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    Rigid and blisters

    Ok, this is a serious question that I am sure will get plenty of silly answers.

    I fully understand that if you handle your rigid front end often or long enough, you will have blisters in/on your hand.

    So, now that is out of the way, does anyone have issues with blisters while running a rigid fork? I currently use full finger gloves that probably need replaced. I don't get huge blisters, but after a 3+ hour ride they are starting to form. I try not to grip the bars too tight, but I also don't want them to shake out of my hands.

    Currently they are in the hand right at the base of the fingers and along the side of my thumb. I have switched to Ergon grips and it has helped a lot, but now they just show up much later in a ride.

    any thoughts?

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    No problems here. I have had problems in that past with a particular setup that started to cause blisters. The gloves were a bit stretched and the grips were quite tacky, so my hand was always wanting to slide within the glove no matter how I gripped, and this constant high-pressure rubbing started some blisters. Impacts alone have never cause me blisters though, and my trails have a lot of rocks

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    Not in three years of ss rigid, have I gotten a blister. Maybe a difffrent brand of glove is in order? My favorite summer glove is the 661 Raji. Winter gloves are Moose off road gloves. My grips are Oury lock ons, and ODI Rogues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mo0se
    Not in three years of ss rigid, have I gotten a blister. Maybe a difffrent brand of glove is in order? My favorite summer glove is the 661 Raji. Winter gloves are Moose off road gloves. My grips are Oury lock ons, and ODI Rogues.
    Ditto.

    Never once had a blister from running my rigid fork. My hands will get numb from time to time but that takes getting used to (moving your hands and tweaking your setup just right). Maybe you should post the type of gloves and grips you are using. However, it sounds like more riding style or adjustment may be the root cause.

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    I've only gotten blisters once, been riding rigid all my life, from a new pair of gloves that had some very thick stitching in and around the palms. Swapped gloves, problem went away immediately. Do you wear rings? My wedding ring gave me a very small sore spot when I first started wearing it, but it has long since turned into a callous.

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    Rigid and foam grips with no gloves and no blisters

    Have you tried without the gloves to see if they are actually the thing rubbing?

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    I'd bet on the gloves themselves as the culprit -- I've had some where a seam caused a blister. That was on my last pair, when they were pretty much worn-out. Also, I switched to ergons around the same time. Not sure if that contributed to making my hands feel better.

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    Keep riding. Eventually the blisters will turn to callouses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    Keep riding. Eventually the blisters will turn to callouses.

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    +1 the end of my palm where my fingers meet are pretty nasty callouses. i ride gloves one day and gloves the next. and gloves usually make it worse...

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    Is it only on your right hand? Haha

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    nope, both hands...... :-)

    I am actually using two different pair of gloves. They are both old and really need replaced.

    I have not tried going bkb, but that is a good idea.

    I currently run Ergon GP1 and they have helped a bunch. Before that I was running some S&M lock on grips.

    These are not huge blisters, but more like just soar spots. Maybe they will just get better in time.

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    The old gloves are the culprit. Any looseness in your gloves will translate to blisters. They should be super tight, but there shouldn't be any excess material to move or 'fold' at the palm side of the first knuckle.

    I used to get these all the time. I tried riding a couple times without my ill fitting gloves and they actually got better. Go figure.

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    I don't get blisters from riding rigid.
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    wash and dry your gloves so they shrink. Let your blisters heal and try again.

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    does the OP mean callouses? I have callouses on the base of my index/ring & little finger on both hands and inside the first knuckle of both thumbs. I contribute this to SS. standing and pulling up on the bars for leverage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gatman
    ...I fully understand that if you handle your rigid front end often or long enough, you will have blisters in/on your hand. ...
    I think you're using a death grip. I hold my bars fairly loosely and I have no trouble in 12 or 24 hour races.

    Try drop bars such as Midge etc where you are hooked into the drops. Somewhere on these forums is a really good post on the hows and whys - I think by Shiggy.
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    try using roadie bar tape and wrap your handle bar really thick and plush. i never got blisters w/ regular grips but i like bar tape as grips.
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    I would definitely look at gloves first. Used to be axo gloves were the only full fingered ones that fit my hands just right. I've been using Specialized BG full fingers(with padding) for almost two years now though and love em. I've never had a better fitting glove.

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    1. Wash your old gloves
    2. Buy new gloves
    3. Maybe buy new grips, Rogues seem to work for alot of SSers.
    4. Bar tape sucks on a mtb in my opinion and looks stupid.
    5. Keep your open wounds clean and medicated
    6. keep riding, then ride some more. All will get better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gatman
    So, now that is out of the way, does anyone have issues with blisters while running a rigid fork?
    No. I have ESI Chunky grips and Cane Creek Ergo II bar ends, my hands are moving around most of the ride from grips for braking to bar ends for climbing.

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    I had some blistering from using gloves with too much padding (and that were maybe a little big) - things would move and rub. I switched to some snug but cheapo, lightly padded full-finger gloves from Auclair. Combined with a set of ESI Silicone Chunky grips (I love these - light, soft and comfortable), and I am good for hours on my rigid 26'er.

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