The tape on my right grip is coming off, so it's time to replace it. My plan is to go to the bike shop, and get the softest or most padded tape they have, then go home and apply it. But I know that sometimes squishy actually creates the kinds of problems you're trying to solve, so I wonder if there's anything counter-intuitive that I should know before I fix this?
I've always had mountain and "hybrid" bikes in the past; I got my first cyclocross this past July at a used bike sale. If it matters, I do most of my riding on pavement, but I do enjoy dirt trails, and even stairs from time to time. Never having had a drop handlebar ( ram horns ) bike before, I'm probably a bit behind.
If it matter ( I can't see how it would, but ... ) I've got a Novara Element: