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    grip recommendation

    I am looking for new grips for my bikes and need some input. My hands start to go numb on my rides but other than that, I like the riding position. I do wear gloves with padded palms.

    I have stock grips on both of my Treks and would like to set them up the same. My riding usually consists of riding approximately 3 road miles to the trail which is about 6 miles and then 3 miles back home.

    I have been thinking about the Ergo? type ( the ones that have the part that stick out and oblong the grips). I have rather big hands so gripping a bigger grip holding on thru the woods wouldn't bother me at all.

    What are my options?

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    Ergon grips work well. You said that you have big hands...a thicker than oem grip may help as well.

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    grip recommendation

    I would get numb pinky and ring fingers-also have neck issues-but j switched to ergon grips and it has made it better. Especially for longer rides.

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    Try some ODI Rogue grips. Not particularly soft but they are a larger diameter for larger hands. You running a flat bar or riser? If you're on a flat you may want to switch to a lo rise, you can take advantage of the up AND back sweep, get the grips right where they sit under your palm evenly.

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    Grips are like shoes, you don't need cushy to be comfortable, you need good fit.

    If your hands are going numb, there is something else going on. You need to fix that first, then get whatever kind of grips your hands like. Simply adding a squish grip is a bandaid. It could even be caused by something seemingly unrelated like stem too low or reach too long, too narrow or wide bars. Lots of possible remedies besides just soft grips.

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    I went to ESI Extra Chunkys and my occasional hand numbness went away completely...they are light, cheap, dampen vibration, and very comfortable. Chunkys were okay, but the Extra Chunky is great.

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    I use ergon grips with stubby bar ends, the combo got rid of the tingly fingers I used to get.
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    Even though you like the position you're in on the bike, it may not be the best one. Numb hands usually are a result of added pressure to your wrists in a bent position. Ergon grips will help flatten your wrists to alleviate that pressure on your nerves. When riding, your elbows should be slightly bent and your wrists should remain relatively straight with your forearms. Before going with a band-aid fix like a ergo grip, you should check your seat angle. Is the nose of it pointing down? When it is, its pushing the the weight of your upper body onto your hands and wrists which would cause fatigue and numbing.

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    What is your lever position like?

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    I use ESI Chunky.

    I have tried the ergo grips. If you do, make sure you get ones that clamp on. If you don't they will turn on you.

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    Does anyone have a completely set up model for riding position? I thought I had my bikes set up properly but maybe not.

    Has anyone tried http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41zfihi371L.jpg? I don't want to spend a ton of money if these types of grips aren't gonna work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzwardo View Post
    Does anyone have a completely set up model for riding position? I thought I had my bikes set up properly but maybe not.

    Has anyone tried http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41zfihi371L.jpg? I don't want to spend a ton of money if these types of grips aren't gonna work.
    I think I have something buried in my computer at home, I'll check later. With proper fit, you should be able to ride with virtually no padding anywhere, especially on shorter rides. If you start getting in some longer rides, then you may want some cushy things for comfort.

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    +1 on the ODI Rogue, but I think something else is going
    on and it isn't the grips.

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    Fuzz, check out this site. It may not be exactly what you're looking for, but it will definitely get you thinking about how everything in bike fitting comes together. Then, take a ride and instead of enjoying the ride concentrate instead on how everything "feels". Keep your multi tool handy and make trail side changes.

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    grip recommendation

    +2 on odi rogue. And the lock on oury's. Both are larger in diameter and are great quality and comfortable for large hands.
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    For a round grip I always used the odi Rogues and really liked them, but now have tried the ESI foam grips and prefer them.

    However I tried the Evo Comfort Gel SL2 Grips and absolutely love them. They have more cushioning than the Ergons, with a thicker round area. I hated the ergons and love these. They are really nice for grabbing the ends of the bars when climbing. They are also extremely inexpensive, but have proven durable and have a good quality inboard clamp and clamp inside the end of the bar. Highly recommended.
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    I would grab the bike and do a ride around the block a sec and see what angles your wrists are at when you ride. I fixed my hand and wrist problems by changing the angles of my brakes and moving them inboard for one finger braking. I had them facing too "straight ahead" and was doing too much work to come off the grip and actuate the brakes.

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    grip recommendation

    You should try out ESI extra chunky. I love those grips!


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    On my ride today I really tried to pay attention to my form and stuff. My brake levers are at an angle rhat ispretty much straight with the angle of my arms. Need to check out my seat angle too. I xhould have someone snap a couple of pica while I ride to see what my form looks like.

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    If that's the case, either check out the ergon or odi stuff...one of em is gonna be right. You said that your wrists are in a proper line....feel like your weighing them down or pushing by chance?

    Edit: point being you should feel neutral. No weight really on your hands in you default position. Feel for it. Is it like that?

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    Fuzz, what you're looking for could be very subtle, could seem insignificant, could be just one little tweak and then you're good to go. My biggest gain in comfort was made when I moved my bars up to pretty much even with my saddle, just went from a -6 deg stem to a 0 deg. Neck problems went away, sore wrists went away, sore lower back went away.

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    Also try rotating the bars to find a more comfortable angle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pilsner1 View Post
    Also try rotating the bars to find a more comfortable angle.
    Exactly why I like a riser bar, much more adjustable.

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    After taking a look at my bars, they are only at most 2 inches below my seat height. Would you recommend a different stem or a taller set of handlebars?

    I did end up ordering a set of the Ergon Gs1 so I give them a go and then decide if further action is needed.

