Buy Local: Green Grips

The internet can be a beautiful thing. We’ve discovered some really great products and people while doing some afternoon (online) browsing with a strong cup of coffee in tow. Green Grips just so happened to be one of those great products and they seem to be owned by some pretty great people as well!

Green Grips produces cotton handlebar tape that comes in every color under the sun (26 to be exact)! The owners Derek and Kelley are based in Waukesha, WI and are currently being distributed internationally. We’ve even spied that they are sponsors of Paradice Investment Cycling team in New South Wales of all places! Awesome to hear the word is spreading 🙂

We were able to catch up with Kelley and the story of Green Grips is stated as such:

“The story of Green Grips began during the summer of 2008.  Derek and I were spending a lot of time on the bike trails and I began experiencing an allergic reaction to my rubber bike grips.  To alleviate that problem, we began searching for a product to cover my grips, something 100% and eco-friendly.  After difficulty in finding something that would work for me, we decided to create our own product.  We knew what the criteria would have to be: 100% cotton, durable, and environmentally friendly.  Since that summer, we have been striving to make our products better.  We’ve added a rainbow of  colors and 3 different tape choices (Eco-Friendly, Organic, Heavyweight).  We also added wood and cork end plugs to our product line up.  We have a passion for our business and are excited about the future.  We sell our tape on our website, greengrips.org, and we have distributors worldwide.  We hope to continue to grow and get our name out there in the industry.  We would love to become the “go to” cotton tape for riders.”

Green Grips cost $6 a roll and they state you need 2 rolls to cover a complete handlebar. That brings the total to be $12 per bike, which is in line if not a bit less expensive than most “cork” bar tape options available. On the website the rolls are sold individually, but they have recently developed a nice POP (point of purchase) 2 pack display for retail sales. Oh, the packaging is even eco friendly, recycled cardboard! It should also be noted that Green Grips offers eco friendly cork bar plugs for a few bucks a pop. They make it real easy to class up a bike. Slap some shellac on the tape or just ride as is for a nice retro look.

Check the photos below to sneak a peek at Green Grips: greengripscolors greengripspop greengripstape