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Ergon grips with side bars, or new entirely new type of handlebars?

Old 04-05-16, 08:54 AM
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Ergon grips with side bars, or new entirely new type of handlebars?

I want to try riding my bike in a different position, having the option where my wrists are supported on something immediately before the hand grip, instead of just angled directly down to grabbing the grips and only the grips, like on my current straight handlebars.

I'm debating between two options. The Ergon GP5's seem really well reviewed, and would be less expensive than buying a completely new set of handlebars & whatever the different type brake levers it required. I'm just worried the Ergon route might end up costing more, if it's not really a legitimate attempt at what I'm trying to accomplish and end up replacing the handlebars etc. anyway.

My bike is a hybrid/commuter type with 31.8mm flat handlebars, with disc brakes but no gears if that matters. I sit pretty upright on it, so I don't know this it will even be compatible with drop bars or bull bars... why I'm thinking start with something like the Ergons. Guess anything I do is reversible, except for money lost, which is what I'm trying to minimize.

Any recommendations or thoughts appreciated.
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I like controls on the flats, but also like hand position options. I have these on two of my flat bar bikes and love them.

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I have some inexpensive foam grips on mine and they are really comfy.
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The Ergon's give you two benefits. One is a more comfortable grip. Two is a bar end for climbing out of the saddle. They're too expensive IMO, and certainly not a comparable product to drop or bull bars. While I prefer drop bars, that entails changing brake and shift levers. Instead you might like butterfly/trekking bars.
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Those are pretty cool. I might try them too. One issue I guess would be having to change hand position to reach the brake and shifting but it's still worth trying .

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I like controls on the flats, but also like hand position options. I have these on two of my flat bar bikes and love them.

Origin8 Propulsion Bike Handlebar Road Ends | Bikewagon

I have some inexpensive foam grips on mine and they are really comfy.
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Flat bars just don't work for me, and I don't care for drops. Trekking bars solved my flat bar problem.
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Those are pretty cool. I might try them too. One issue I guess would be having to change hand position to reach the brake and shifting but it's still worth trying .
Any time you have a multi hand position set up, a few of those positions don't allow access to the controls. With these, I obviously have access to my controls on the flats. I wanted that because the bikes I have them on are used in traffic. With my hands on the flats I am more upright. That makes me more visible and gives me better visibility. When my hands are in the "hoods" position, I can also get good braking power with my thumbs. With normal width flat bars, you'll probably need to hacksaw a bit off the end of the bars, otherwise you hands are too far apart once you get down into the drops.

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Originally Posted by techsensei View Post
The Ergon's give you two benefits. One is a more comfortable grip. Two is a bar end for climbing out of the saddle. They're too expensive IMO, and certainly not a comparable product to drop or bull bars. While I prefer drop bars, that entails changing brake and shift levers. Instead you might like butterfly/trekking bars.
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Flat bars just don't work for me, and I don't care for drops. Trekking bars solved my flat bar problem.
& the attachment points are not universal with these correct? I'd need to find butterfly trekking bars that are my 31.8mm?

thanks for the suggestion, that looks perfect, some are cheaper than the big Ergons, and looks like I wouldn't need new brake levers.
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I don't know if any 31.8 butterfly bars, but adapter shims can be used.
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And those adapter shims work just fine.
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Ergon GR series for smaller swept angle bars, the Ergon GC was created for bars with a greater sweep angle. .

I have Ergon GR3 on my Brompton , short grip version .



You can always change your stem to use Trekking bars which are 1" center clamp diameter, 7/8" for the rest ..

I have trekking bars on my Rohloff Bike.

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The nice thing about bar ends is they allow you to rotate your wrists 90 degrees. That might not sound like much of a change but I think the ability to alternate is big.

My other pet peeve is too wide handlebars. Most flat bars that have a rise are too wide for me. 22 inches is about my max.
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Originally Posted by techsensei View Post
The Ergon's give you two benefits. One is a more comfortable grip. Two is a bar end for climbing out of the saddle. They're too expensive IMO, and certainly not a comparable product to drop or bull bars. While I prefer drop bars, that entails changing brake and shift levers. Instead you might like butterfly/trekking bars.
I think the ergons are great. they may seem pricey, but the ergonomics are unbeatable, as is the comfort. If your thinking bar ends, don't forget to add the cost of cushioned bar tape to the overall cost. the bar ends are just metal and very hard on the hands
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Reality has set in. I'm not going to dump any more money into this one, just chalk it up as a mistake & get what I can on Craigslist or elsewhere for it & move on. Return policy is 30 days, but has to be unused condition. I've already put over 100 miles on it by now, not even going to try.

Just a situation of jack of no trades, master of none. Need to stick to pure mountain bikes, or pure road bikes. Because, well this particular hybrid anyway is in nowhere land for my purposes. Noob mistake. At least I learned something about my needs/wants, what to buy, and it wasn't that much of a loss. $450 out the door, and I'm sure I can get at least $200 for it on the used market. Even so, that lesson will still stick though lol.

Thanks for all the feedback guys, sorry for wasting your time on me, but maybe your info will help someone searching the archives in the future.
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Originally Posted by Lupine View Post
Reality has set in. I'm not going to dump any more money into this one, just chalk it up as a mistake & get what I can on Craigslist or elsewhere for it & move on. Return policy is 30 days, but has to be unused condition. I've already put over 100 miles on it by now, not even going to try.

Just a situation of jack of no trades, master of none. Need to stick to pure mountain bikes, or pure road bikes. Because, well this particular hybrid anyway is in nowhere land for my purposes. Noob mistake. At least I learned something about my needs/wants, what to buy, and it wasn't that much of a loss. $450 out the door, and I'm sure I can get at least $200 for it on the used market. Even so, that lesson will still stick though lol.

Thanks for all the feedback guys, sorry for wasting your time on me, but maybe your info will help someone searching the archives in the future.
You didn't waste our time. It's a discussion. We all learn when we engage in discussions and like you said the information is there in the archives for all to see in the future.
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