    Hopefully this isn't a stupid question but where should the seat be set at? Should the nose be angled slightly up, neutral or slightly down?

    Thanks for all you help guys, I appreciate it.

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    There really is no answer to that question that's possible to give online. Maybe a reputable bike shop can give you a proper fitting and determine if you'd benefit from raising your position.

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    Your stem, handlebar and overall cockpit could be adjusted to your fitting, but you can't move your seat tube, so having the seat height at a good position is the starting point in dialing in the rest of your cockpit.

    This video shows you a good starting point.


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    Fuzz, research K.O.P.S, knee over pedal. Although is by no means "the rule", it should give you a good idea of seat position. Also, get on the Sheldon Brown website, tons of useful information on there. Once your saddle position is right, and right only means right for you, then you get to work on the rest of the stuff. We could very well be talking about only millimeters here and there, but it all matters when it comes to riding comfort and enjoyment.

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    Make sure you have a tool in your pocket to make adjustments on the trail until you get it right......digging in a pack or saddle bag seems like a lot of effort and you're less likely to make the minor adjustments that are what really dial in your setup.

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    Clyde here love odi rogues as well but...

    Found my biggest issue, same as urs was raising my seat post 10mm higher. All pain in back and hands/wrists went away. I figured work and one wrist has been through 2 surgeries. Was sheer dumb luck as I was playing with seat height. Raised seat to highest point I had tried to now, and found a sweet spot. Very comfortable ride now. And put it to the test of all day trip of hitting 3 local trail sets.

    Bike fit matters more than anything else. Either play with things a bit till u find best places for everything or go have a professional fit done. So many ppl here have their way which they say is best, but actually its only best for them. U need to find the bike fit that fits u. The rules are starting point only. Gets u close then you tweak to ur personal preferences.
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    There you have it Fuzz, the "tweak your fit" people out weigh the "need cushy grips" people.

    When you do get your cushies, and oh they will certainly be nice, don't skip out on tweaking you cockpit. Proper adjustment AND squishy grips ought to have you feeling like a king.

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    So far I have tilted the nose of my seat up slightly and put on the Gs1 grips. I did a 8 mile route this morning and still am feeling some numbness. Being new to the Gs1 grips, I am not exactly sure I have set them on right. I will have to tweak them some more when I have time.

    If this doesn't fix the problem, is the next step is to get a different stem?

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    Maybe a photo of you in your riding position would help.

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    The ergonomic grips do have a sweet spot, meaning you have to find the right angle for your riding position for them to really make a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakester View Post
    Maybe a photo of you in your riding position would help.
    See if you can get somebody to video you riding by.

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    +1 on ergonomics as many have said. That could easily not be a grip issue, but rather a nerve, angle issue etc. Make sure you're setup at the right angles for you.

    That said, I broke both thumbs in Iraq. Neither like odd angles. I found great relief switching to Ergon Grips. They're goal is exactly what you're after, healthy, effective, control. Personally I have the gp1's but plan on going to the the 2's with the bar end's next. Can't recommend them enough!

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    Gonna have my girlfriend video me with the go pro tomorrow morning. I guess i ll see how dumb i look when i ride. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzwardo View Post
    Gonna have my girlfriend video me with the go pro tomorrow morning. I guess i ll see how dumb i look when i ride. Lol
    Shyt Fuzz, I look like a darn hunchback when I ride, but I'm comfortable.

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    Follow these steps...

    Install Oury grips

    Add a spacer or two under stem

    Tilt nose of saddle up a few degrees

    Done


    (If you want to get really fancy, get a set back post, and drop your saddle height a bit.)

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    I get the same in my hands from down hill Fuzz. I guess the angle and extra braking is causing it. I'm on a new bike now so still have the original grips. But on my previous bike I got some thicker ones and that helped a lot. I need to try them on my new bike..

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    I am pretty much an idiot when it comes to computers and such, so how do I post a short video? I have an example of my posture when I ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzwardo View Post
    I am pretty much an idiot when it comes to computers and such, so how do I post a short video? I have an example of my posture when I ride.
    Copy the youtube url.
    Click Go Advanced button.
    Click the film icon
    Paste the url
    Click ok

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    grip recommendation-temp-200-82659443.jpg Well thanks to my girlfriend, well she did it, hopefully this works.

    See anything wrong? I am willing to work on just about anything, except getting better looking, I think that is too long of a road to travel. lol

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    You look to be a bit of a bigger fella, Fuzz. Over 6'? Maybe 6'1", 6'2"?

    Almost looks like your bars may too narrow, or the right width for you but wrong angle. The wider your bars go, the greater the angle of the sweep, all other things being equal. I'm 6'0", if I go much under a 620mm bar, I need a 3 deg sweep in a flat bar. To get nice and comfy, I ride a 750mm 9 deg back and 5 deg up lo rise. With those specs and with the bar rotated correctly, when I ride if I pay real close attention I can feel my palms resting evenly across their width on the grip.

    Then again, I may be completely full of shyt.

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    Yeppers, I am 6'1" and about 255lbs. The bars are what ever the stock width on the Treks are, they say 690mm on the bar and I have never cut them down. According to the Trek website, they are a 5mm rise and a 9mm sweep.

    I am wondering if I should get a handlebar like on my Fuel, it's supposed to have 15mm rise. I don't have as much of a problem with the hands riding that as i do with the Superfly. But I do rise a little more street miles with the Superfly than the Fuel.


    Optimus, Thanks, I really do appreciate the help.

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    your arms look very straight, almost locked out

    maybe try the taller bar idea

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