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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 08-11-13, 10:20 AM   #1
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Anybody use foam pipe insulations on their bars?

I put some on about 2 weeks ago and i must say, it helps a lot with my hand numbness, i cut it to lenght and wrapped it with medical cohesive pandages, (COBAN)... cheap fix and my hands are lovin it....
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I wrap the bars with an old tube, then cover with bar tape.
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Hadn't thought about the tube??? good idea...My hands go numb really fast and i know it's because my core isn't strong enough yet...i consciously try to hold my sholders up and keep weight off the hands but, it's not there yet....The foam helps for now...
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The nice part of using a tube is you can wrap it thick or thin.
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I might have to try this....Thanks 10 wheels...
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I put some on about 2 weeks ago and i must say, it helps a lot with my hand numbness, i cut it to lenght and wrapped it with medical cohesive pandages, (COBAN)... cheap fix and my hands are lovin it....
Actually on my 1st $15 bike I used pipe insulation on the flat parts and an old tube as bar tape.
Helped with two areas. I didn't have much $$$ to use and my hands hurt so bad.

Put 1500 miles on the bike.

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Actually on my 1st $15 bike I used pipe insulation on the flat parts and an old tube as bar tape.
Helped with two areas. I didn't have much $$$ to use and my hands hurt so bad.

Put 1500 miles on the bike.

I like that bike frame...i am looking for one locally, i thought i found one for $20 Friday but they have not returned my message,,, must be gone...
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Specialized Bar Phat tape kit ... good stuff.

thick tape and has gel inserts you place directly on the bars and then wrap the tape around.
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Anybody use foam pipe insulation on their bars?

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how does it absorb sweat would be my question? I'd just double wrap foam bar tape or do one gel and foam over it.
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I used Grab-On Foam Grips a bunch of years ago. It felt much nicer than plain old insulating foam and was sized for bike handlebars. If I remember correctly, it lasted a couple of years. Looks like they still make the stuff.

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When I started riding again about 10? years ago, I basically had to "rebuild" an old 73ish 10 speed bike that had sat on my brothers porch for 25 years in the Redding, CA. sun.
Grips were rotted amongst every thing else that wasn't metal. (tires were about 2/3 "missing")
I had some pipe insulation handy and the price was right.
Only problem was it was a bit thick and didn't allow full brake lever travel.
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how does it absorb sweat would be my question? I'd just double wrap foam bar tape or do one gel and foam over it.
I wear gloves and on my 26 mile ride yesterday it did fine, the Cohesive bandage i put on it is pretty good, there are 2 types or pipe insulation the one that is very low density and one higher density, i use the high density stuff... I will probably try some specific bar tape with gel strips at a point but the insulation works for me right now...
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I've been using the pipe insulation on mine for about a month. My gel gloves would leak dye all over my hands after a 25 mile ride (I sweat profusely). Put the pipe insulation on the handlebars and threw the gloves away. Works better than the gloves did and cost $1.50 for 6 feet.
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For me i think the tape i use on them is making a difference...Coban from 3M.
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I wrap the bars with an old tube, then cover with bar tape.
^ another gem from a high mileage rider.... Thanks!
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Yep, i wil trythis but my problem is 3 fold, Circulation, Arthritis and carpa tunnel Syndrome,. The fat grip helps a lot but i may be able to wrapt the tube with more layers where i need them the most and then wrap with bar tape???? I think the density of the tube might work a bit better than the insulation although, it has helped me alot...I like my road bike but i like the upright position so i might try to find a beater and bastardize it into a race hybrid...LOL, maybe a recliner with some stirrups.....Zero gravity handle bars...Airflo cushion...
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I put some on about 2 weeks ago and i must say, it helps a lot with my hand numbness, i cut it to lenght and wrapped it with medical cohesive pandages, (COBAN)... cheap fix and my hands are lovin it....
Very inventive!
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I had done the same thing a while back with a rake and it helped... My hands stay more open and the circulation seems to be better...I had to put fat grips on my Harley because of the same reason...
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I guess that is why some of us Clydes ride those recumbents. Mine is a delta trike with about 3" of seat padding and arms straight out. No pressure on the hands or arms and shoulders. Very comfortable ride. Just need a tv and it would be like sitting in my easy chair at home. IMHO....
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I have used foam pipe wrap on bar ends; covered it with bar tape. I had a foam stuff put on a road bike (when had 10 speeds not 14 or 21) the LBS sold it in place of bar wrap. When and if I got a road bike I would get foam pipe wrap and put it on then wrap the handlebars.
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