Here’s a neat idea for your flat-bar’d townie or mountain bike: Individual, brightly-colored GripRings that can be mixed to match your ride. Or mixed to not match. It’s up to you. The recently Kickstarted SpurCycle project is a neat one, allowing the purchaser to use the online GripRings Builder to configure the squidgy nesting donuts to their heart’s content.
When our GripRings sampler arrived, we suffered some severe analysis paralysis and wound up playing it safe: coordinating with the black, gray, and white color scheme on our Project 1.2 singlespeed. Hit the jump to see what happened!
Yup, there be grips! With just a bit of water to help, the GripRings slid on easily and are so far staying in place just fine. An expanding bar plug adds a bit of security, nesting within the end-most grip. It’s not nearly as reassuring as, say, a Lock-On clamp- but it’ll take a bit of angry singlespeeding to know for sure.
Unlike more common Kraton rubber, the Silicone material wipes clean easily- especially nice on bright colors. When mounted, GripRings are slightly plump and pleasantly squishy- better for those who wear minimally-padded gloves. Each GripRing costs $1.25 and a pair of end plugs $4- bringing a set of 14 to about $22- more than standard grips but less than most lock-ons. We’d like to spend some more time on our GripRings before issuing a verdict, but so far they seem like a fun, comfy way to add a bit of flair to your ride.