Leave it to the cheeky Brits to come up with bicycle handlebar grips called Gropes that put creative customization — way beyond conventional bar tape — into the palm of your hands. With Alison Lloyd of Ally Capellino handbag fame picking the Italian cowhide, there’s a buttery fingertip feel to these covers.  The wraps, in two sizes and six leather colors, come with strips of adhesive to help them stay put, plus pre-punched holes for easy installation. Eight shades of laces further multiply the options for personalizing your ride. For added inspiration, check out this website to learn 37 different lacing methods. The mind boggles! Optional cork bar end plugs bearing the Gropes monogram are sold separately.

Gropes Leather Handlebar Grip Kits, small (5.7 in) $39 and large (23.1 in) $61. Cork bar ends, $8.

Gropes Handlebar Grips

Gropes Leather Handlebar Wraps

Research by velojoy editorial intern Christina. Photos: nonusual

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