Nisnas Industries of Israel does astounding woodwork. Already well versed in multiple products for both on and off the bike use, including wooden fenders and leather/wood bags, recently Nisnas turned their craftsmanship toward a gorgeous wooden bicycle grip. But Nisnas is not primarily focused on the bottom-line like most companies. Rather, with all designs and products creating a profit sharing project, Nisnas Industries is focused upon creating opportunities for the local youth of Israel. But this story is not only about Nisnas’ business model, their new Daily Grip appears to have been executed so well it may just make you want to ride your bike more.
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Above, the upcoming Steel Toe fenders use a folded steel tip to cap the 700c fenders. Below, stainless steel inlays inspired by street art polish off their Brompton-ready and 700c mahogany models. Look for pricing at $177 and up…
Nisnas has shown us some pretty amazing wood fenders before. And some gorgeous leather messenger bags and accessories. Now, they’ve combined the two classic materials with their new bike bags.
The Kul Rex handmade wood and leather bike bag, 23cm high by 34 cm across, fits most frames size 56 and larger, $339.00. For smaller bikes, see the Kul Porter below…
In case you remember, we featured some excellent Nisnas Industries fenders on our pic of the day. Specializing in quality leather goods and wooden fenders, we’re happy to see Nisnas’ new Kickstarter project get off the ground. Titled the St. John Street Project, named after the street where Nisnas started business, they’re raising funds to open a larger manufacturing facility that will double as a place both to create goods and to bring together local artists and youth.
For funding the campaign you can pick from an array of leather goods including frame bags, messenger bags, iPad cases, and wallets. Also, you can pick up a set of wooden fenders. Full details here.
Nisna Industries have sent over some gorgeous wooden bicycle accessories in the past, and their latest is no exception. The new Daily grips are made from mahogany and maple woods with an aircraft grade aluminum core and brass fasteners. They’re meant to last a lifetime.
The project has been in the works for quite a while, with testing for different material types, shapes and lengths. They ended up with the shape you see here, which uses two brass screws to tighten them against the handlebar. That gives them the full width of the grip to use for hand placement rather than losing space to a lock ring, and they say the brass is soft enough not to mar your handlebar but strong enough to securely hold the grip in place. The wood grip is pressed over an alloy core to give it a consistent shape and strong foundation that’ll prevent it from cracking during installation or use.
It just went live on Kickstarter with a very small ask of $7,000, and they’re well on their way. More pics, video and links below…
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- Nisnas Industries are excited to announce that they are now shipping their gorgeous wood inlay bike bags, fenders, and iPad cases.
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We saw quite a few wooden bicycles at NAHBS this year (here, here and here), plus some sweet wooden fenders and bags from Nisnas on Kickstarter. The most recent tree-sourced bike comes from Yojiro Oshima, a student at Tokyo’s Musashino Art University.
The pictures come from BicycleDesign.net, where you’ll find more of them (though we did do a little color correction on them here), and where Oshima commented that this is only a prototype and that the material is, well, immaterial…that it’s the shape that’s important. Then he added that wood would be the most comfortable.
This one’s construction uses hollowed out sections bonded together, much like Connor’s designs from NAHBS (middle link above). It’s unfinished, evidenced by the lack of brake levers and full cable routing, but still quite beautiful. Particularly the handlebars…
Yep, that’s a Pac Man fender on that Brompton bike. Handmade by the folks at Nisnas Cycles where they make their own frames, bike bags, and fenders. Here’s a little bio from Yossi:
“My name is Yossi, my friends and I run a small community oriented workshop in Wadi Nisnas, Haifa-Israel. In an ancient open air market between the vegitables and hanging meat is our small workshop. We make custom commuters but dabble in wood fender work and bags. twice a week we build junkyard customs with the neighborhood kids and make sure all the work is local for good business and decent Karma.”
Click ‘more’ for a closeup of the fenders.