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Old 09-09-12, 09:57 AM   #1
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Touring on a MTB Sore hands

Hey all,

I have a Scott ridgid frame that I tour on a bit. My goal is to tour a lot of the coast of Maine. I need help on changing or adding to my bar setup. I have bar ends on it now which allows me 2 positions for my hands, but they still get sore. Any ideas of what to add, IE: areo bars, or another set up that allows for more hand positions? It is an older model with grip shifters.

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On a MTB set-up, try Ergon grips. Use the GP1 version for gripshifts. Read instructions carefully how to set them up so as to avoid kinks your wrists. In other words, wrist and forearm need to completely align when you ride.

...and don't forget to try a different pair of gloves.
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Yeah, Ergon grips are the way to go. Sure they take a bit of tweaking until you get them in exactly the right position, but they're amazing. I don't like riding with gloves on them; the grips themselves are perfect.

A bunch of people are going to tell you (here and elsewhere) that switching to drop bars is the solution and drop bars are the only way to go, but that's not true. Try the Ergon grips first.
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Yeah, Ergon grips are the way to go. Sure they take a bit of tweaking until you get them in exactly the right position, but they're amazing. I don't like riding with gloves on them; the grips themselves are perfect.

A bunch of people are going to tell you (here and elsewhere) that switching to drop bars is the solution and drop bars are the only way to go, but that's not true. Try the Ergon grips first.
So they work with my current grip shifters? They are just the ends? I think I have them on my spec. Globe. What about adding to or some other kind of bars? Not drops. Must be something out there. Thanks
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Before going and spending $40 on new grips, you might look into why your hands are getting sore in multiple positions. If you have bar ends and your hands are still sore and/or your arms/shoulders are feeling exhausted, your handlebars may be too low. It sounds like you're putting too much weight on your hands.

What is the height of your handlebars compared to your seat?

I recently got on my old MTB and remembered that it always left my arms, shoulders, and especially my hands feeling terrible. I adjusted the bars up 1 1/8" and all that riding pain went away. It allowed me to take weight off my hands and put it on my butt. And, my seat that always never "fit" right felt much better.

A quick adjustment is worth a try.
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Before going and spending $40 on new grips, you might look into why your hands are getting sore in multiple positions. If you have bar ends and your hands are still sore and/or your arms/shoulders are feeling exhausted, your handlebars may be too low. It sounds like you're putting too much weight on your hands.
This is also true. In my case though, proper fit improved things, but Ergon grips took care of the remaining problems (hand numbness).

They should work with grip shifts, although you might have to saw off part of them...I think the website has more info.
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This is also true. In my case though, proper fit improved things, but Ergon grips took care of the remaining problems (hand numbness).

They should work with grip shifts, although you might have to saw off part of them...I think the website has more info.
Thanks all. I will lift the bars a bit. They do look a little low. And will try the grips. Easy steps and not expensive. I like the Jones bars posted on another thread.
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I threw some cheap Nashbar trekking bars on my SS mtb commuter. It raised my bars up a little, and decreased the reach just a little. I am much more comfortable now than I was previously. For 24 bucks for bars and tape, it's worth a try.
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I threw some cheap Nashbar trekking bars on my SS mtb commuter. It raised my bars up a little, and decreased the reach just a little. I am much more comfortable now than I was previously. For 24 bucks for bars and tape, it's worth a try.
I like the look of them. What kind of shifters do you have on them? Not sure if my grip shifts will work on them. Still they are cheap enough to give it a try.
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I like the look of them. What kind of shifters do you have on them? Not sure if my grip shifts will work on them. Still they are cheap enough to give it a try.
I have them on a MTB I converted to a SS for winter commuting and bad weather commuting, so I don't know about the grip shifters. That said, they are standard MTB sized handlebars before taping, so I don't know why they wouldn't work.
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I have them on a MTB I converted to a SS for winter commuting and bad weather commuting, so I don't know about the grip shifters. That said, they are standard MTB sized handlebars before taping, so I don't know why they wouldn't work.
Thanks. According to nashbar they will work on the ends of the straight part on the inside. Too cheap to not try.
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Grip shifts should work on the butterfly/trekking bars no problem. They can be very comfortable. I would also do a search for antler bars to give you an idea of other DIY setups for different hand positions, though I'm not sure if it would be idea with grip shifters.
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