As some of you may know, I have my ears (ok, hearing aids) close to the ground when it comes to product innovation, and I happened to have the hearing aids to the railroad rails when this news was in the infancy pipeline. As a result, I was offered one of the first sets of the product (as explained below) for review. Without further a-doo-doo, here is my review, adapted slightly to the MTBR crowd (ok, maybe 2 or 3 of you). You know who you are.
Well, ODI, maker of the ever-popular Lock-On grips, has hit the jackpot once again. For people like me with big hands, long fingers or both (and you know what THAT means!), they've come out with Girth Grips. Girth Grips are super-fat bar grips that are 3 inches in diameter. I repeat, 3 FOCKING INCHES IN DIAMETER! (Do I really need the exclamation point?) Going in a totally opposite direction of the grips that are paper-thin and make you feel like you're gripping a pencil wrapped in SaranWrap, Girth Grips allow you to ride in total comfort; absorbing bar shock with aplomb, and letting you ride for hours without fatigue.
As seen in the picture, I've mounted a set on my bike, and have been riding the hell out of them. I can't tell you what a difference this has made in my riding style & prowess. So I won't. For more reviews, just keep an eye peeled to your favorite mountain biking magazine, as ODI plans an all-out print media blitz in the December mags (as Mountain Bike Action's February issue is already out, see either the March issue, out on November 3rd, or April's issue, due Nov. 15th). Bike Magazine has plans in the works for an entire issue of a future mag dedicated to Squamish (oh, and Girth Grips) riding. A little bit of trivia here for you trivia buffs: The Girth Grip was almost called The Squamish, but cooler heads prevailed.
Plans to come out with a Lock-On version are being considered, but industry insiders insist that there is no need for the Lock-Ons, it will only add to the cost.
Made of a space-age rubber from the Alibangbang (Bauhinia malabarica) tree, the ODI Girth Grips slide on regulation-diameter bars with ease, and tighten tenatiously to the bar within minutes, without the consumer needing to do a thing, other than gape in amazement. To remove the grip, simply blast it with any airhorn-type device. Or anything over 130 db will suffice. Soundwaves counter the grip on the bar, using a complicated mathematical equation that I don't understand, unless Sheldon plans to explain it on The Big Bang Theory anytime soon. All I know is that Penny can hold my Girth Grip any time she wants, if you know what I mean and I'm sure you do.
So! Please keep an eye peeled to your favorite mag for a review. I'm going riding with my new Girth Grips!
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