Get a grip

Cyclists could soon be enjoying a Grope every time they ride their bike, if illustrator Akira Chatani has his way.

Bike enthusiast Chatani and business partner Ryo Yamada at consultancy Nonusual, have developed a range of leather bike handle-bar grips called Gropes, which are launching in the coming weeks.

Gropes differ from standard handle-bar grips and bar-tape in that they come with pre-punched holes are tied up with extra-long laces. Chatani says, ‘If you know how to tie a shoelace, you know how to fit Gropes.’

In this cyclist’s opinion, the hand-made leather with a lace in a muted tone would perfectly offset a Brooks saddle, while more colourful versions with flourescent laces are likely to find fans among the East London fixie crowd.

The Gropes will be made available at Nonusuals site at

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  • Charlotte Langron-Brown November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Nice idea. Something to brighten my ride to work 🙂

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