Leather by Revival

Those who frequent my blog will be familiar with Revival Cycles in Austin, TX. In addition to their annual Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, they host other cool events regularly, like their monthly Gearhead Sundays. These guys are passionate about all things motorcycle related and besides their custom bike builds, they hand craft a lot of other great stuff. I’d been eyeing some of their leather accessories for a while and at a recent Gearhead Sunday event I made a couple of purchases.

Revival gives back a lot to the motorcycle enthusiast community. I decided to purchase a new camera hand strap and wallet to give back a little to them. The goods that Revival makes in-house are top notch. I got to hang out in the leather workshop where they design and make their goods. Patrick, one of their leather craftsmen, showed me around and we talked about what I wanted. I actually ended up ordering a couple of custom items, as Patrick was happy to make a few simple tweaks to get me exactly what I had in mind.

I had been wanting a nice leather camera wrist strap for my Fujifilm X100F for quite some time. The cheap one I had on there for the past year was getting frayed. I was happy to discover that Revival actually makes a couple of camera straps. To be honest, the price was a bit higher than I had in mind. Not outrageous mind you, just more than the typical stuff you’ll find on eBay or Amazon. But hey, you just don’t get quality leather goods like what Revival makes on the cheap from anywhere. Buying the strap from a local company that custom makes them by hand was absolutely worth the price - especially when Patrick would make some simple changes at no extra cost. I chose a soft mahogany vegetable tanned leather - butter soft to the touch. My strap was made without a stiff insert for greater flexibility and I had him put smooth leather on the inside of the strap instead of the usual rough out.

While looking over the rest of Revival’s leather goods, I found a wallet that caught my eye. My wallet was starting to fall apart and the guys had a prototype for a passport wallet out on their display table. I loved the soft feel of the leather they used, although the prototype had a snap clasp that I didn’t care for. I prefer my wallet to be as minimal and thin as possible. Patrick offered to make one the way I wanted it.

Both of the items I ordered were delivered to my home less than a week after ordering. They were packed in neat little cloth bags and I’m using one of those to hold cables and things in my messenger bag. Bonus! The wallet is as awesome as the camera strap - soft luxurious leather that feels like a quality piece of craftsmanship. My wallet fits like a glove into one of the side cargo pockets of the 5.11 pants I always wear. Now I have a wallet that holds my stuff in a thin profile that slips into a side pocket. I no longer sit on my wallet!

Check out Revival’s camera straps and wallets with the links below. I’m just a happy customer and I don’t get commissions from Revival. Note that my wallet is a new design they are working on and may not be on the site. I’m sure they would be happy to help if you give them a call.

Camera Straps


Gearhead Sunday

I’m running rather behind on my blog updates these days. Here we are at the end of September and I’m looking through a backlog of images from last month. No complaints, I’m happy to be busy. Sometimes photography fun gets pushed out a bit - such is life. Seeing that there is another Gearhead Sunday at Revival Cycles fast approaching, I was reminded that I neglected to share any images from last month.

This is such a fun event. I had a blast hanging out with my buddy Mark and his kids while we wandered around Revival’s shop. Always such enticing eye candy there. A coffee distributor is sharing some space with them lately and I got to enjoy some of their product. I even scored a breakfast taco from Torchy’s this time by getting my butt out of bed and on the bike early for a change. A most excellent morning!

As has become a trend in my visits to this event, I was only packing my iPhone as an image capturing tool. It does quite well, especially when combined with my favorite camera app, Blackie. If you like the shots below, you’ll find a few more on my gallery site.

Gearhead Sunday

Last month Revival Cycles in Austin hosted another Gearhead Sunday. They generously open up their shop at these regular events and allow fellow motorcycle enthusiasts to freely wander around. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own project bikes or cars to show off. It's a neat gathering that seems to be gaining popularity, as evidenced by a sizable turnout in spite of blistering heat.

I enjoyed poking around looking for interesting details amongst some of the classic machines that Revival had in the shop. Once again, I showed up with only my iPhone as a photographic companion. While it can be a struggle to use in the low light of the shop, it does a decent job at capturing close up details. When sweat is pouring off me this time of year, I'm happy to lug as little gear as possible with me on my Road King. 

All photos were taken with my iPhone 6s Plus using the Blackie app. More images from the event can be found on my gallery site.

Gearhead Sunday at Revival Cycles

A couple weekends ago I got to attend a motorcycle nerd get-together dubbed Gearhead Sunday, hosted by Revival Cycles in Austin. These are the folks who put on my favorite bike show, The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, each year and this was my first time to visit their shop. I saddled up on my Road King and rode down to the shop in east Austin with a buddy of mine, eager to see the home of an awesome bike builder.

I was only expecting a parking lot gathering where fellow motorcycle aficionados and gear heads could show off what they had built or had in progress. It was a pleasant surprise to find that Revival was kind enough to allow us to wander around their shop. Since I wasn't anticipating this kind of access, I was a bit underprepared in the photography department. I had only my iPhone with me, so I fired up my favorite camera app, Blackie, and made do. The gritty hard contrast look that I get from the Tri-X film simulation in the app works quite well for things like this. It was a challenge to take photos in the low light but I managed to get a few cool snaps I think.

Check out more photos from the event on my gallery site.