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Brake Lever Leather renewal DIY

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Your Brakelever looks like this?IMG_2980.thumb.JPG.d3e815b1c840e5f765c0aa3981d45154.JPG

Time for an update!

you need a sheet of smooth (automotive) leather, some Needles and waxed Thread. I get this from Aliexpress for less than 3$.


First pull out the Metal Ring a little bit then cut the stitches



And , surprise,  the original isn`t genuine Leather!

Took the original as a pattern for the new .

Attention !!!! It isn`t a square.

To get a perfect fit , cut 2mm narrower.


Now do the punctures

3mm from the edge and 5mm wideIMG_2994.thumb.JPG.d8430794b7699bb92612fcca4d114e2d.JPG

You start like this. The thread has to be 4-5 times longer than the leather!!!



To make it easier use a tube, keep attention that the cross of the tread , up and down, are all in the same way



Now you can place the Leather to the Lever

and then pull the seam tight do this with a crochet hook


You can`t do this at once. Make 2-3 repeats!

Keep an eye that the alignment is correct and the holes are at the same level.


At the End .....the tricky Part.

You have to put the Leather under the rabbet and fix it with the metal ring.

The Leather has to be long enough but then it has a lot of wrinkles, is it to short it won`t be fixed




But in the End  I´m very satisfied.

A lot better than the old imitation Leather.


I hope this is helpful for some!

Edited by Fastlane
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That looks great! Thanks for the write up.

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Awesome DIY, thanks :cheers:

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Small Update !

To avoid the Problem to get the Leather under the rabbet it is possible a good idea to choose a smaller Pre-cut.

I will test this when I get my red Thread!Zuschnitt.thumb.jpg.77c8abede85d2c8d84d9b254f3c6a127.jpg

In total the cut is 6mm smaller  this will help a lot



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