Bike grips, handlebars
Handlebars and grips fulfill a central function of bicycles. They allow the rider to turn in either direction. That's why grips have to feel secure in your hands. They must also provide cushioning and comfort so your hands don't get tired during long trips. Your handlebars often shake vigorously when you're mountain biking. With the right grips, you can reduce holding force and increase security. Handlebars for trekking and mountain biking have non-slip rubber grips, optionally furnished with one or more bolts (grip screws). Road bike handlebars, however, are wrapped with handlebar tape. Retrofitting grips are available through RaceFace and the accessory manufacturer Spank, among others.
Get a grip on everything
The choice of grip material depends on the use. In the area of trekking, grip designs with palm rests (ergo-grips) are used. They allow a smoother ride over long distances. For mountain bikes and MTBs, narrower grip types with different profiles and rubber mixtures are used. These generate grip and control in all conditions. Ideally, handlebar grips are supported by functional cycling gloves with various types of cushioning and well-adhering surfaces.
Handlebar tape: Form and function
Handlebar tape is more than just a complete replacement for grips on road bikes. It's made in a variety of colors and materials, and it has long been a tuning accessory. Handlebar tape is supposed to cover aluminum or carbon handles, add to their diameter, and provide grip and comfort. In addition to choosing the right material, skillful winding technology is important. The proper execution of winding determines the final outcome. There are countless handlebar variants on the market. With leather, a textile feel, or special cushioning, everyone can choose the right tape for a bike.
Grip screws for added safety
Drivers and grip screws are a choice for trekking and MTB. The former are simply plugged into the ends of handlebars. The latter are affixed with small screws. Drivers are used for trekking bikes and moderate biking styles. MTB riders rely on additional screwed-in elements when they're navigating rough terrain. The resulting increase in safety is apparent. But be careful: Most clamps only require a minimal torque of about 4 newton-meters. The correct values are usually inscribed on the product.
A wide variety of applications
The good news: Grips aren't restricted to a single recommended use. For example, a good MTB grip can be used for touring as well as racy downhills. If you can name your general area of application, you'll quickly find the ideal grip for you.