The hard part was deciding what colours and patterns to go for in the first place. On the Spurcycle website they have an interactive tool called GripRings Builder that lets you try out combos before you buy, it’s a lot of fun. Some of the classiest results are quite subtle, a solid block of colour with maybe a highlight-stripe or two. Because my mountainbike looks like circus equipment anyway I shied away from subtle and pulled the clown-bike card!
I cleaned the grip-area with alcohol as per the instructions, measured the starting point with the template provided and 10 minutes later I had the funkiest looking hand/bike interface in Campbells Bay.
With only an hour’s riding under my belt I was asked what they felt like: â€œgrippy, squishy, fat, comfy & weirdâ€ was my answer. A week into the review and I’m sticking with that, but I’ll drop â€œweirdâ€ off the end. That kid at school that stood out from the crowd wasn’t weird, he just had some personality, that’s all, he was â€œuniqueâ€.
The finished grips felt nice in the hand, very soft with a finely ribbed surface to stop you sliding around. The contrast with the grips they replaced was immense. The Ergons I had been using wereÂ ergonomically-shaped but relatively hard, GripRings use a different approach altogether.
The first week was spent tooling around my local park, picking up my daughter from school and commuting to and from work. I’m liking them a lot so far but tomorrow it’s off to WoodhillÂ for some proper mountainbiking to see how they play with the big boys…
Review samples kindly provided by purveyor of urban bike accessoriesÂ Bells & Whistles.