What’s IS the deal with the Dread Lock ODI grips? Aside from being the signature model for biker-extraordinaire Tinker Juarez, ODI grips are just nice grips for your bike. Simple. Straight to the point.
Signature Grips of the Legend
Who is Tinker Juarez? He is a BMX rider turned mountain biker who got into the sport ahead of its time. He rode his BMX professionally in the year 1977, when he was 16. By 1986, he shifted to mountain biking and played for the National Off-Road Bicycle Association (NORBA). He made history and got a lot of titles and awards. He got into the Hall of Fame. He became an icon in the sport due to his love for biking. John Tomac talks about Tinker and he only has praises for this uniquely strong biker.
Now that you know that Tinker is an icon in the world of biking, it is only right to have a signature model grip made for him by ODI. The USA made brand got together and made the DREAD LOCK!
The actual grip is made of AIRE compound. I believe it is taken from the Rasta phrase, “Ire!”— (in Jamaica, it means good, positive vibrations!) The soft yet stable compound makes this grip comfortable and fun to use.
The LOCK makes the grip easy to install and remove. You don’t have to lubricate the grip and force it to the handlebar because it has a tiny hexagonal screw on the red part which you can adjust using an Allen key.
You don’t have to worry about leaning your bike on cars and other sensitive surfaces because the bar end is covered in yellow rubber. No scratches there!
One down side of the rasta colorway grip is that the green color tends to attract dirt and keeps it there. I tried wiping off the grip with a clean rug, but the grime does not easily go off on the Aire compound. So please avoid holding the grip when you are working with the dirty chain.
If you get the other colorways of the Dread Lock, I guess, the issue of “easily-gets-dirty” won’t be a problem.
Under the grip, there are grooves for your finger placement. Thus, the grip feels as if it was molded for your ultimate comfort. Good job, ODI!
There are standard grips and there are special grips. I ordered this made-in-U.S.A. grip to put an accent on my trashy commuter 700c bike. Now the bike is more handsome, thanks to the rasta accent of the DREAD LOCK grip. Thank you, Tinker!