Reddit reviews: The best bike grips

We found 111 Reddit comments discussing the best bike grips. We ran sentiment analysis on each of these comments to determine how redditors feel about different products. We found 81 products and ranked them based on the amount of positive reactions they received. Here are the top 20.

Top Reddit comments about Bike Grips:

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/bicycletouring

Nope....Jones bars are ten times better! Bought both at same time and the Jones Bars ultimately win for all kinds of reasons.

  1. Trekking bars still bring hand/wrist numbness, and don't give you the true amount of positions Jones bars does with the sweep. If you like an even "more" upright position, then the Trekking bars don't truly do it like Jones and there really is no comparison unless you have tried both for yourself. I have extensively. ALWAYS have numbness with Trekking bars, once you get the Jones bars truly dialed in, I don't anymore. There is also a Jones Loop Bar that has an additional 2.5" rise if you want even more of an upright rise which I do. https://www.jonesbikes.com/jones-sg-2-5-aluminum-loop-h-bar/ I started withe Jones Bars, bought Trekking bar to try in comparison, used it for a little while, there are "some" things nicer about it, but overall, no way IMO. Trekking bar has been hanging on the wall since untouched. Probably should just sell it but it's nice having options laying around if you want to try different things I guess.
  2. Trekking bars you can't hang last minute grocery bags off the ends of the bars where they are out of the way, Jones bars with the sweep you can practically hang half a grocery cart in bags off them if you want. If you use the bike for your utility/commuter you will love it from this perspective! Trekking bars has zero real estate to hang extra bags off from this capacity. If you have an Apocalypse bike or your "one and only" kind of bike person, then you will LOVE the Jones bars for all the added stuff and stability it gives you. It's funny because for this reason alone, I have never put the Trekking bars back on my bike.
  3. Serendipity that I didn't expect was the added stability and how much more confident and comfortable you feel on them in all capacities, especially if you go off road from time to time and go downhill.
  4. The only thing that they lack IMO is the additional stability if you want to "get down" on the bars in a crouched position with your hands forward like when you are on aero bars. The stability can get a little spooky and getting use to at high speeds and not for the tame. But I have found it is actually easier to utilize the entire triangle and sweep with your arms in a "triangle" position with your hands holding the most forward bars in the middle. I know Jeff sells an extension bar: https://www.jonesbikes.com/jones-gnarwal/ that you can add to it to get down on the bars better, but I can't speak for them having no experience around that component, but my "gut" says that it will still be kind of spooky at high speeds if you had to transition from that extension bar to the brakes suddenly at a high rate of speed.

    I personally would like to figure out a way to add aero bars in combination with the Jones bars and see how that would be on touring before I would add that extension bar, but that is me personally, and I am only talking from assumptions and own personal wants is all now.

  1. The other great thing about Jones bars is get them, try them out, if you don't ultimately like them, they hold their resale value...in fact, it's difficult to even find them used at the time of my looking anywhere on Ebay, Craigslist nationwide, etc... so if you find out you truly hate them (which I don't think you will), you can simply resell them at close to cost probably.

    I personally wouldn't buy a Jones bars used because I would worry about the validity of the weld seams and possible accident crash, but that is not trusting humans more than the actual product. If I knew they were just descent used bars in no crashes, I would snatch them up if they were ascetically descent. They just don't seem to lose value and I would also guess that the other humans trust humans more than I do so I think throwing them on Ebay they would be snatched up. Even if I decided I didn't ultimately want them on my bike long term, I would still want them hanging on wall or sitting on a shelf somewhere to throw them on from time to time because shredding back country can be fun on them. I just love them for the extra stability. Even for stupid stuff like when you get to an area that is "too technical" for you, which happens to me often taking a hybrid bike off road a lot, it's like having a "walker" on extra stability moving through all that stuff. Like a "walker" old folks use LOL. That might sound silly, but if you are older and a bit more fragile, it's pretty nice using your brakes and your bike with extra wide stability when you have to push and pull manually through that stuff, and getting through some pretty gnarly stuff. Now of course if you have a rad bike that isn't a problem, and if you have a rad bike with Jones bars you are flying over that stuff...but if you have the "one bike" that does everything like me, then it's just an added serendipity bonus of having the bike even more stable when I have to do some serious push/pull kind of stuff from time to time.

