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Weekend Spring Cycling Part 1: Banjo Bicycles and Kara Ginther Saddles

This blog is quickly giving itself over to bicycle-related themes, and I would be concerned, were it not for the fact that the kind of looks and fashion I want to highlight seems to be inextricably linked to biking transport and lifestyle. The weekend provided a number of opportunities to explore both, as I came across much worthy of documenting – enough to break them up into two post.

The first encounter took place outside a local market, where I came upon a trio of bikers about to embark on a bonfire and picnic at a local city woods. Upon further examination, it became clear that I was looking at a singular bicycle, a bespoke frame created by its rider with assists from his two companions for wood and metal work, and has just hung out his own shingle as Banjo Bicycles:

This Banjo Bicycle v1.0 is decked out for travel and hauling, but much of the fine detail is apparent in this quick shot.

Designer Ahren is creating bikes to fit the rider, from a variety of materials that he fashions together himself. His friend fashioned the wooden fenders, and the bike is outfitted with leather and metal accents.

A bit of detail, including the Banjo badge.

Perhaps most exciting was the discovery of a Kara Ginther saddle, recently described in a post below. I’ve never seen one in the flesh, but it was instantly recognizable on Ahren’s bike:

A Kara Ginther modified Brooks saddle, on a Banjo bicycle.

Check out the Banjo site for more information about what Ahren is doing with his handmade bicycles, and see Kara Ginther’s for more information about her designs on Brooks saddles.

Ahren of Banjo Bicycles on his handmade custom steed.

In Honor of Spring: Custom Leather Bicycle Saddles

There is no denying that spring is now definitively upon us and, in my city at least, so, too, is the compulsion to get back out on our bikes. As with everything, a personal touch can make standard objects so much interesting, and enjoyable, to use.

Here with an exclusive is a spotlight on an artist local to me who is making beautiful, intricate designs on the already classic Brooks saddles. Kara Ginther is a leatherworker who creates original designs using the saddles as her medium.

A modified herringbone image brings dynamism and movement to this classic black leather saddle.

What a way to take a bespoke and artistic touch to your daily commute. Visit the website for more shots of what this artist is creating.

A Brooks saddle is altered with leatherworking techniques, making an already unique and classic saddle into a work of art.