Bicycle grips are one of the most important elements of our bicycle, since they are the part that puts our hands in contact with the handlebars and their purpose is to guarantee a good grip and comfort. For this purpose, the surface of the grips is non-slip, thus preventing the hands from slipping accidentally. There are a large number of models depending on their shapes and materials of manufacture, so that today it is easy to improve both the comfort and aesthetics of the bicycle.
Types of cuffs
Depending on the material of manufacture there are several types of grips, from rubber, resin, leather, artificial leather, cork, wood, to the most modern ones made of synthetic cotton, such as the Brooks cambium range.
All these materials are designed to absorb the vibrations that occur when cycling and improve riding comfort.
Depending on how they are fitted, there are two main types, those with metal fasteners and those with snap fasteners. Metal clamps are those that consist of a cuff and metal rings or clamps to secure them. The pressure ones, also known as sleeves, are those that are inserted into the handlebar and remain fixed without the need of any additional mechanism.
Replacement of grips
One of the disadvantages of this type of cuffs is that once they are put on they remain fixed almost permanently and sometimes it can be somewhat cumbersome to replace them.
We prick with a needle the cuff so that it comes out in a simple way. In the same way we wet a little the cuff that we want to put so that it slips correctly and it is simple to place it. Once the alcohol has dried, the cuff is correctly fixed and will not move. Ergonomic grips There is a special type of grips that are designed to avoid the tingling sensation after spending a long time on the bike. The latest generation of ergonomic grips optimizes the position of the hands and reduces pressure on the most sensitive nerves. They will provide greater comfort and safety.
Maintenance of bicycle grips
Although it may not seem like it, the grips also require maintenance, since they are, together with the tires, the accessories that suffer the most wear and tear due to use.
Their maintenance is simple, just clean them from time to time so that dirt does not affect their anti-slip properties. This happens when they are worn out, so it is convenient to replace them.