    Jones Bars are so good IMO that I am actually building a bicycle around the bars themselves and would even look at his Bicycles now as well. He makes a great product in my opinion.

    Also, folks will recommend the Surly Moloko bars but they are a quite different feeling from Jones Bars and actually sit a little bit more forward, and the two front extensions on those bars don't really satisfy "getting down on the bars" long term from the tiny sample I had on them. They are good for crouching down into a head wind but you feel way more forward and not in a natural position I would want to be for many miles. You can use this: http://whatbars.com/ to put the bars on top of one another and see what I mean about how the geometry is different and the Moloko bars are more forward than I personally care for.

    The last thing I will say is the actual "setup" on the grips themselves...

    Jeff Jones sells: https://www.jonesbikes.com/jones-eva-h-grips/ which I originally liked. They were simple and nice and thick originally, they break down over time on thickness. The nice thing about these is that the grips put the brake levers all the way up by the welds as far up on the bar as you can go. I personally think this is the best place for the brake levers to go, and where your hands will sit the most, almost like as if you are on your hoods all the time.

    I have seen people use Ergon grips: https://www.amazon.com/Ergon-42410005-GP1-Grips-Large/dp/B00P49WLYK/ref=sr_1_2/133-5316717-0295105?ie=UTF8&qid=1550638621&sr=8-2&keywords=Ergon+grips like these, and they end up putting the break levers further down just outside the end of these grips. There is a big difference between where "these" grips would end on the bars versus where the grips I mentioned above would end. When people mount these types of grips with the break lever lower, IMO, they are doing themselves a big injustice and taking away from their hand positions, and force your hands to sit more down in the sweep than may need be at times.

    I found the perfect solution! Cut the Jones grips down (or a similar product) almost in half, and add them "plus" the Ergon grips on together. So you a "partial" Jones grip up high towards the weld and brake lever, and then have the bottom part of the handle the Ergon grip. Then you still have multiple hand positions, the comfort and beauty of the Ergon grips, and can still sit up by the welds like "as if" you are on your hoods and get to the break levers quicker because they are right by your fingers rather than all the way back down the bar by the end of the Ergon grips. You also now get your Jones grips to last twice as long because you only need "one" of them at a time because you are cutting them in half and more shelf life that way out of a pair too.

    The added benefit of setting up your bars this way and adding Ergon grips just takes the bars to another level for touring IMO. I have put on a LOT of miles on this setup and I will probably "always" setup any MTB, trekking, or touring bike with Jones bars with an MTB setup.

    Then the added benefit of it is that you can utilize MTB groupsets which opens your touring bike up to more options IMO.

    The "only" real downside that you can say about the bars is the "wideness" of them, especially if you hang a mirror off the ends of the bars. It will feel like a motorcycle wide kind of thing. Moving through doorways, down hallways, etc... I have to turn the mirror in and even without it, you are extremely wide. If you are trying to get down a narrow sidewalk with someone else wide passing, one of you is stopping for a moment. There are plenty of times I have had to stop the bike and pull over to let someone get through. On roads without shoulders, you will feel scary wide at times. However, I have learned to utilize this towards my advantage. Sometimes making yourself bigger is a good thing and with a mirror hung off it, it forces cars to go even a "little" wider than normal which creates an even safer buffer zone serendipity. I also honestly think just because of how wide you are, in those "close" spots where a car "might" still attempt to squeeze through not caring about your comfort or safety, it makes them second guess and actually sit and wait behind you "if" it is truly that tight and they shouldn't go around you anyway with a little love and patience. However, when you do get that one person who thinks its more important to watch the yellow line on their left rather than your safety and they do come extremely close, it can be unsettling how wide you are. I feel ten times more stable on Jones bars than I do normal bars anyway!

u/PattiAnners · 18 pointsr/ladycyclists

I am a very plus sized girl with a very big butt.

I have used many different saddles, but have finally settled on a Brooks B17s.

Don't fall into the "my butt is big so I obviously need this super wide saddle" thing. It's not true and who cares if your butt completely swallows the saddle, as long as it's comfortable for you.

Brooks saddles can be expensive and since you're a beginner, I doubt you want to pay that much for a saddle. My second favorite has been a Selle Respiro.

When I started out, I didn't use padded shorts. Once I did start to use them, it was a life saver. I am now at the point where I don't need to use them, but I will if I know i'm riding for a longer period of time or if I do two semi-long rides two days in a row.

