Busyman Bicycles

In Australia, One Man Is Making Some of the World’s Finest Custom Bike Seats and Handlebar Tape

September 12, 2017 Sports and Outdoors By Photo by Vanilla Workshop

Mick Peel’s obsession with great design began in his teenage surf bum years. He was one of those “surfers” who preoccupied himself more with the culture of surfing — the mellowed-out attitude, the whatever’s comfortable fashion sense — than with chasing waves. At his childhood home in Australia, Peel began tinkering around with textiles and wood, crafting surf clothing and knives and toy guns. That teenage tinkerer went on to earn a doctorate in Fashion Design from RMIT, one of Australia’s top universities. He even spent a few years as the head of RMIT’s Fashion Design department, and several more as a professor. But then Peel discovered cycling, and his entire life changed course.

Driven by a newly-ignited obsession with bikes, and backed by decades of experience in fashion design, Peel began a new side project: crafting custom leather bike seats and handlebar tape. The side project blossomed into a hobby, then a part-time job, then his life’s greatest passion. And so began Busyman Bicycles, a little shop in Melbourne, Australia that makes what is perhaps the most beautiful custom leather bike seats and handlebar tape in the world. Peel’s creations are handmade with kangaroo leather, cow hide and sheepskin, and are crafted to meet your specific wants and needs. Busyman’s rapidly growing list of clients includes Baum Cycles, The Vanilla Workshop, Richard Sachs, and the renowned British designer Paul Smith. But for a few hundred bucks, and with a little patience (Peel is an unsurprisingly busy man), you can outfit your beloved bike with a truly one-of-a-kind Busyman Bicycles creation.

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