I've found narrower, firmer grips cause less hand stress as it requires less 'grip'.
Foam grips, you clench instead of holding.
Use padded gloves.
THE grip IMO http://www.odigrips.com/mtb_ruffianmx_lo.htm
No more problems with removal, the rubber is replaceable.
Hand pressure may be alleviated by lowering the saddle if high, or moving the saddle back on the rails a few mm.
Saddle musings...depending on your riding position use wide back\padded if you 'sit' upright and pedal, more areo -saddle high, look into ergonomic shaped saddles.
Less padding, but 'fit' up there better.
I've stopped looking, use these http://www.sdgusa.com/layout.php?m=t...trad&s=belairs
The scoop rear is nice and the material quite strong. Nicest I've purchased so far, no complaints, return customer.
Bike fitting and riding position are also factors to consider if you're uncomfortable.
Last edited by The Knave; 10-18-05 at 05:29 PM.