Plus sized womens cycling clothing is a little hard to come by at a good price sometimes, so I ended up buying some men's padded shorts. My favorite so far has been these Canari shorts. I am pretty big with really big thighs and a 2x fits me pretty well.

With these shorts, you'll probably want to use some anti-chafing cream. I use Her Butt'r, but I'm sure anything you find at your bike shop should suffice. I haven't ever used anything else, so I don't know how they compare.

I found this company called Aerotech Designs that does some plus sized womens cycling clothing. My favorite shorts are these commuter shorts, which i'm actually wearing right now, because i'm about to go for a ride.

As an overweight person, your first instinct might be to wear loose clothing and you're obviously welcome to find out for yourself, but tighter fitting clothes are definitely better while riding. As long as you're comfortable and safe, it doesn't matter what you wear, though.

Also, this has nothing to do with weight or size, but since you're a beginner and i've already typed a large wall of text, I thought i'd throw it in there. I'm assuming you'll be using flat pedals. Make sure the shoes you choose to wear don't have a super cushy sole. You want something that is a little harder. I still use flats and I wear trail running shoes. These Nike Air Terra Kigers in particular. They are kind of expensive, but the sole is nice and hard, but still comfortable. Plus, the sole is very grippy and provides extra slip resistant while using the flat pedals. And they're great for when I want to get off the bike and walk through the woods.

On top of these things:
-Make sure your bike fits you. It won't matter what you wear or what seat you have, if your bike doesn't fit you.

-Give it some time. You will be sore at first no matter what seat you use and what padded shorts you wear. But it's worth it.

-If your hands get sore, try looking in to some grips that give you different hand position choices. I used Ergon grips until I got a bike with drop bars.

-Also, going off the last one, don't be afraid of drop bars if you do get more into cycling and start looking at different bikes. I have a touring bike which has a more upright geometry than most road bikes and I love it.

That's all I can think of right now. I know I wrote a huge wall of text, so I apologize if it's too much. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

Also, I just want to add that I don't get money for those Amazon links or anything. I just buy a lot of stuff from Amazon so I had the stuff in my purchase history lol

u/dorekk · 1 pointr/bicycling

Love the accents on your MTB. What pedals are those?

Also, it looks like you don't have locking grips? I highly suggest some. I have these in red: http://www.amazon.com/Multi-position-Bicycle-Handlebar-Great-Replacement/dp/B008FTZBC0/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=27YULV4MFFFI8&coliid=I1JMC2HCWH09S4. The bar ends are good for climbing, and the ergo shape is pretty comfortable. Or you could go with some ODI grips with blue locks (usually they sell grips and locks separately so you can mix and match): http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_n_3?rh=n%3A3375251%2Cp_4%3AOdi%2Cn%3A%213375301%2Cn%3A3403201%2Cn%3A3404731%2Cn%3A6389387011%2Cn%3A3494261&bbn=6389387011&ie=UTF8&qid=1374167706&rnid=6389387011

Love your blue chainring bolts. Those and pedals are the next (and probably final) changes I'll make to my MTB. Maybe some red presta covers, too, just for extra bling factor. You should get a blue quick release :) I have a red Salsa like yours on my bike.

I'm running a single chainring setup, as well (1x9). Love the simplicity. Can't crosschain!

u/SteenerNeener · 1 pointr/bicycling

First and foremost, the most important thing for comfort is a bike that fits you properly and is adjusted to you. If it's not a shop that does fittings, then you might want to consider a different shop. I love my first LBS, the people there are awesome, but I would've been saved a world of issues if I had been properly fit on my hybrid the day I bought it.

Padded shorts help but they're not really a requirement until you're spending a lot of time in the saddle.

Now, I'm not saying go out and buy all this stuff. You might need none of it to start with, but all the stuff I've bought....

The cheapest pair of shorts found with good padding start at $50, and they're Bontrager (Trek's house brand) ones I bought from one of my local bike shops.

I've had my eye on these for some time as a second pair, to see if the chamois is as good or better. Still $50.

Super soft squishy gel saddles are crap. Do not buy them.

Stock saddles almost always suck, ask your LBS for recommendations. If they're a Trek dealer, and it's a Bontrager brand saddle, you can always return it within 30 days and try another.

No matter what grips come on your bike, these are probably world's better. These were literally the first thing I ordered for my wife's Trek 6.2 when she complained her hands were hurting.

