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Old 06-10-07, 10:58 AM
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if i tape up my handlebars will it be easier on the hands?

i have a mountain bike (flat style handlebars) and when i ride the vibrations transfers to my hands. i don't want to wear cycling gloves but if i remove those rubber grips and tape the handlebars at the places where my hands go and then go for a ride will it make it easier on my hands? what kind of tape should i look for and with what properties?
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Old 06-10-07, 11:17 AM
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rather than tape, I'd get some bar ends and switch hand positions during the ride. having more than one hand position will let you rest your hands and change your wrist angles.
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Old 06-10-07, 11:45 AM
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Tape would work, you could even do multiple layers. Another option is softer foam grips rather than rubber, they're generally considered junkier as they're not as durable, but I've had a set on a bike I use occasionally that have been going strong for a good 10 years now.

I would second the suggestion of bar ends as well, multiple hand positions are as important as anything else for comfort.
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Old 06-10-07, 10:24 PM
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carbon bars. carbon fiber fixes everything
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Barends ended my problems. I am using the CaneCreek Ergo barends. You can use a razorblade to trim off the ends of the rubber grips to make room for the barends.
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Old 06-11-07, 01:05 AM
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1 layer of tape will not be too much fun. the bar would be too skinny to be comfortable.
You can experiment with a million different grips (rubber and foam) and cork tape, even tape on top of grips or several layers of tape. Who knows what will work?
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Old 06-11-07, 02:06 AM
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My main bike is a Trek hybrid. When I brought it, I asked that they put on some barends & some foam.
The foam bar-end grips I use cost only $5 Australian. They don't last forever, but they are cheap to replace and comfy to use.

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Old 06-11-07, 03:37 AM
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I'm running barends and Specalized black bartape on both the bars and barends. I it!
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Once you take a good spill on gravel or asphalt you'll change your mind about the gloves, so just hang in there until then!
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gloves = good
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What's the deal? In the roadie forum you see people complaining about sore butts but they don't want to wear padded shorts. Here exas complains of sore hands but doesn't want to wear padded gloves.

The dang things are padded for a reason.

And yes, bar tape will help too.
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I agree with exas.
I'm sure gloves serve their purpose, but seriously, it's not like it's against the law to not want to use them.
I haven't got around to wearing gloves yet. Heck, when I was riding my bike in the 90's, I did'nt even bother wearing special bike clothes & lived to tell the tale.

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It's not a matter of getting "geared up", it's about making the ride comfortable and enjoyable. I am the penultimate Fred. Shorts, underbritches, t-shirt & sneakers, that's my 'kit'.

When I ride, on goes the helmet and gloves. Even a cheap pair of $15 gloves will do wonders for your hand comfort.
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$10 and you have yourself gloves. Why make it difficult for yourself? I haven't ridden w/o gloves in 11 years... and I'm 25.
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If you raise your handlebars, it will be a lot easier on your hands. But you will go slower.
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