Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Nonusual "Gropes" - Anybody heard of them?

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Nonusual "Gropes" - Anybody heard of them?

Old 01-12-12, 10:41 AM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
Roypercy's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Brooklyn NY
Posts: 410

Bikes: 1987 Schwinn Super Sport

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 39 Post(s)
Liked 14 Times in 9 Posts
Nonusual "Gropes" - Anybody heard of them?

Just came across this website:


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.

Last edited by Roypercy; 01-12-12 at 10:44 AM.
Roypercy is offline  
Old 01-12-12, 10:43 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 229
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Seems almost like a joke website given the name of the product.
toosahn is offline  
Old 01-12-12, 10:45 AM
Senior Member
ColonelJLloyd's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Louisville
Posts: 8,382
Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 109 Post(s)
Liked 6 Times in 5 Posts
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.
Bikes on Flickr
I prefer email to private messages. You can contact me at justinhughes@me.com
ColonelJLloyd is offline  
Old 01-12-12, 10:49 AM
Giacomo 1 
Senior Member
Giacomo 1's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Queens NYC
Posts: 3,175

Bikes: Colnago Super, Basso Gap, Pogliaghi, Fabio Barecci, Torelli Pista, Miyata 1400A

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 315 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 9 Times in 9 Posts
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.
It never gets easier, you just go faster. ~ Greg LeMond
Giacomo 1 is offline  
Old 01-12-12, 10:56 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 21,229
Mentioned: 567 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3895 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1,376 Times in 1,001 Posts
+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.
T-Mar is offline  
Old 01-12-12, 11:02 AM
lostarchitect's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Catskills/Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 6,960

Bikes: See sig

Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 40 Post(s)
Liked 37 Times in 24 Posts
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.

1964 JRJ (Bob Jackson), 1973 Wes Mason, 1974 Raleigh Gran Sport, 1986 Schwinn High Sierra, 2000ish Colian (Colin Laing), 2011 Dick Chafe, 2013 Velo Orange Pass Hunter
lostarchitect is offline  
Old 01-12-12, 11:11 AM
multimodal commuter
rhm's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: NJ, NYC, LI
Posts: 19,640

Bikes: 1940s Fothergill, 1959 Allegro Special, 1963? Claud Butler Olympic Sprint, Lambert 'Clubman', 1974 Fuji "the Ace", 1976 Holdsworth 650b conversion rando bike, 1983 Trek 720 tourer, 1984 Counterpoint Opus II, 1993 Basso Gap, 2010 Downtube 8h, and...

Mentioned: 527 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1798 Post(s)
Liked 306 Times in 202 Posts
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.
rhm is offline  
Old 01-12-12, 12:01 PM
Fair Weather Cyclist
Transformer's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 147

Bikes: R&M Frog, Moulton TSR

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
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).
Transformer is offline  
Old 01-12-12, 12:04 PM
David Newton
David Newton's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Beaumont, Tx
Posts: 2,301

Bikes: Raleigh Sports: hers. Vianelli Professional & Bridgestone 300: mine

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
I didn't look at the link because I've been groped nonusually, and don't want to be reminded. Very awkward.
David Newton is offline  
Old 01-12-12, 04:18 PM
Keener splendor
TimmyT's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA, right now
Posts: 2,566

Bikes: Black Mountain Cycles Road, Cannondale CAAD12, Bob Jackson Vigorelli, Simoncini, Ritchey Road Logic

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 264 Post(s)
Liked 34 Times in 20 Posts
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.
TimmyT is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Classic & Vintage
02-20-15 10:17 PM
Classic & Vintage
12-22-11 05:32 PM
10-21-10 02:31 PM
03-08-10 03:59 PM
Classic & Vintage
01-31-10 01:20 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.