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    Suggestions for Grips???

    Hello, i've just begun using my mountain bike for commuting. i also use it for rough mountain biking in the woods. i am going to be taking my grips off so i figured i might as well get new ones since i currently have some roughed up ones.

    i'm curious what sort of grips i should get since i'll be needing good grips for rough riding but comfortable ones as well that won't get sticky or worn out by sweat. At the same time i'd like to keep the price at a VERY, VERY low one. However i will take any suggestions. :-)
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    I use the Cane Creek bar ends with just any grips on the flat bar bike. Cane Creek also makes a matching clamp on grip. Looks nice but I can't justify the price for the grips. The bar ends are where my hands go anyway, and they were pricy enough.

    I wanted the Ergon grips on my other bike, but it uses a road bike sized handlebar, and I don't think clamp on grips are going to work there so I got the Bontrager Satalite Plus grips. Same idea as the Ergon, but able to cram them onto the bigger bar.

    You might like the Salsa Pepperjacks. It's a BMX grip, but who cares how they designate it.
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    Ritchey TrueGrips are pretty good and inexpensive.

    http://rbikes.com/itemdetails.cfm?catalogId=39&id=10838

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    Crane Creek ones look nice. It looks like i'd get a good grip on them. Those TrueGrips are a good price though. Thanks for the input. i am getting a better idea of what brands i should look at.
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    My favorite grips are these velo foam grips and they are cheap. I tried some other foam grips thinking that foam is foam. Well let me put it this way. I have a barely used set of titec porkrind grips for free if you want them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flipjarg
    i'm curious what sort of grips i should get since i'll be needing good grips for rough riding but comfortable ones as well that won't get sticky or worn out by sweat. At the same time i'd like to keep the price at a VERY, VERY low one. However i will take any suggestions. :-)
    Pipe Insulation meets all your requirements.
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    I'm rapidly closing on trying the pipe insulation ILTB. I have a tandem, the front of which is a t***** small for me. This means that, with a suitably long seatpost, I'm leaning forward onto the (priest style) bars rather more than I'd want to, given that they have hard plastic grips with ridges. Whoever designed those did it to hurt me. Anyhow, if I can't find a suitably long stem anywhere in my boxes of stuff to get me up to the right position, I'll be trying the insulation. And maybe trying it anyway. I have some, after all, so there's nothing to lose....

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
    Pipe Insulation meets all your requirements.
    A better choice since it's one piece and less likely to come loose when you don't want it to is Grab-on grips. Slightly denser than pipe insulation and not split. I've been using these for about the last 15 years and they beat the pants off of any other grip, in my opinion.
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    I am using a set of cane creek bar ends and cork grips. They two realy help lessen the vibration/fatigue in my experience.

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    Ourys come in a ton of colors, are cheap, and last forever. Pepperjacks are my next favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute
    A better choice since it's one piece and less likely to come loose when you don't want it to is Grab-on grips. Slightly denser than pipe insulation and not split. I've been using these for about the last 15 years and they beat the pants off of any other grip, in my opinion.

    This is another type of pipe wrap. It's more like rubber than foam. Stretches tight and the split stays closed better. But, it also tends to compress more. The closed cell foam type that ILTB uses keeps its shape, and is pretty shock absorbant. It's basically the same stuff found inside some suspension seatposts.


    These are somewhat similar to cyccomute's, but even cheaper.

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    A good deed...

    Thanks for the input all. i never thought of using pipe insulation! i will keep that in mind for the future. However, a good deed has been done. Dalmore, kindly, has donated a pair of grips to me!

    Thanks everyone for the input. i'm bookmarking this page for future reference.
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    So how do you like those bar end/grip combo thingies? I'm not planning on changing to drops or other bar options, but would like a little more options on my plain jane flat bar. I saw these mentioned in a previous thread and was thinking I might give them a try.

    What about my bar end mirror (which I like a lot) can I put that on these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG
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    +1 ... I love those things!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeuser
    +1 ... I love those things!
    I didn't know they made Ergons for gripshift. I ended up cutting my full sized ones to fit with my gripshift.

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    This is what I use.

    That and a pair of bike gloves

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varroa
    I didn't know they made Ergons for gripshift. I ended up cutting my full sized ones to fit with my gripshift.
    You did the right thing, I bought a set for grip shifters, both were short. I returned them and got a full size set and cut the right one down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG
    Ergons
    Haven't gotten these, but I suspect I may at some point. Between all the computer work I do, my knitting habit, and a pinched nerve in my shoulder that occasionally flares up, I need all the ergonomic help I can get. I test rode a bike with these on it, and they felt very nice.
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    Donna,
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    Quote Originally Posted by donnamb
    ...and a pinched nerve in my shoulder that occasionally flares up...
    I know what you mean. I dislocated my left shoulder 2 weeks ago. There's still some nerve "pinching" going on. These grips really do help with my left shoulder problems.

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    If somebody tells me those Ergons slide on (more or less) instead of clamp on, I'm going to order a pair. The catalog I saw looked like the clamped on, which probably wouldn't work on road bike sized bars.
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    They have a lock nut to secure them. I've put them on flat bars, mary bars, albatross, and north roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn
    This is what I use.

    That and a pair of bike gloves
    i was looking at those. Maybe when i have money to spend i'll get a pair. But i'll be using the ones i put on next as long as they last.
    i am a cheap man. But i love biking. My bike was purchased for $5 and i am making it into a masterpiece!

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