Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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IMO if you're riding with enough weight on the bars for this to make a difference, you're either not fitted well, or need to change how you hold the bars. There's no reason to have that much load on the heel of your hand. You can relax the grip and hold the bars at the end of your palms, using wrist flex to absorb shock.
Plus you can rotate between the various other hand positions. The center of the top is the worst place to hold a bar since it means you're not available to the brakes without changing the grip. Most riders use the position only for climbing, in which case they're pulling, not resting on the bar. Or for rest intervals, while drinking or eating, or when tooling along on a quiet road while chatting with riding buddies.
If you're spending much more time than that on the tops, it's a sign that you weren't properly fitted.
Sorry for the lecture, I know this is what you want, but don't expect you'll find one, because it requires a split stem, and 25.4 (or even 26mm) split stems aren't common.
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