Saturday, September 21, 2013

Ergon GP2 Hand Grips

Getting ready for my first Brompton cycling tour the only modification I thought would be necessary is in the hand grip. Bromptons stock handlebar grips are made of foam, are comfortable but only allow for a standard hand position. In my experience while cycling long distance it is necessary to be able to shift position in order to relax muscles and make the ride less taxing.
Having used Ergon GP2 Grips on my Dahon folding bike I thought they were extremely comfortable. The extensions allow a more extended position but also they are designed in such a way that the palm of your hand can rest naturally on the flattened surface and make for a much more comfortable ride overall.
On my M-type Brompton these had to be cut to size as their length was excessive, otherwise they do not seem to affect the fold of the bike and the handlebar is folded to its original position with the handlebar extensions only lightly touching the floor.

2 comments:

  1. I have Ergon grips on my Bridgestone XO3 aand love them. Do they interfere with rolling the Bromptonwhen folded?

    By the way, you've got a great site on touring with the Brompton.

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  2. Hi Miguel and thanks. Using them on the Brompton doesn't affect the fold itself but it is a very tight fit and mine just lightly touch the floor when the bike is folded. They might interfere with rolling the folded Brompton but I believe that with a little adjustment and turning the grips to a different angle might just do it... I personally don't roll the bike folded so i was more interested in fitting them at an angle that makes for a comfortable ride as well as not affecting the fold of the bike.

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