Friday, March 23, 2007

Hands to be Happy in Arkansas




This has been a good week. Decent weather, lighter workouts (thx coach), french silk pie, and ... (drum roll please) some most excellent handle grips. I mean if they're good enough for Luna Chix, methinks I'll dig 'em big time. So, a HUGE thank you goes out to Mr. 24 aka Jeff Kerkove for hooking me up with these Ergons. I think the green'll look pretty sweet with the blood red Badger.

13 comments:

bryan said...

Kerkove got you Ergons? Damn! I need those. And a bike. I'm green -- but not Ergon green -- with envy.

Chris said...

I see those around everywhere now. I don't see how they are so great, but apparently they are. If I get back into mtb, I will have to give them a try.

Neve_r_est said...

With these grips I think people either love them or hate them.

I won a set of the standard(no bar end) mens Ergons a couple years ago, but I didn't much care for them. I found that when I stood up or changed position on the bar it felt like I was losing alot of grip, like I could just slide off the front with a sudden jolt.

I've heard some say the womens version is better, as it is a little smaller so you can get a better wrap on it.

I suppose for the right event or rider, one where you stay seated and in the same position most of the time, this might be just the ticket.

Personally I'm pretty partial to my ESI/Cane creek combo, as I can still get a good wrap on the bar for when I'm standing up wiggling around, and rest my palm on the tail end of the bar end to reduce the pressure on my hands while seated.

DG

oldmanandhisbike said...

Very cool. I don't even care if they work; I've got to have a pair!

Rob said...

My hands come off the bars with those in the real tech stuff. Maybe hold off until after this weekend until you know for sure they are for you.

sydney_b said...

Rob, one of the reasons I'm going out Thursday is to get a chance to ride all my equipment a little before racing on Sunday. So, I think I'll know by Saturday evening whether these are going to work for me.

Squirrel said...

I'll be rocking mine too Sydney...only one "REAL" way to test product...and it isn't on the damn pavement:)

Peace

Neve_r_est said...

You're trying the Enduro series grip tho, right Squirrely? Little different ball game than the Race series. It'll be interesting to see what you both think of them.

I'm only using my current setup b/c I haven't found anything better. Take every advantage you can find.

DG

Cornbread said...

FYI, Skip rocked a pair similiar to those for 24 Hour nationals last year and probably ended up with some nerve damage. He couldn't feel his hands for a few days. Be sure they're set up correctly.

Jeff Kerkove said...

Set up is key. I can't say this enough.

Just as there isn't one magic saddle out there...there isn't one magic grip.

As much as I hate to say it...results will vary from person to person.

VeloCC said...

I haven't tried them but wanted to for a long time...they MUST be good since they are made in Germany:))

sydney_b said...

good point veloCC.

Cornbread, one of the reasons I'm looking forward to trying these is that my hands took about two days to uncurl from Landahl and the outer edges didn't stop hurting for nearly a week.

PLUS... I'm a bit of a tech geek and it doesn't stop on computers.

:)

Super Bon Bon said...

Hey Sydney! I raced with the Women's Ergon grips @ Spoke Pony - I thought they'd be great for keeping my wrists straighter and alleviate arm/neck pain. I got the biggest blister on the palm of my hand but it could of been from moving my hand over to my grip shifters as well. I'm going to angle them down a bit and give them another go @ Ouachita. I kind of like the small bars ends too. Just FYI - see ya on Sunday!