How To Attach Covers
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- Thread one of the provided needles on one end of the thread, and the other needle on the other end of the same piece of thread.
- “Lock” your needles (this prevents them from falling off while lacing): after running the thread through the needle eyelet, pull it through about an inch. Then, pierce the thread with the needle point and push this loop around the needle upwards towards the eyelet. With end of the thread that initially passed through the eyelet, pull out the slack that was created with this adjustment.
- With the leather placed on top of the handle bar, stitch through the first hole with one needle from inside (under) to outside (top), and again with the other needle from inside to outside. Pull thread tight, making sure you have an even amount on each side.
- Stitch bringing one needle through the opposite hole from outside (top) to inside (under) (i.e. bring your left needle through the hole on the right side, from outside to inside). Repeat with the opposite needle. Pull thread tight, again ensuring you have an equal amount of thread on each side.
- Holding the leather tight with one hand, bring one needle through the opposite side hole from UNDER the leather, and repeat with the other side, stitching it through underneath (your thread should come out from the top side of the grip when this step is complete).
- Bring one needle through the opposite side hole from OVER the leather, and repeat with the other side, stitching it through from the top side (your thread should come from under the grip when this step is complete).
- Repeat steps 5 and 6 until complete (OVER, OVER, UNDER, UNDER!).
- When entire grip is laced, holding the leather tight with one hand, tighten all stitches together. Beginning at the first stitch, use the needle to pull up on the stitches, tightening as needed and removing slack, all the way to the last stitch.
- Make the last stitch through the last hole from outside to inside through the opposite holes. Due to the handmade (and hand punched) nature of the grips, you may have an excess hole on one side of the grip. Simply lace through the last hole twice on the other side to include the extra hole. Pull thread tight and tie off with a knot, cutting any excess thread (or leave excess and tuck it under the leather if you’d like to be able to remove and reuse your grips).
Start by connecting your grips on the top of the handle bar and zipping a short amount, just enough to keep them connected. Next, turn the zipper so that it is on the under side of the handle, parallel with the ground. Then, line up the cover by pulling it together in small 1" increments, all the way to the end. Keep one hand on the end, holding the cover in alignment, and use other hand to zip it on. Be sure to NOT attach them with the zipper on the inside of the curve; this is the hardest way to attach grips on handle bars with strong curves. See video example below: