A long time ago, Mick Peel – who’d I’m come to know from Swap Meets would always swoop up every used saddle I had and recover them. It was around the height of what you might describe as the fixie renaissance (pre-fixie apocalypse). At the time he was a lecturer in fashion design at RMIT and this was purely a hobby that combined his passions – cycling and the broad arena of creating.
After a few successful saddles he asked if could recover a saddle for me, and I was thrilled at the idea. He used an extremely supple hide from lamb to recover a Rolls Titanio which was incredible – but did not go the distance in terms of durability which is how he came to his current preference for Kangaroo hide for Busyman Bicycles.
Here’s a shot of it in situ on one of my former pleasure crafts.
Around the same time someone handballed a stack of pro-team musettes from their recent european adventure my way. I told Mick about them and he had the idea to transform them into a dress – voila!
One saddle led to another, then another and some years ago he left the world of teaching behind to pursue Busyman Bicycles full-time – yet seeing these shots of his early projects and ‘prototypes’ from it feels like yesterday.
It seems there isn’t a BAUM that rolls out of Seabright st without Busyman Bicycles saddle or bartape, or both. Increasingly the likes of Speedvagen, Mosaic, and even Richard Sachs are wrapped with them (ATMO).
If there is a moral to this post it’s that humbling following your passion can lead to many things.