This nice Crown Cyrus by Great Western just showed up in the for sale section and the grips caught my attention. They seemed to be wrapped with shellacked twine instead of leather. The lay of the cordage reminds me of two strand tarred marline used in the old days for serving lines and stays on sailing ships, it would be tarred for protection from chaffing, water and wear. Very nice bike and interesting grips. Those grips have the look of old pine tar covered line and canvas.
To serve a line you "worm and marvel with the lay, turn and serve the other way".
Two strand tarred hemp Marline. Very useful stuff and it smells good too, like biking in a pine forest.