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    Hybrid bike grips needed

    I hope this is the correct forum but I couldn't find one specifically for equipment.

    I need a new set of grips for my Giant Nutra hybrid bike. The original soft rubber ones are splitting. I looked online but there are 1000 different grips available. Can anyone suggest a pair of grips that will be comfortable for long rides yet long lasting?

    I was also wondering if maybe I should just tape the old ones with grip tape but that would be more of a patch solution than a fix and comfort is questionable if I do that.

    Any suggestions?

    Also it would be nice if there were a specific hybrid bike section on this forum since there are a ton of hybrid bike riders around.

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    See Specialized

    Check out the Specialized web site, or better yet, a dealer near you. I absolutely love their Body Geometry Comfort Grips!!! These are the only grips I use now. They come in two sizes, which include a shorter variety for those with twist shifters. They also make a women's specific grip for those with smaller hands. The new ones lock on, and can be adjusted much easier.

    I've also heard some great things about the Ergon grips. See: http://www.ergon-bike.com/en/grips/index.html

    The Ergon grips are usually available on eBay for reasonable pricing.

    Good luck!
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    I'd say give your LBS a try. The usually have a "bargain bin" with things like cheap grips. And if not, they're not usually very much new anyway. Plus you can feel them first before you buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by That Guy View Post
    I'd say give your LBS a try. The usually have a "bargain bin" with things like cheap grips. And if not, they're not usually very much new anyway. Plus you can feel them first before you buy.

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    What are the lockable grips I am reading about. I understand they are not supposed to turn on the bar but how do they do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob_in_Midland View Post
    I've also heard some great things about the Ergon grips. See: http://www.ergon-bike.com/en/grips/index.html

    The Ergon grips are usually available on eBay for reasonable pricing.

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob_in_Midland View Post
    Check out the Specialized web site, or better yet, a dealer near you. I absolutely love their Body Geometry Comfort Grips!!! These are the only grips I use now. They come in two sizes, which include a shorter variety for those with twist shifters. They also make a women's specific grip for those with smaller hands. The new ones lock on, and can be adjusted much easier.

    I've also heard some great things about the Ergon grips. See: http://www.ergon-bike.com/en/grips/index.html

    The Ergon grips are usually available on eBay for reasonable pricing.

    Good luck!
    Do these grips have an open end that I can mount my Myrrycle bar end mirror? I would hate to have to cut out the end of such a nice grip.

    The Specialized grips are sweet looking. I will check them out if I can find a store that sells them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by That Guy
    I'd say give your LBS a try.
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    The shop I work at always has them in stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hy_tek View Post
    Do these grips have an open end that I can mount my Myrrycle bar end mirror? I would hate to have to cut out the end of such a nice grip.

    The Specialized grips are sweet looking. I will check them out if I can find a store that sells them.
    The new grips do have a plug that goes in the end of the bar. That way you can put a bar end mirror in without having to cut them. However, make sure you are getting the version that comes with those plugs.

    As for how they "lock." They have a screw with an allen head in the end (2.5mm, I believe) that you tighten down into the handlebar itself. It is hard to explain, but they are pretty slick.

    Also, you can order them directly from Specialized on their web site!
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    Grip-tek has some great foam hand grips. Check them out online. Don't leave the dash out of the name, or you won't find it. You may have to do a little fitting, but a bench grinder and a hacksaw or miter saw will do just fine. bk

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    http://www.grip-tek.com/

    http://www.gripworks.com/

    http://www.grabongrips.com/index.php...9b0fb7d5458ae9

    Can always head down to the local lawn mower shop and buy foam or rubber grips there. They come in different lengths, thicknesses, and inner diameters.

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