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    Neil_B
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    Roark gets a grip!

    Latest addition to Roark, Ergon Grips and bar-ends:







    I had my shop put them on for the upcoming tour. Since both experience and the Brooks saddle have made me better able to ride for longer stretches without dismounting, I've been encountering numbness in my hands and pressure on my wrists. We discussed trekking bars, but decided on the bar-ends because trekking bars will either require a new stem to keep the shifters and brakes in roughly the same position they are now, or I'll have to adjust to a new bike fit. Since I'm sensitive to bike fit and am riding a 700 mile tour in six days, I didn't want to monkey with my riding position.

    My seven mile test ride was pretty good with these. Topher, the shop mechanic and probably the model for the comic-strip wrench Yehuda Moon, spent about ten minutes with me adjusting the fit. These grips are slightly more horizontal than mountain bikers like them, but most of my riding is seated, and I don't stand to pedal, so I'm not likely to yank up on the bars. I immediately felt less pressure on my wrists, and I'm able to reach the bar-ends, shifters, brakes, light, and bell without any difficulty. I still might shift to trekking bars in the future, since they will allow me to use a handlebar bag and give me more dashboard space, but these grips and bar-ends are full of promise.

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    Nice upgrades! Using your bar ends will be very similar to riding on the hoods of drop bars.

    V

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    Id forgotten about Yehuda Moon over the winter-it got crazy at work and I didn't have a lot of free time to surf. Thanks for reminding me!

    I have some friends with Type I and II-ill be thinking of you over the week. Good luck! Let us know how you like those smaller Ergon paddle grips. Ive looked at them but not taken the plunge yet. Their regular mountain bike technical grips are awesome so these probably wont be far off the mark.

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    Looking awesome, Neil! I really love how Roark has evolved over the past several years, into one heck of a touring machine. I second the "let me know", as I've been considering them for my flat-bar machine (the Hardrock).

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    Neil_B
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdinger View Post
    Looking awesome, Neil! I really love how Roark has evolved over the past several years, into one heck of a touring machine. I second the "let me know", as I've been considering them for my flat-bar machine (the Hardrock).
    The only slight drawback is that the grips, believe it or not, throw off my fit a little. I felt it a little after the ride yesterday, a tenseness in my shoulders. I'm sure that will work itself out, however.

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    Are you sure changing things before a tour is a good idea? The reason I say this is that slight tenseness in the shoulders after a short ride could be a huge problem at mile 100 or 400.

    V

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    Quote Originally Posted by vXhanz View Post
    Are you sure changing things before a tour is a good idea? The reason I say this is that slight tenseness in the shoulders after a short ride could be a huge problem at mile 100 or 400.

    V
    It's an improvement on what I had before, which was wrist pain and numbness. But I'll keep an eye on it. Shoulder tension shouldn't be a problem, I deal with it on every long ride.

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    They look comfy. I have a set of similar grips on my mountain bike. I put them on a few months ago and I immediatly noticed a reduction in hand/wrist fatigue. I didn't go with bar ends though. Let us know how they worked out when you get back. Enjoy the tour!

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    I've got the same set up on my Dahon Speed TR and Dahon Jetsteam XP.

    What I've found even better is the Cane Creek Ergo II bar ends.

    Tell me you didn't pay anybody to put them on and they just did it because you bought them there.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrekJapan View Post
    I've got the same set up on my Dahon Speed TR and Dahon Jetsteam XP.

    What I've found even better is the Cane Creek Ergo II bar ends.

    Tell me you didn't pay anybody to put them on and they just did it because you bought them there.

    John
    They didn't charge me for installation. Nor for keeping the wrench 25 minutes past closing.

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    Phew! You had me worried there for a minute.

    One thing I can tell you about the bar ends is they don't like to be leaned against anything and scuff easily. They're made of magnesium as well and I live in a high salt environment. Magnesium is one of the most active (anodic) metals that there is.

    If you put a big nasty scratch in one (as I have) get some kind of coating back over the top of them, provided the scratch exposes bare metal.

    I have a set on my Jetstream XP and I used to lean it against stuff. Mine are beat to heck on that bike.

    I don't have so much as a tiny scratch on my Speed TR because I know better now.

    Get the Ergo II grips if those don't work out for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    The only slight drawback is that the grips, believe it or not, throw off my fit a little. I felt it a little after the ride yesterday, a tenseness in my shoulders. I'm sure that will work itself out, however.
    Honestly? I can totally believe it. I changed BAR TAPE and it threw off my fit, the new tape was more comfy so I found I was tending to put my hands more on the bars themselves, and not on the hoods.

    I'm sure it'll all come together for you. Ironically enough, I find that when I use barends, and now my new wider bars, my shoulder issues go away completely. Since putting on the 48cm Nitto Noodles, this week I've done some rather long rides - not a one has bothered my shoulders. You might try using the barends a bit more and see how that helps!

    Ben

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    Interesting! Do keep me posted, as I'm seriously thinking about putting those grips on my Trek 7200 later this week (either that or delta ergobars....anything to approximate hoods and give me extra hand positions)

    Tom

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