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Old 09-09-02, 05:16 AM   #1
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Bar grips: question from my wife.

Guys, my wife Caroline really would like some help with a problem and we can't find the solution in the bike shops.

She suffers from a nerve disorder in her hand (can't remember the name) but she finds that off-road riding tends to make the problem worse and she often has a period of discomfort after each ride. What she'd like to do is to fit much fatter bar grips on her bike, something that has better padding.

We've seen grips that have more rubber on them, but they don't look as if they will do the job. She has the idea of maybe putting some foam padding around the bars and taping that in place, but I'm a bit concerned that it will get in the way of the levers.

When she did road riding, it was seldom a problem, so I think the transition from smooth road to rough track has highlighted the problem. Any ideas what we/she can do?
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Old 09-09-02, 05:34 AM   #2
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Try Oury grips if they are available in your area, I find that they are the thickest and the most comfortable grips. Also, try Specialized Body Geometry grips.
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First, is the she using a suspension fork? If not, get one - an air model would probably be best as it will give infinite adjustability. Second, install a fatter tire, like a WTB Mototraptor 2.4 and run it at a fairly low pressure. Third, I agree with the Oury recommendation - very comfy grips, best out there in my opinion. Fourth, try some glove with gel padding in the palms.

Also, if she isn't running bar ends, you may want to try installing a set so she can switch hand positions during the ride. Finally, I'd suggest having her get fit for her bike to make sure she has proper positioning and is not putting too much weight on her hands due to her bike set up.j

Good luck!
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Thanks guys. I'll check out the grip names you suggested. Can't say I've heard of Oury, but I'll check the UK side of things.

Her bike is a full susser and she does have a pair of gel gloves. It's almost as there is something about the vibration feedback. I'll check her forks and rear shock to see if I can 'soften' them a bit more for her.
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