Niagara Gazette — Bicycle riders across Western New York may soon have a new way to ride in style with a set of custom made quality leather handlebar covers.
Ryan J. Mulrenin, of Lewiston, is launching a business aimed at creating a stylish and unique addition to make their bikes more their own.
“I’ve always been making crafts around my house, just to make my every day stuff look better,” he said. “I used to take old t-shirts and sew them on to other things. I make leather bracelets and straps and I’ve always wanted to start my own business.”
Hailing from Lockport, Mulrenin says that crafting is something that runs in his family. His mother and grandmother were both seamstresses and he credits them with sparking his interest in sewing and embroidery.
His father was also into making crafts and leather goods, Mulrenin says he picked up interest there too. He enjoys making quality crafts because he embraces all the little imperfections and knowing that it was made by a person.
“In communities where people love art, they tend to want handmade quality goods,” he said. “Something different that also has functionality is pretty hard to find.”
After earning his Associates from Bryant and Stratton in 2011, Mulrenin focused his attention on building a career in graphic design. He’s worked in several print shops and done side projects like creating logos menus and signs for an Italian bistro.
During this time he tried his hand at embroidering a wallet which turned out well. After seeing other companies that made custom leather goods he got the idea to start making his own leather goods and launch his business Bronislaus Handlebars.
“In bicycle communities, people like to put their heart and soul into their bikes,” Mulrenin said. “When it comes to those people everybody is looking for another way to show themselves in the bicycles they ride everyday.