My bicycle’s cockpit has undergone several evolutionary cycles. From the original equipment compact drops bar to a Salsa Cowchipper to a flat bar with bar ends to the current configuration:
I spoke about the TOGS in a prior post. This is about my switch to Oury grips. Or, rather, a switch back to Oury grips since these were my go-to option back in the go-go mountain bike 1990s.
For the past couple of seasons I have ridden with Ergon GP1 grips. I liked them well enough and felt that on rides of twenty miles or so there was an increased level of comfort. Past the twenty mile mark my hands fell victim to the same comfort issues with other grips or bar configurations. It was better than the discomfort I experienced with drop bars—compact or flared, it did not matter—but it was not good when I was looking to increase the mileage of my weekend rides into the fifty mile realm.
The problem, in my opinion, is that while the Ergon grips were comfortable there was a prescriptive nature to the grip where only a single position was possible for any period of time. Once that became uncomfortable you were shit out of luck.
With the Oury grips there is no set position for your hand. You are free to rotate around the circumference of the grip. Combined with the TOGS you can really switch up for hand/wrist positions in a lot of ways on the fly as you ride.
The Oury grips are also a little thicker, but not fat paw thick, and squishy so a non-glove wearing rider like myself does not feel impaired. Trust me, some of the grips out there have a texture and hardness that is akin to a rotary grinder disc. Maybe that is just me.
This setup has been good to go on the thirty mile rides I have been knocking out during coronavirus isolation. I am very curious to see how things play out when I aim for some fifty mile or more rides in June. Stay tuned.
Note: I paid for these Oury grips with my own money and received nothing in compensation to recommend the product. It is just something that I think is a good thing.