Sep 15 2009
Barney Ward enjoys riding his mountain bike, Sturdy Steed, on bike paths and rough roads, but his hands get numb after a time. I know the feeling, and so do a lot of other cyclists. Tingling and numbness is a sign of nerve damage, and you ignore it at your peril. One way to help alleviate numbness is to wear padded bike gloves, but that’s not always enough. It surely wasn’t enough for Barney, so he took the plunge and bought a pair of Ergon grips for Sturdy Steed.
Ergon grips cost a bit over USD30 and are sized to fit small, medium, and large hands, so choose the size which works for you. Barney bought size small to fit his hands, and had to customize one side to fit the shifter. The main selling point of Ergon grips is that they have a wide, cushioned area where your palm rests/ The company claims this will ease the tingling and pain which come with other grips. After a short trial, Barney is happy with the decision to buy Ergon grips, but more trials need to be done. But hey, that means more bicycling! Read Barney’s full report on his blog, Old Fat Man Adventures.