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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 02-06-08, 01:59 PM   #1
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Gel Cushion Pads

for handlebars. I've seen them on various websites. Any of you use them? Lp
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Old 02-06-08, 02:19 PM   #2
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Not worth the effort. Try wrapping an old inner tube round the bars before taping them. Once you find your sweet spots you can build up layers of tubing in particular areas.
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Old 02-06-08, 02:22 PM   #3
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Today I rode the bike with an old aluminum rigid fork, 120psi 25C armadillo tires (might as well use stone tires) on CPX30 Rims a combo which overall really doesn't absorb any shock. I think the fizik gel I use is part of why after an hour+ on crappy concrete roads I can still type A great fitting bike and good position is probably more important but the gel allows my bars to be big enough and a little absorbing so I don't have any pain.
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I run the Fizik pads. They're re-usable and I like them. They give a larger grip more than cushion it. Since I've got large hands, that works for me.
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I use a small strips of closed-cell foam (closed-cell foam does not absorb water) that they use for packaging computer parts, windows, and other fragile items through the mail. They also sell strips specifically designed for this at many lbs, but it really is the same stuff that you can get for free. I commonly see it in white, black, and gray in packing materials stuff that we keep at work (general office-type place). I have also seen it sold at the hardware and auto parts stores to be used for insulation purposes.

I just cut a strip of 1/4 inch thick, 1/2 inch wide for each side of my roadbars, use adhesive/electrical tape strips that go all the way around the bar, to hold it in place, and then wrap my bar-tape over it. It makes a big difference in comfort for me, especially when I have to ride in heavy traffic areas, where I end up with my hands on the top bar a lot.
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Thanks for the tips. Lp
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Not worth the effort. Try wrapping an old inner tube round the bars before taping them. Once you find your sweet spots you can build up layers of tubing in particular areas.
I tried the inner tube wrap. They look and feel great.
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I use them. I think they help. I used to use Grab-on foam but it would break down after a year or so and the padding would be negligible. I've used Aztek twice (I had to replace a threaded stem, which meant stripping the bars) and Specialized gel pads once. They both seem to help. After I put the gel on I use the foam tape that comes with it, then a layer or two of cloth tape. I end up with a really fat bar to grab, but I have very large hands so it feels right. I think between the the softness of the gel/foam/cloth wrap and the large diameter to diffuse the pressure, I'm more comfortable. Raising the bars to be almost level with my saddle also helped a lot. I don't have nearly the problem with sore, numb hands that I used to.
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When using the inner tube as cushion do you cut it into strips or full thickness cross sections? Lp
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never even thought about the inner tube. Great idea. I guess I need to get a cheap handle bar to practice doing the bar tape.
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