He had a few different types of main tube coverings. Once covered the entire main tube while others covered only certain sections. They were extremely well made and the leather had that gorgeous smell only new leather seems to have.
One of the items Mick allowed me to test was a small leather hub gear strap. This was one of three colours but for some reason this honey, almost orange coloured strap took my attention for some reason?
|Honey coloured leather...could almost be classed as orange?|
These straps are from a bygone age where hub gears ruled. They work in a very simple way. It is fastened around the hub and as the wheels rotate, the strap rubs gently along the hub from side to side keeping it clean. I remember by brother used to have one permanently attached to his bike and the hub was the only part of the entire bike that was ever clean.
At the moment I am thinking that the strap might be a little too wide and it would be better if it could be fastened to the hub in a more circular fashion, however it is very early days and I will need to test it out a great deal more before I can make a final assessment. One thing is for certain, this and the other items are incredibly well made and I can see myself getting more than one of these straps!