City Grips Sew-on Leather Grips

Roll through the city with the comfort of fine leather with the Walnut Studiolo City Grips.

Made for flat handlebars, the City Grips sew on to your bars for a custom fit, while the natural oils in your hands beautifully age the leather with a stunning patina.

The vegetable-tanned leather is finished with Walnut Studiolo’s weatherproof dressing to ensure your City Grips stay chic regardless of the conditions.

Like all our leather, these bar wraps will last you a lifetime. You can transfer them from bike to bike, handlebar to handlebar, and they will only get more beautiful with use and time. You get to keep the patina you've earned. Simply cut the stitching and re-install the same way you installed them the first time (replacement stitch kits and optional double-sided tape available in our Parts section.

The simple installation will be a point of pride. The City Grips come as a kit that you install yourself and includes pre-punched stitching guides, needle and waxed thread, and instructions (bar ends not included).

Need help deciding which pair of bar wraps to get? Other questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions specifically for our Bicycle Handlebar Wraps. 

INSTALLATION: Watch a how-to video on our YouTube channel


See a picture installation guide on our Snapguide channel HERE:
How to Install Leather City Bike Grips by Walnut Studiolo on Snapguide.

KIT CONTENTS: Included in each purchase is two grips, a stitch kit containing needle, thread, and instructions. Bar plugs not included, read more in our blog post.  

SPARE PARTS: Our high quality leather can be uninstalled from one set of handlebars and re-installed on a new set. Replacement stitch kits, double-sided tape, and leather care dressing available in our Parts section. 

COLORS: Natural, Honey, Dark Brown, Black 

THREADS: White, Tan, Dark Brown, Black 

MATERIALS: Vegetable-tanned leather

DIMENSIONS: Fits 7/8" (22mm) diameter city bicycle handlebars x 5 1/2" (140mm) long. Cuts to length easily with an exacto blade or scissors.

MONOGRAMMING: Yes! This item can be monogrammed with up to 4 characters using our 1/2" font set. Monogramming can add 2-3 days to the turnaround time. Monogram placement is shown in the last photo.  Learn more about monograms.

PHOTOGRAPHY: To see more images of customers with Walnut Studiolo gear, follow us on Instagram with hashtag #walnutstudiolo. Photography credit: Erin Berzel Photography and Austin Goodman. Installation photo by customer Kelly Shaeffer. 

Customer Reviews

Based on 48 reviews
City grips

Great service, and great grips :)


Bicycle Leather Handlebar Grips - The "City Grips"

Excellent product, easy install

Leather grips look really clean, very high quality with beautiful finish. Shrunk a bit more than I expected after install, leaving a gap between the bar end and the grip, but otherwise looks great.


Bicycle Leather Handlebar Grips - The "City Grips"

Almost perfect

Before purchasing I had two concerns:
1) The grips wouldn't provide enough padding to adequately absorb shock.
2) I couldn't find any information on how long to submerge the leather to mold it without ruining the leather.

The first concern turned out to be a non-issue. Full disclosure: I have a cromoly fork so your mileage may vary, but I found he streamlined feel to be very ergonomic and pleasant. I have no issues riding over ridges or hitting potholes. No sprained wrists to date!

2) This one's a bit more nuanced. I did some independent research and learned about the difference between temperatures and length of time soaking he leather. The hotter the water, the more malleable the leather will be, but it will shrink more and become harder upon drying. I went for a middle-ground. I soaked them in as hot of water as I could stand for about 30s - 1m. They formed easily, and didn't shrink or harden more than the acceptable threshold. In retrospect, I wish I would've left about 1-2mm hanging off the edge of the handlebars but the little bit of exposed bar underneath isn't a deal-breaker for me.

The issue I did encounter was that the adhesive strip on he underside prevented one of the grips from completely absorbing water, and it dried with what looked like a big sweat stain prominently on the front of the grip. It made my OCD itch. My bike was left out in the rain overnight about a week later and the "stain" faded to look more like grain patterns. It is beautiful and adds character.

I did a baseball stitch and found the process to be fun and approachable for someone with no prior experience. It looks very uniform and adds the perfect accent to accompany my Brooks B17! I would give it 5 stars but I'm docking one for the lack of guidance on how to make soaking decisions on the part of Walnut. A blog post or video could've saved me a lot of time.

I would buy and install these again without hesitation. Length of ownership: 1month.

Thank you for this review and beautiful pictures! Our installation video is now on YouTube here: A word on water temperature for future customers: We recommend using room temperature to lukewarm water. Length of soakage time is flexible, it just needs to be long enough that the leather is pliable for installation and doesn't need to be any longer than that. We've updated our installation instructions with this detail. Thank you again for the great feedback!
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