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Got mine yesterday and took them for a ride today. Love the quality of the silicone!
The end pieces were a bit tough to install, but no big deal. Looking forward to when these become available again so I can pick up some more as presents!
Woo-hoo! Got mine today (Indianapolis, IN, $40 level) They look and feel great. Can't wait to install them tomorrow.
Sorry for the delay everyone. We're getting all the inventory ready for the $20 and $40 backers and will ship everything out next week ( July 16th-20th).
It's almost mid July now and was wondering if there's any update/status on when the rings will start shipping out?
GripRings received today (in France). Awesome product, easy to install. The most difficult thing was to remove previous grips.
Thanks for the hand written message... and you are welcome !
We had a little delay while waiting for T-shirts to be completed by our printer. We picked those up yesterday and will have all Early Bird shipments out this week. You'll see them very soon!
How u doing, u have some news to international backers beacuse Im waiting for my EARLY BIRD BIKE SHOP STARTER KIT!...Thanks
Also like Yuval, i´m wondering about the shipping, because I´m international backer, so I guess that I have to wait more time than usual nacional backer, right?
We will send an email out to bike shop backers by the end of this week to request color preferences and a ship to address. Product will ship before the end of May.
Do you have an estimate for shipping the EARLY BIRD BIKE SHOP STARTER KIT?
We are openning in three weeks and would really love having the grip rings when that happens.
No problem Jay, we'll ship them when you're ready.
Can you hold off on sending mine also? I'm having a near impossible time to get my friend to make a choice...
Thank you, Jay
@Meghan — I figure zeaxanthin is pretty darn lightfast, but if it should fade, I'll just end up with a subtle straw-yellow color, kinda like a yellow-white tea rose. Which could still prove ugly, but who knows? If that dosen't work out, I could always just re-dye the GripRings.
Just let us know when you figure out the pattern you want and we'll get them sent over for your new bike. No rush.
I'm in the process of looking for my first bike so I'm not able to answer the survey questions just yet... it it possible for me to delay my custom order a bit?
Yes, you can send us 4 different ring codes and we'll get you exactly what you want.
Lukefabis, about the dye - I dyed the silicon frog lights on my bike using RIT dye; I boiled the housings in it for a while. They looked AWESOME but the dye faded to a dull light brown (from dark purple) over time. If the yellow-orange pastel fades, it might just turn dirty yellow, like stuff that's been stained from cigarette smoke - not a great look. Good luck with it. :)
Hi! I am SO happy this project was funded! Congratulations! I pledged for two pairs of rings (and a shirt! :D) but I'm wondering - do the rings need to be the same pattern on each handlebar? Could I send you up to 4 codes for different patterns, two patterns per pair? Thank you so much and congrats again!
For those wondering how they will choose their ring colors...We will send out a kickstarter survey later this week. One of the questions will ask for your ring color selection. Until then, please try out the builder at http://spurcycle.com/builder/demo_builder.html. Use this builder to determine exactly what color combination will best complement your ride.
On the subject of dyeing, silicone can absorb nonpolar organic solvents without degrading, so I figured I could dissolve some zeaxanthin (a chemical that gives a yellow to orange color to corn, marigolds, autumn leaves, and dead houseplants) in hexane and let the GripRings stew in it for a few days.
Not expecting anything especially bold, but I'm thinking a nice yellow-orange pastel tint might be achieved that way. Of course, different silicones have different properties, so I thought that could be something your manufacturer would know.
I'm excited to get the product. But I'm just wondering if i missed something. As an early bird backer i'm supposed to get the rings in May. How and when am I going to choose the colors?? Thanks for your repyl.
We haven't tried dyeing the rings. I suspect it will be hard to achieve vibrant dyed colors, but it could be worth a try. If you find a dye for cured silicone let us know and we can try it out.
Out of curiosity, how readily can GripRings be dyed? I'm considering getting the white ones and dying them my own color.
Sorry I looked over your question about offering end cap colors. Currently we are only molding black end caps. If we receive enough requests for color matched end caps we will explore molding them in all the colors.
Can't wait. Such a great concept. All the best.
CONGRATS GUYS! Hope this success is the first of many for you and some more great products.
Congrats guys. Glad to see this get off the ground
A typical grip inner diameter is around 20mm. GripRings are 17mm. This means they stretch from 17mm to 22mm once on a handlebar. The additional stretch is what keeps them in place. Unlike most grips which are very difficult to install or require some adhesive to remain secure, GripRings tight handlebar constriction is all that is needed to keep them set in place.
How tight are the rings (as a group) on the handlebars? (I'm hoping tighter-than-usual, since each individual ring could be medium-hard to fit, so the group would be better).
That is exciting!
Please pay attention to matter of after-ride cleaning. Would that be easier to trap dirt or grease between the joints?
Are there any plans to offer colored end caps as well?
We are working on both the T-shirt design and a beta version of the online grip builder, so backers can visualize their ring color selections. Look for an update tomorrow!
What are the T-shirts going to look like?
Awesome, I'm sharing the link to the page everywhere! I really hope this succeeds!
Our early production will be made in China. There are many reasons to make a product like ours in the USA, especially since it includes such a relatively small labor component. Unfortunately, the initial capital costs on the project are much, much lower in China so we've chosen to get setup there first. Once we can build a little traction, we look to move the production to a manufacturer as local as possible, ideally here in California.
Where are these rings made, USA or China?
Very cool product. I have a couple of bikes that I am customizing and these grips will be an outstanding way to make them unique.
Thanks for the comment Doug. Yes, we did explore a flange design for a bit, but discovered it would require integration into lock-on hardware to be secure. We are currently working on some lock-on designs and will keep the flange in mind. Thanks for the backing!
Have you considered making a "flange" ring so that it could be used on the inside like a BMX grip or on the outside like an Oury grip?
Pretty nice packaging! Can't wait for your product to hit the streets!
Way to go you two. Can't wait to see them in the stores. What a great stocking stuffer for Christmas. Although, I don't want to wait for Christmas to get mine!