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 http://nonusual.com/gropes/.