Some people write blogs about bike stuff, and others actually do bike stuff. Reader Sue does stuff, cool stuff if you ask me. Sue started making cool cycling caps and if you like them and don't want to do stuff like me, you can just order one up. Or if you are inclined to do stuff, this is a great inspiration. Thanks Sue!
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Ashtabula Hats are cycling caps and beanies made from hand-picked, vintage, designer (or very cool) suits, jackets and sweaters found at my favorite San Diego thrift stores. Here is one of my larger purchases at the Thrift Trader in Pacific Beach. The cashier is laughing as she fills two bags!
I carefully take apart the jacket and save the lining for the racing stripes. I use my own 3-panel and 4-panel patterns and use 16oz plastic containers for the brim inserts. Luckily, I have friends that eat a lot of cottage cheese and yogurt! Depending on the size of the jacket, I can make 2-4 caps. So, every cap is a one-of-a-kind and has its’ own story history and I tell as much as I can. Sometimes it’s about the designer, the material, or the owner of the jacket. And, only one cap out of each jacket bears the designer label.
Fousto and my husband, Tim, work at a bicycle shop in San Diego. I gave Fousto (shown left) the first 4-panel designer label cap because he gave me the idea to make the cycling caps. All the guys at the shop got my practice caps and really kept me motivated! Btw, Tim’s other girl friend is a Surley Disc Trucker. He has asked for cycling cap and a matching top-tube cover for it. I guess that will be my next project!
I sell my caps on www.etsy.com/shop/AshtabulaHats
And, I have recently started a Facebook page that gives more info/history on other great upcycling ideas, cycling, apparel, designers and whatever seems cool and relevant