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Old 06-22-16, 06:44 AM   #1
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Need new grips

Hi Everyone,
I ride a Giant Sedona DX hybrid. I am riding in RAGBRAI in a month, first time doing the full week. I have a really hard time shifting gears when my hands are sweaty. I have the "grip shift" gear shifters on my bike. Can anyone recommend different grip shift handles that are grippier? I've tried looking around and doing searches for them but I have no clue what will fit my grips.
Thanks for your help!
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Old 06-22-16, 07:01 AM   #2
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Hi Everyone,
I ride a Giant Sedona DX hybrid. I am riding in RAGBRAI in a month, first time doing the full week. I have a really hard time shifting gears when my hands are sweaty. I have the "grip shift" gear shifters on my bike. Can anyone recommend different grip shift handles that are grippier? I've tried looking around and doing searches for them but I have no clue what will fit my grips.
Thanks for your help!
Beth
I think you'll like these.

https://www.amazon.com/Ergon-Rear-Tw...gon+grip+shift

You might want to consider a pair of these as well...

https://www.amazon.com/Giro-Womens-T...=biking+gloves

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Old 06-22-16, 07:18 AM   #3
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Hi Everyone,
I ride a Giant Sedona DX hybrid. I am riding in RAGBRAI in a month, first time doing the full week. I have a really hard time shifting gears when my hands are sweaty. I have the "grip shift" gear shifters on my bike. Can anyone recommend different grip shift handles that are grippier? I've tried looking around and doing searches for them but I have no clue what will fit my grips.
Thanks for your help!
Beth
Hello.

Material matters. Kraton is squishy, tacky, and not affected by sweat. It is also found in most grips costing 10 bucks and up so its not expensive. Many OEM grips are hard and plasticky. Go soft and tacky

Gripshift can require substantial pressure to shift. You can minimize this by lubing the cables and derailleur pivots clean.

Make sure your new grips are for L and R, as some are right/rear only

You can try gloves also. Try MTB ones, some have (or used to have) extra grippy material along the thumb and forefinger outer edge
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Old 06-22-16, 08:34 AM   #4
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I'm using these on my Trek. I love them.


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These look interesting. They flow the air through the grips to keep your hands cool. For $9 bucks, worth a shot.

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The OP seems to be complaining about the texture of the shifter itself (the part that rotates to change gear), but the products suggested so far only replace the non-shifter portion of the grip and thus won't fix the problem. I think the only solutions would be to wear gloves or to swap the grip shifters out entirely in favor of thumb shifters or trigger shifters.
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mrchaotica, that is correct, the shifter portion of the grip is slick when my hands are sweaty, that is the portion I am wanting to replace, the other section I have paddle grips on to minimize the pressure on my palms and wrists. Does anyone know of a product that replaces the shifting portion?
Thank you everyone for your responses!
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Does anyone know of a product that replaces the shifting portion?
I highly doubt anybody sells an extra-grippy replacement for the shifting portion of a grip shift. I'm not sure those things are even designed to be taken apart and serviced in the first place.

Like I said, the closest things to a replacement would be thumb shifters or trigger shifters (I prefer the latter). Note that the links are for 7-speed parts and are representative only -- I'm not recommending those parts specifically, and anyway you'd need to get ones that are compatible with your drive train (e.g. matching the number of gears on your cassette). Also keep in mind that if you do replace your shifters, you may also need new cables and housing (and to buy or borrow the tools to cut them properly).

I suppose another possibility would be to try to super-glue some rubber around the thing, or Plasti-Dip it or something. I doubt the results would be satisfactory, though.
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mrchaotica, that is correct, the shifter portion of the grip is slick when my hands are sweaty, that is the portion I am wanting to replace, the other section I have paddle grips on to minimize the pressure on my palms and wrists. Does anyone know of a product that replaces the shifting portion?
Thank you everyone for your responses!
Why not just get yourself a set of half fingered gloves? Works really well for sweat management.
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I think you'll like these.

https://www.amazon.com/Ergon-Rear-Tw...gon+grip+shift

You might want to consider a pair of these as well...

https://www.amazon.com/Giro-Womens-T...=biking+gloves
I agree about the Ergon grips. I have put them on my Cypress and Escape.
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I was trying to avoid gloves, but it may be my only option. I appreciate all the feedback, thank you everyone!
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I wanted to report my solution to the above mentioned issue. I purchased a roll of baseball bat tape. I wrapped it around my grip shifter and it worked great! So far for the last 10 days or so I have had no issues, even on a 107 mile ride Saturday with sweat and applying sunscreen twice, I was able to shift with no slipping!
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You went 107 and are comfortable, your ready for Ragbrai or anything else. Enjoy the ride!
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Thank you sail!
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Why not just get yourself a set of half fingered gloves? Works really well for sweat management.
DING! DING! DING! We have a winner Johnny, tell him what he's won! Lol!

Yes, a pair of gloves is probably the OP's best option. Either half fingered or full. I never ride without gloves for a multitude of reasons.....

Better grip

Protection for your hands in case you fall

Padding in the palm to stop numbness/increase comfort level

That chamois on the back to wipe the sweat away
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