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Old 06-30-11, 09:47 PM   #1
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Handlebar grip question

What's you'lls favorite handlebar grip? I'm a big guy so i'm just looking for suggestions

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Old 06-30-11, 11:22 PM   #2
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Ergon.

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Old 07-01-11, 05:11 AM   #3
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For regular round grips the WTB Street Smart grips are servicable.
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Old 07-01-11, 08:02 AM   #4
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I second the "Ergon". I also have large hands, and they are available in large sizes. They also clamp to the bar so they are easy to adjust and they stay in the position. I have personally used GR2 and GX2's, brother has GC2 and GR2's, and friends girlfriend uses GC1's, all with no complaints.
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Old 07-01-11, 08:23 AM   #5
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Another vote for Ergon. I got the GC3 model because my hands seem to be sensitive to pressure on the ulnar nerve and they allow me several positions to switch between in addition to spreading out the pressure across my palm.
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Another Ergon user here. I switched over mine to the GR2's after I started having some major issues with my wrists/hands after rides. These keep my wrists in alignment very well and also have stub bar ends which are great for another hand position. My wrist problems are quickly going away after using these for about 2 weeks.
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Old 07-01-11, 11:34 AM   #7
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I like bar tape, but I use drop bars.

If I used a flat bar, Ergon grips would be the only ones I'd consider.
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And yet another enthusiastic thumbs up for Ergon. I just had some installed this season after a couple rides. A night and day difference. Absolutely worth it. I really don't even need gloves at this point.

I'm using the GP-1 Leichtbau

http://www.ergon-bike.com/us/en/product/gp1-leichtbau

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Old 07-03-11, 09:52 AM   #9
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Sounds good. I ended up with the Ergon GC2 for my first time out. They are definitely more pleasant than the stock ones.
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Old 07-03-11, 01:47 PM   #10
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Ergons are good.

Oury Lockons are good too. sticky and cushy and comfortable in the hand.
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Old 07-06-11, 10:07 AM   #11
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ergon, but check you are not putting too much pressure on your palms, any build up of pins-and-needles wants to be avoided
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Old 07-06-11, 10:22 AM   #12
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Another vote for Ergon.
I have GP1's on my Trek Valencia and GC3's on my flat bar road bike.
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Has anyone else tried the Grab On grips? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012KUD4K I've used them on my motorcycle for 35 years and love them. Had a pair on my previous bike and liked them there as well. Now I'm using a pair of Ergon flapper paddles and I'm having numbness problems in my left hand. I am still adjusting the bike, so I can't say for sure that it's the grips or the handlebars being a little too low, but I've ordered another set of them as well as a higher stem. I went from a 7 deg stem on my Mendota to a 25 deg stem and it made a big difference in my stiff neck problem, but so far the hand numbness is still there. The bars are still below the seat height so I've ordered a 40 deg stem and we'll see how that does. I plan on swapping them one at a time so I can figure out which is causing the problem. I'm just curious though as I've not heard any chatter on the Grab Ons and I like them quite a bit.
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I bought Specialized Body Geometry ergonomic grips. Cheaper than Ergon and they work very well for me. Curiously I found the smaller ones more comfortable than the larger ones. I say "curiously" because I'm 6'4 and have big hands.
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I bought Specialized Body Geometry ergonomic grips. Cheaper than Ergon and they work very well for me. Curiously I found the smaller ones more comfortable than the larger ones. I say "curiously" because I'm 6'4 and have big hands.
I have these now and after the 2.5 hr ride I took today, my hands are still a bit numb. I'm looking at the Ergon GC2 or GC3. Hopefully one of these will be better than the stock Specialized that came on my bike.
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I have these now and after the 2.5 hr ride I took today, my hands are still a bit numb. I'm looking at the Ergon GC2 or GC3. Hopefully one of these will be better than the stock Specialized that came on my bike.
Curious. Are they adjusted correctly? I know it sounds obvious but when I put mine on at first I didn't set them quite right with the result my wrists were rotated unnaturally and my weight was still awkward.

Another thing to check is that you're not putting too much weight on your hands. If you're supporting your weight on your sit bones with your core muscles you should be OK. If you're leaning heavily on your hands then chances are whatever you put on the handlebars will only help so much.

Of course it may be you just don't get on with the grips and need something a bit chunkier
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I'll have to agree with the Ergon crowd. I just put a pair of GC-3's on my bike and really like them. As stated above they can be easily adjusted because they clamp onto the end of the bar. There is no flex in the body of the grip but the softer rubber inserts provide some cushioning for the palm. I have the bar end mounted vertical so I can maintain control of the bar when I want to sit up in the seat. I'm more concerned with adjusting back position than hand position and these grips allow me to do that.

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Curious. Are they adjusted correctly? I know it sounds obvious but when I put mine on at first I didn't set them quite right with the result my wrists were rotated unnaturally and my weight was still awkward.

Another thing to check is that you're not putting too much weight on your hands. If you're supporting your weight on your sit bones with your core muscles you should be OK. If you're leaning heavily on your hands then chances are whatever you put on the handlebars will only help so much.

Of course it may be you just don't get on with the grips and need something a bit chunkier
Thanks!

This helps. I do tend to ride with weight on my sit bones, but I've also noticed that after a while I tend to lean heavily on my hands. Thanks again for the advice.
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Curiously I found the smaller ones more comfortable than the larger ones. I say "curiously" because I'm 6'4 and have big hands.
Me too. I'm 6'5 with big hands.

My last bike came with ergons and they were fine. But my current bike came with "normal", fairly thin grips and they feel amazing in comparison.

I'd also suggest come bar ends for added comfort.
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Has anyone else tried the Grab On grips?
Not since the 1980s. They were the grips of choice for a while, I used them for years.

Sorry toi hear about the numb hands that you and others are experiencing with the ergonomic style grips. My desire for Ergon is waning.

The only problem I can recall with the Grab-Ons is that they can slip in wet conditions. I prefer lock-on type grips for that reason, but I've found that "dual density" grips stay put too, I think because the stiffer inner layer isn't very stretchy.

If you don't ride in the rain much, the foam grips should be fine. Well, you know they work for you. Good luck on solving that numb hand situation! If you don't have barends yet, you should get them. Being able to change hand position helps alot to prevent numb hands.

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Ergon's on the hybrid. Great product.
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