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Old 08-18-08, 12:05 PM   #1
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ergon grips angle

I recently bought some ergon grips with bar ends b/c my normal grips tired my hands. I tried different angles on the ergons but still find that i have hand tireness. I adjusted the angles and tried concentrating on putting pressure on different areas, but maybe i just don't understand how they are supposed to work.

are you supposed to put pressure on the base of your hand on the part of the grip that curves out (the part not found on regular grips)? or are you supposed to angle the grip very steeply just to keep your wrist straight? maybe someone can give me some pointers. thanks.
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Keep fiddling with them. Set the lockring just snug enough that they stay in place, but barely loose enough that you can twist them to adjust. While riding, if you start to feel your wrist getting uncomfortable, twist the grip juuust a bit, then keep riding a while longer.

If you angle them too steep, you won't get any support on your palm & heel, and you'll only be sliding forward and jamming the bar into the crook of your thumb. If they're too flat, it'll be like you're leaning on a table.

Somewhere in between, it'll be just right. You'll notice how much better it is after 30-60 minutes of riding.
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I should add that gloves can help. But, the thing with gloves and Ergon grips is that they're both trying to do the same thing, and they can actually conflict with each other. Look for gloves with minimal padding (Ergon's own gloves have smooth, simple padding) and, if you get full-finger gloves, make sure that the fingers & thumb are long enough to keep from compressing your fingers when you've got a handlebar pressing into your palm.
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Old 08-18-08, 02:43 PM   #4
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Tighten them just enough to keep them from falling off, but loose enough that you can still rotate them. Ride around the block a couple of times moving them around until you find the position that feels most natural to you, then tighten them down the lock screws the rest of the way. It's a subjective thing.

FWIW, I found relief in using Ergon grips, but more relief getting rid of my flat bar and moving to a bar that has some sweep.
Ergon grips + On-One Mary bars = très comfortable.
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Just keep adjusting in very small increments, until you find the sweet spot. For me that ended up being almost perfectly flat, which keeps my wrists straight.

Took lots of adjusting over several days, of fairly long rides.
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Thought I should reiterate (or clarify) something --

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I recently bought some ergon grips with bar ends b/c my normal grips tired my hands. I tried different angles on the ergons but still find that i have hand tireness.
What they do is they help keep your wrists from hurting or going numb. You might feel the effects of such pain in your hands (for instance, my ring & pinky fingers used to feel funky before I switched to Ergon grips), but it would have to have originated from your wrists for the Ergon (or any other similar grip) to help.

The most natural position still comes from bars with some sweep back, like the ones AllenG posted. If I ride long enough on my flatbar bikes, I end up turning my hands to a similar angle. Maybe I should try switching to the Mary bar (and the Midge looks like it'd be nice for my commuter cyclocross bike).
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