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Buyer's Guide: Bike Grips

What to Consider When Buying Bike Grips

If you've spent any time at all shopping for mountain bikes, you've no doubt noticed the wide variety in the bike grips available. A strong grip is essential for a safe, comfortable ride and these are available in several different types. You have the option of investing in a bike that comes with its own grip, but even if you aren't that lucky, there's a wide variety of aftermarket grip options out there. Here's a bike grip buying guide to help you make your decision.

Mountain Bike Grips For serious cyclists, they're a must. Strong grip or not, there is no getting around the need to hold onto something during cycling's biggest events: the race. Whether you're climbing a steep mountain trail or stopping for a breather, a firm and sturdy grip is essential for a better, more comfortable ride. These are typically the most expensive and strongest mountain bike grips of all.

Sports Bike Grips When it comes to using a sports bike for cycling instead of a road bike, there's an endless number of options. Not all of them are appropriate for use in cycling, however, and many of the different types of sports bike grips out there won't be comfortable or work well for certain sports. Most include a strip of rubber along the rail of the handlebars, but there are also many different types of grips that are designed specifically for biking. From smooth exterior designs to knuckle-style grips (which look just like a finger), there are many different types of sport bike grips out there.

Downhill Bike Grips Although perhaps not as common as the other two grips, downhills are perhaps the most popular. The most common types of downhills are tapered, bull nose or smooth. The downfall of these is that they can be very slippery, and you may find yourself sliding on the road while racing downhill. The good news is that all different types of slip-on grips are designed to fit the road and give you a better grip. For the most part, these are made to be very durable and strong, but they do have a couple of drawbacks: they can be a bit sticky and they tend to wear out after a few months of heavy use.

Silicone Bike Grips While these types aren't as common as the other two grips, their popularity is growing. The biggest advantage of these is that they are very easy to clean and they don't produce much vibration. The biggest downfall of these is that they are typically only made from silicone, which is a very thin, flexible substance. This means that the friction caused by passing on road imperfections will not be as noticeable. Also, silicone is somewhat sticky when new, so owners will usually have to replace the grips after a while.

Full suspension bike handlebars and full suspension handlebars These are the most popular, because they give you the feeling of riding at top speed, without the feeling of stress and strain on your body. When you first start riding, you will likely want to go with one of these. You can choose from hydraulic, semi-rebound, or disc brake. Most sales people will suggest that you choose one of each, but there are also several companies that make a semi-reciprocal, or compatible, handlebar grip. This will give you a little more comfort while riding.

Lightweight full suspension mountain biking handlesbars And, perhaps, the most popular type of bike handlebars. These provide a smoother riding experience and much better handling. The main draw of these is that they are usually much thinner than traditional handlebars. However, the downsides of having a thin bar include: lower clearance, less strength and vibration dampening. Also, they often don't have the spring system for the shock absorption of heavier loads.

Thick and heavy mud flaps These offer a lot of mud protection and are ideal for riding in sandy conditions. However, because they are heavy, they can also be quite uncomfortable for your hands, making them poor choices for driving in muddy conditions. The best grip materials for mud riding are those that have a combination of hard plastic bar ends and a stiffer rubber insert with grooves for a custom fit. The extra grip that you get is better than having little to no grip to begin with.

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