Rapha Busyman Bartape
Please note: This product is handmade by Busyman and thus we cannot guarantee delivery dates. At this time we estimate approximately 4 – 6 weeks as a guide.
Working from his home studio in Carlton, Melbourne, Mick Peel has been designing and making custom leatherwork for bicycles since 2008. His work consists primarily of recovered saddles with custom detailing accompanied by matching handlebar tape and occasionally a coordinating saddlebag.
Ideas for how a saddle might be recovered come together from a range of different sources. The form of the saddle itself sets up possibilities and limitations as to what designs and techniques could be applied. Complex forms which need intricate pattern cutting and paneled seams offer fewer options for decorative applications while simpler forms with larger areas work well as an open canvas to apply, motif and pattern work in a variety of techniques.
Peel’s design references come from the overall feel of the bike for which the piece is intended. In some cases, the saddle and handlebar tape match back to a multi-coloured paint scheme, sometimes the leatherwork is used to bring an accent to the bike by introducing a highlight colour imbuing a sense of timeless traditional craftsmanship often associated with the natural leather colour.