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Old 08-11-11, 10:52 AM   #1
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How many have switched to Ergon's ?

Riding a Hybrid and here's the question?

Being a little older than most here, I have some difficulty closing my hands.

Yes, the A word and I just hate it. ...but I can continue on or give up... so my fingers tend to lock-up if I keep them closed too tightly.

When I handle a pistol, it has to be one with a large size, other-wise I can not hold it firmly enough to fire it.

The Ergon grips appear to have an extended surface to hold to and in a large size will not require me to close my hand so much as the standard bike grip do.

Thoughts, and have many of you switched to these Ergons ???

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Old 08-11-11, 11:42 AM   #2
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Love these things.... will not ride a straight without them
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Old 08-11-11, 11:48 AM   #3
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i got some Ergon GC3s, large size, and they have completely changed my opinion of flat bars. i was previously contemplating trying to rig up some bullhorn arrangement for my new hybrid because i hate flat bars so much, but the GC3s have made a tremendous difference for me. the wide, flat surface that supports your whole hand is a stroke of genius. unless they got some sort of patent on it, i honestly don't understand why every single flat bar grip in the world doesn't follow their design.

the GC3s are especially awesome because they have the extra long bar ends that allow for more hand positions (being able to move my hands around a lot is imperative for me on longer rides).
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Old 08-11-11, 11:50 AM   #4
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The GS-3 is what I'm looking at........ I like the large bar ends !
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Old 08-11-11, 12:01 PM   #5
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^ if large bar ends are your thing, think about the GC3, they're even larger than the GS3.

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Old 08-11-11, 01:00 PM   #6
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I put on the GC3 grips and after a lot of adjustment really like them. It took a while to find the right angle for them but once I got it dialed in they made a world of difference.
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Love the ergo grips, however finding the sweet spot can be a little tricky with the hand position.
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I have used GC-2's, GR-2's, and GX-2 Leichtbau's and all have been great. The first two were larges, the GX-2's are one size, and they have all been great. I have large hands, and have had no issues with them. My family has seen them, and since had me install them on all of their bikes. Have not tried any of the 3's, but all the 2's have been great.

And I am a longer distance rider. Most rides 50 to 100 miles. Never any issues.
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Old 08-11-11, 04:27 PM   #9
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Guess I should have said, larger pad areas on the grip ends, and also a reasonable size/length to the bar ends.....
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I have the same problem with my hands. I can't ride without ergo grips, the pain is unbearable. They make ALL THE DIFFERENCE. The grips along with bar ends are EVEN BETTER as the barends allow you to hold on without putting weight on your hands for some relief. I have the ergos on all my bikes.

I even bought an automatic shifting bike with coaster brakes and ergo grips for my rides to Publix - it's called a Trek Lime and has a very comfortable handlebar along with no pulling on the brakes or shifting.
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Old 08-11-11, 05:54 PM   #11
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I have a set each of GP1, GC2, and GC3. All great grips!
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I have them on my hybrid and they are by far the most comfortable grips I have used. I wish they made something for dropbars.
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Have the large size on my Navigator and on my Multitrack. Have the medium size on both the wife's Navigator and her Multitrack.
Set them up snug but not tight enough that they can't be moved. On long rides we find that shifting the angle every now and then helps us with our hands.
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Does anyone not like them? I tried some with the built-in bar-ends. I wanted to like them. But I've since gone back to regular old round grips. I did not like the way that the flat area impeded my ability to wrap my fingers completely around the bar for a good grip. I also felt the flat area sort of forced me into a single position on the bike.
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I have liked the short bar end on the -2 series as I don't really try to wrap my fingers around. Usually I rest my palms on the grip and fingers on the brake levers. With the short bar end, I also rest my palm in at the corner of the grip and bar end intersection. The only time I really grip with finger wrap is hill climbing or crazy fast descents.

I also grip them with my palms on the very end of the handlebar, palms perpendicular to the ground, kind of squeezing in on the bars. Its alot like having hands on hoods. I rotate between these 3 positions and have had very few issues. If I start to feel numbness, I move to another spot.

With big hands, standard round grips were never comfortable for me. So much of this is just personal preference.
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Does anyone not like them? I tried some with the built-in bar-ends. I wanted to like them. But I've since gone back to regular old round grips. I did not like the way that the flat area impeded my ability to wrap my fingers completely around the bar for a good grip. I also felt the flat area sort of forced me into a single position on the bike.
As said elsewhere, this (like pretty much everything in cycling) comes down to personal preference. Some people just don't get on with Ergons, just as (for example) some people just don't like either flat bars or drop bars (easy to find endless, pointless discussions on the latter topic!).

I switched to Ergons years ago, just after they first appeared, and wouldn't use anything else. FWIW, it does take some fiddling to get the right angle, but once found they do what they claim -- relieve pressure/stress on the wrists and on the nerves in the palm -- for me, and many others. Some, OTOH, notice no difference at all, or come to dislike them.

Oddly, though (just an aside), I find that Ergons (I use them with separate bar ends) allow me lots of variation in hand position: in effect, duplicating the 'on the tops, on the corners, on the hoods' sequence of drop-bars, but with the control position (shifting/braking) 'on the tops'.
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Old 08-12-11, 09:44 AM   #17
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The Sirrus I bought comes with an Ergon-Like grips oem I'll use them a while an see if they work out first.
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I love Ergon grips. Both of my bikes came with them, and they were a big part of what I found so comfortable about the bikes. I don't know why all bikes wouldn't come with these.
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I put the GC3's on my Giant Roam 1. The grips that came on the bike were shaped similar but they moved around the bar. The Ergons are locked in place and very comfortable. I have the bar ends locked in vertically. I have back issues and mounting the bar ends vertical allows me to sit upright when need be and still maintain control on the bars.

The only downside with the grips is that being a rubber material they stay wet from sweat for as long as I'm riding. Any other rubber based grip would have the same drawback. I may try putting grip tape on them and see how that works out.

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I have the GC3's on both of my bikes. Love them!
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+1 for the GC3's. My crosstrail came with ergonomic type grips and my hands still were tingly and painful. The bar ends really make a difference, with many more hand positions possible. If you angle them forward, parallel to the ground, it gets you in a more aero position. They also can by handy climbing hills. They may be expensive, but are worth every penny.
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I have a set of GR-2's on my 7.3FX, and love them. Very comfortable. I especially like the ability to vary my hand position when I take my hybrid for a longer ride.
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I've got GP-1's on mine.
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I like them a lot

I have a flat bar on my bike (Gary Fisher Monona) and my wrists would be sore after so many miles on a longer ride. That's what convinced me to try the Ergons. I got the basic GP1's and it's a world of difference. They take the pressure off the wrist and now the heel of my hand sits comfortably on the blade of the grip. The angle takes some tweaking but it's super easy to do.
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I just ordered some of these. For 50 bucks they better be awesome..

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