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chico1st 12-19-09 09:17 AM

Fancy flat grips any good?
 
I have been seeing these fancy grips popping up all over the place and was wondering if anyone has tried them. Are they much better than normal flat bar grips?


I get the principle but im curious about whether or not it actually works well.

JanMM 12-19-09 09:51 AM

I find them more comfortable on our flat bar tandem.

stapfam 12-19-09 11:31 AM

I have never used them- but the normal shape grips come in a variety of types. The material is normally rubber but can vary in densitiy and diameter. I like a firm grip with a large diameter and use a couple of types that fit my hands comfortably. If they are good enough for a 6 hour ride without making my hands ache----They work for me.

dewaday 12-19-09 11:42 AM

I've got a pair with the attached bar ends and like them quite a bit. FYI, they come in two sizes so make sure you get the ones best for your hands.

BarracksSi 12-19-09 01:13 PM

I've got those on two bikes now. I like 'em. The only drawback is that they don't work so well in other riding positions like crouching low out of the wind. But, once set up for how you ride most often, they're excellent.

With grips like these, it helps to find a good angle. Spend the first few rides with them set just a bit loose -- loose enough that you can turn them, but tight enough that they'll stay in place under normal circumstances. You could even set them at different angles and see which one feels better.

BA Commuter 12-19-09 01:19 PM

They are very comfortable! I have them on my flat bar mountain bike. They fit great in the palm of my hand...

ddez 12-19-09 02:27 PM

I have them on all my bikes.Definately set them when riding as explained in previous threads.I find doing that, i get them perfect.One side on all my bikes is set slightly different showing my body is outa wack, which is why its good to set them on bike while riding.It has cured my sore wrists,shoulder and neck problems,completely.

martianone 12-19-09 05:14 PM

My partner has the Ergo grips on her touring bike, she can ride for hours without discomfort.
On a bike before the Ergo grips, her wrists would be uncomfortable after a couple of hours.
Also important is bike fit- we invested a lot of time and effort in tweaking the touring bike
to get the fit perfect.

Condorita 12-19-09 07:35 PM

Stock on The Black Pearl, and I'm loving them!

dmac49 12-21-09 06:59 AM

I have them on all my flat bar bikes. I'm spoiled now. On my loaner bike I use for friends everyone loves them and asks where I got them.

dynodonn 12-21-09 08:33 AM

I have them on my two main commuters, after I found the most comfortable position, my hand numbness diminished dramatically using these grips as compared to the numerous round grips that I've tried.

nowheels 12-21-09 08:43 AM

Ergon grips rock.... have them on all my bikes anymore... converted my wife, son and friend to them after they complained about hand pain.

Nermal 12-21-09 07:52 PM

I love my ergon grips - without the bar ends.

nahh 12-21-09 08:27 PM

I have a pair that aren't currently in use because I don't currently have a flatbar bike, but they're amazing.

they'll probably go on my dad's touring bike this spring.

HauntedMyst 12-22-09 01:13 AM

I love mine too, though I made the mistake of getting the bar end version. The bar ends suck. How do those of you with real hills like them? In Chicago, we don't have many hills but I would imagine they aren't ideal in really hilly areas. Am I off the mark?

MilitantPotato 12-22-09 02:43 AM

They're good stuff, worth the cost.

dewaday 12-22-09 10:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HauntedMyst (Post 10175839)
I love mine too, though I made the mistake of getting the bar end version. The bar ends suck. How do those of you with real hills like them? In Chicago, we don't have many hills but I would imagine they aren't ideal in really hilly areas. Am I off the mark?

Not sure why you'd think they're a problem on hills. I use the bar ends when I'm standing up a hill, just seems to give better leverage and comfort. Also use them for a hand position change on seated efforts, so overall I like the bar end version. Different strokes, ya know.

Wanderer 12-22-09 02:19 PM

They got rid of my sore wrists, and the occasional hand numbness.

Nermal 12-22-09 03:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HauntedMyst (Post 10175839)
I love mine too, though I made the mistake of getting the bar end version. The bar ends suck. How do those of you with real hills like them? In Chicago, we don't have many hills but I would imagine they aren't ideal in really hilly areas. Am I off the mark?

I have a touring bike with flat grips and a moustache bar. The bar is road bike sized, which lets out the Ergon grips, but I found a Satelite something or other from Trek or Specialized, and the setup is just great on hills. Since they fit like a conventional grip instead of clamping like the Ergons, you've got to get the right angle on the first try. They are impossible to adjust without removing and reinstalling, but they work well on both level ground and hills. Actually, the moustache bar setup is pretty comfortable with any grip.

HauntedMyst 12-23-09 01:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dewaday (Post 10176886)
Not sure why you'd think they're a problem on hills. I use the bar ends when I'm standing up a hill, just seems to give better leverage and comfort. Also use them for a hand position change on seated efforts, so overall I like the bar end version. Different strokes, ya know.

Because mine fingers don't fit all the way around them. I would think you'd want more than 2 fingers holding on to the handlebars when you are speeding down a hill or working your way up.

avmanansala 12-23-09 02:05 AM

I liked mine while it had it on my flat bar cannondale. They were great once I got them adjusted to where I do most of my riding. I'd probably still be using them if I didn't swap out my flat bar for a Nitto Moustache bar (see my avatar).

dewaday 12-23-09 07:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HauntedMyst (Post 10180164)
Because mine fingers don't fit all the way around them. I would think you'd want more than 2 fingers holding on to the handlebars when you are speeding down a hill or working your way up.

Try angling the bar ends almost straight forward, maybe 15 degrees up. When standing I wrap my entire hand around the bar ends and the end of hand grips, feels like holding a steering wheel. Granted it's a compromise when seated, but I prefer the bar ends climbing while standing.

BarracksSi 12-23-09 07:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HauntedMyst (Post 10180164)
Because mine fingers don't fit all the way around them. I would think you'd want more than 2 fingers holding on to the handlebars when you are speeding down a hill or working your way up.

If I'm wrapping my entire hand around the bars, I'm working too hard.

Nermal 12-24-09 09:02 PM

Remember, Ergons come in sizes. Most people find the large size to be very large, indeed. They're pricey, and I don't think I would change a large for a small unless it were a really big problem, but it is something to keep in mind if you buy a set for a second bike. Could be your bike shop only stocks the large, and you didn't realize there was a choice.

plutonium83 12-26-09 08:55 PM

I've come across these Ergon-like grips for a fraction of the price. I had no idea that other companies made them!

Link [amazon.com]


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