By Rob Beschizza at 9:56 am Tue, Jun 2, 2009
When I was a small child, I really liked BMX Bandits. Later, I liked computers. If only I'd had these to segue my interests as a nipper. [Product Page via Wired and Art of Trackstand]
I miss the days of the early 80’s when saying “My Oakleys” meant your grips rather than your sunglasses.
/Oakley 3s (Diamond Back Med Pro)
/Oakley 5s (Torker)
/Now just Oakley Wire Es (My face)
I would buy these if they were in fact QWERTY (and UIOP). They’re not. The keys spell out the manufacturer’s name instead. That’s totally weak.
If you’re into BMX, these are actually pretty funny. They are made by Odyssey and are Aaron Ross’ pro model grips. Aaron is know for making some hard tricks look easy – like he’s got a button on his bike he just presses. If you look there are buttons for ‘whip’ (as in tailwhip), spin (as in 360) and ‘hop’ (as in bunnyhop). No, I don’t work for Odyssey, but do respect Aaron cause that dude shreds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGMdBNOcbYA&feature=related (quality is low). Wild to see BMX on BoingBoing…
Steve Roberts (the guy who rode across the US on a several bikes decked out with serious computer gear in the 80s) built a functional chording keyboard into his handlebars so he could write while riding:
I’ll ditto JWZ on that one. Its like “my adidas, psych!” Slightly disappointed. Won’t be rocking these on the bike polo court.
The talk about oakley bike grips has given me a great idea for a feature on Retro Cycling Vintage . A bit of fact finding is needed on both the early factory pilot glasses and more importantly the Oakley grips. I wonder if they’d ever consider making them again?
I happend upon this artilce durring my daily BMX Google news search. I hate to burst you bublle but these grips have been out for about 2 years now. Of course Iâ€™m useally behind on my tech news. But I suppose as a 36 year old father of two who still rides â€œkidsâ€ bikes i should be flattered. cheap cigarettes
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