What is Grippine
Grippine are flexible silicone shells adaptable to any kind of plastic pedals. The material and geometry of the texture guarantee a firm grip and adhesion between the bike pedal and the sole of the shoe. A useful accessory to give new life to old pedals, to customize and color your bicycle, to be applied with a simple gesture, without the need for keys, screws and bolts.Most of the pedals of the city bikes are made of plastic and, without suitable shoes, the grip is poor. Unlike racing bikes or fixed gear, city bikes do not have special attacks for shoes and, if you use your bike daily, it is not possible to adapt your style to the pedal. The grip gets worse in case of rain or when the entire weight of the body is on the pedals to ride in an upright position, and especially for girls who use the bike in heels.
We focused our research on this problem. Our first solution was a pedal with a hard polymer structure and gripping surfaces, but the prototype's advantage over conventional pedals didn't justify its complexity.We then started again from scratch and aimed to design a product in which materials, manufacturing and usage followed the guideline of simplicity
Thus, Grippine was born: a project by Sovrappensiero Design Studio.
The crowdfunding campaign
With Eppela and your help, now we can raise the funds necessary for the realization of the mold and the production of Grippine.
The project was realized thanks to the technical support for materials of GTS (www.gts-seals.it) and thanks to the knowledge in bike frames and ergonomics of Gianmaria Citron Ferriveloci (www.ferriveloci.com).
Photo Credit: Dario De Sirianna
Graphic and communication: Chiara Gustinelli
Pietro Malvezzi: director
Glare Studio: camera
Domenico Rescigno: actor
Thea Sturme: actor
Federico Stanzani / Cinelli: Props
Federico Percacci: the voice
Project created by
Sovrappensiero Design Studio
Was born in Milan in 2007 from the creative collaboration between Lorenzo De Rosa and Ernesto Iadevaia. Recognized among the most interesting emerging designers in Italy, they collaborate with several companies of Italian design as Porada, Seletti, Incipit, Corraini and Manerba. In 2014 they won the 1st prize in the competition "Young & Design", with the project “Cook” realized for the company Mamoli. Product design is combined with interior design and communication.