hands there, essentially giving me two hand positions. But I became fond of the clean and chromy look, and I found that I haven't been putting my hands there much. So just the grip area for now. I can always go back and tape it.*
I had the notion of putting actual corks from wine bottles in the bar ends, but the corks are too fat. I started to shave one down, but gave up. I'm obsessive, but not that obsessive.
After the taping, the twine. When I first twined bars in May on the LHT, I followed the instructions from Rivendell. Within a month it was unraveling. So Keith the Raving Bike Fiend showed me his methods: short sections of twine, wrapped around and around, tied into knots. It was a lot easier! Though I never feel like I do the best job of twining. Thankfully the shellac will make it all look better.
Then shellac! I used amber shellac and a sponge brush. This is after one coat.
Wow, looks so much different after one coat! Now coat two.
And finally, the fifth coat.
And how it all looks together!
I like how the amber color really goes along with the color scheme of the Rudge. And I did it cheaply: the tape cost only four bucks and I only used half of what I got. The twine was like three bucks for a ball, and it didn't make much of a dent in the ball. And the can of shellac was about eight bucks, and there's still plenty left!
*These are the internal debates I have.