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 ūüôā

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

PDW Origami Fenders

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Fenders. Love them or hate them, they are necessary when the rainy/snowy season approaches. We’ve tried a few different versions of fenders over the years. The Planet Bike Hardcore fenders, PDW’s Soda Pop fenders (which we would totally purchase again, but wanted to try something different), and D.I.Y fenders made with random items.

This time around the PDW Oragami fenders are getting the call. These fenders seemed most ideal because of their small overall size on the bike. They are also recyclable and you can get replacement parts directly from PDW should you break or lose anything.The latter tends to be quite important as most of our full coverage fenders have suffered ill fates. Toe overlap and crashing out seems to be a common theme in their demise.

The actual assembly of the Origami fenders is quite genius. You punch each fender out of the hang card, bend it a little at the score marks, attach the hardware (all it takes is a small Philips head screwdriver and a 4mm Allen key- the Allen key is included). Viola! You have fenders! (Oh yeah, they snap in place)

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Viola! Fenders
Viola! Fenders

Portland Design Works also has really great videos on their website showing how to assemble all of their products.
http://vimeo.com/15140615 <–Rear Fender
http://vimeo.com/15110663 <–Front Fender

There’s no photo of them on the bike, yet. We’d like to test them out a bit for a full review with photos. Mounting on the bike was super easy though and the hardware is crazy easy to set up.

It should be noted that the fenders are not sold as a set. They are sold separately with the front retailing for $20 and the rear for $25. I’d say the simplicity of installation alone is worth the money. We’ll see how they hold up after a few months use. One of the best things about them is they work on road, hybrid, or mountain bikes. If you want one set of fenders for each bike, this is the route to go. They seem like they’d be easy to transfer from bike to bike.

Ride On!