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One of the easiest ways to feel more comfortable when commuting is to upgrade your handlebar grips. Check out our range of Ergon Grips here.
When it comes to improving your comfort on your commute, we look at your touch points on the bike. Your touch points are your butt on your saddle, your feet on your pedals and your hands on your handlebars. Or your shifter hoods if you ride a drop-bar bicycle.
Commuter bikes come in many forms, but a common type is the hybrid or flat bar commuter bike. And these bikes usually come stock with a standard straight rubber handlebar grip. These can be great, but they also aren’t designed for a long life or a lot of use. If your commute is long or you have had your bike for a year you may find your hands are suffering on deteriorating or uncomfortable grips. This is very fixable! Upgrading your grips can make the world of difference.
We stock a brand of handlebar grips that is particularly well engineered for comfort. As well as just being a better form of grip. With a strong locking mechanism and made of a higher quality rubber compound than a standard grip. This means that they will stay on your handlebar longer. No rolling around or slipping when you stand up to pedal! And the rubber will not perish like other grips.
Ergon Grips are superior handlebar grips & as seasoned commuters ourselves we use these grips on our bikes – and especially on our bikepacking bikes! Ergon grips are designed to provide a wide platform for your hand to rest on, reducing the fatigue you can experience gripping the bars on your ride. Giving you a nice wide platform to rest the heel of your palm on means that your hand position is more relaxed and you will experience less pain in your hands.
If like many of us you commute with a backpack on then you may be experiencing shoulder fatigue by the end of your ride. Having a comfortable and natural hand position on the bike can make you feel less weighed down! And if you already have the additional weight on your back of a backpack then your hands are under some strain. Fitting a more ergonomic grip to your handlebars can eliminate a problem you didn’t know you had!
After a hot summer it’s also just a good idea to replace your grips – rubber does not age well in the Australian heat and you may find your grips are getting tacky. Make your commute a little more pleasant with some fresh rubber.