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Nonusual "Gropes" - Anybody heard of them?

Old 01-12-12, 10:41 AM
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Nonusual "Gropes" - Anybody heard of them?

Just came across this website:

https://www.nonusual.com/

For less than a roll of Brooks leather tape, I think I know what my bike is gettin' for her birthday. Pretty sweet! Anybody here ever try it?

No connection, etc. I was wondering what I'd use on my Motobecane since I have to get rid of the original bars with the fake leather wrap, (long story) glad to see somebody's making the real thing.

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Old 01-12-12, 10:43 AM
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Seems almost like a joke website given the name of the product.
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I've used the VO elkhide and I like it a lot. I don't think I'd care for the look or feel of the huge laces on the Gropes.
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They look really nice, but I noticed in the gallery of pictures that the only drop bar bikes shown are fixies with no brakes. I'm guessing thats because you can't really wrap the brakes up with this.
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+1. I suspect this wrap is too thick to sit under the lever and still allow the lever to be fastened to the clamp. Plus, it would probably bunch up trying to fit around the tight, near 180 degree curve of the drops.
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I kind of dig it, for certain bikes.

Although FYI, you can get some very good leather tape from Nashbar for $35, less when it goes on sale. I use it and really like it--it needs to be proofhided, though.

https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...3_10000_202444
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It looks to me like someone's cottage industry. I respect that; but if I wanted that I would make my own, and just between you and me I think I could do a little better.
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Those look awesome and less intimidating to install than VO sew-ups. I currently have Nashbar leather wrap on my moustache bars (which looks like it will last a long time), but Gropes will be next (if they're still around).
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I didn't look at the link because I've been groped nonusually, and don't want to be reminded. Very awkward.
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They are British, and the Brits do things a bit different over the pond. They aren't for me, but to each his or her own.
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