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.