These are twice as expensive but the bar ends are really nice for longer rides, to give you more hand positions to work with. It's the same base grip, just with added bar ends. I've had them on my hybrid for some time now.

I still rock this saddle on my hybrid. It's comfortable now for short-ish rides w/o shorts, and I can do about 30 miles on it without trouble.

This is the saddle on my cross bike that I put a hundred miles a week on. It's a bit squishy, but firm.

I wear these gloves when I ride as well, but that's more because I have issues with carpal tunnel and this keeps the pressure off.

As far as tops go, I just started wearing jerseys (I'm still 25ish lbs overweight), this is the one I went with. I'm not saying go for one right away, they're fairly tight and I'm still kind of uncomfortable in it along w/ bike shorts, but I've always been one of those "uncomfortable in his body" fat guys, who wore over-sized clothes in a poor attempt to hide it.

I rode in stuff from Old Navy until recently. Over my bike shorts, I wore some knee-length running shorts, and for a top I just used one of their $10 Go-Dri t-shirts, to wick sweat.

Cotton sucks. You'll be way more comfortable in a shirt that's designed to keep you cool and dry.

Oh, and one last thing, if you get bike shorts, you don't wear underwear. They are your underwear.

I've spent a lot of money on cycling over the months, but it's my primary hobby now, so I don't mind.

u/mindeyesight · 3 pointsr/bicycling

Ok, so it seems to be ulnar nerve compression which would primarily result in sensory deficits (aka numbness, tingling, stinging) to the ring finger and pinky finger. It would also result in motor deficits (difficulty moving) some of the intrinsic muscles of the hand including lumbricals 3-4, the hypothenar muscles, and PADS and DABS. All of those things together would make most of your hand ache.

So, management is avoiding compressing the ulnar nerve (duh), but what does that actually mean in practice? The best thing to do is to hold your hands in a more neutral position while riding. The neutral position for the hands/wrists is holding your hands in front of you with the thumbs pointed up (like riding on the hoods on a drop-bar bike or this), which is problematic for a ATB/MTN bike with straight horizontal bars. For your handlebars, you should try to get some Ergo Grips which have a better shape for reducing ulnar nerve compression than straight round grips, but ideally you would add some grips with bar ends like these Ergon GP2s which would allow you to use a neutral hand position and avoid compressing the ulnar nerve. Padded gloves may also help, and surgery is available if this becomes a terribly severe chronic issue.

I don't know what kind of riding you do on your Haro 29er, but hopefully these suggestions are feasible, comfortable, and won't limit your riding. Let me know if you have any questions or if I was unclear.

Also, I just checked my notes from the fall; the "definitive" test for ulnar nerve compression is a clawing of digits 4 (ring finger) and 5 (pinky finger) when trying to make a fist.

u/Zenigata · 1 pointr/cycling

I've had bar ends on one or more of my bikes for about 20 years now so I'd say I've a fair bit of experience.

There's lots of variety in bar ends, my personal preference is for either bar ends which blend into the grips such as these they tend to be very short but you can rest your hands in a variety of ways on the grips and ends and tend to be very comfortable, they're popular with tourers. I have these on my tandem.

I also like L shape or long bar ends such as these they've gone out of fashion now but I like the extra more stretched out position they give you, I have these on my mtb.

Either option gives you a position that approximates that of bullhorns without the cost and trouble of fitting new bars, levers, tape...

If you go for the L shaped ends make sure to slide your grips down the bar (prise up the end of the grip with a screwdirver and spray some hairspray under it, this initially lubricates the grip so you can move it then sets like glue to secure it), don't just cut off the space needed for the clamp as unless you have very wide grips this will leave your hands cramped.

u/xXsnowXx · 1 pointr/ar15

To be honest, I'm not sure. I'd go check for you but I'm 1500 miles away from them right now.

Side note about the paracord wrapped magazines. It doesn't much a huge difference, but underneath the paracord, the mags have a rubber pistol buffer tube slid over it, which adds a bit more to the thickness. One of these. Trim the end off and trim it to length, and with a little elbow grease it is a night tight fit over the mag. Just can't see the little holes that show how many rounds you have in the mag. The rubber alone is pretty nice, adds some grip and a nice look to the mag, but I like the extra thickness of the paracord.

u/General_Specialist · 4 pointsr/bicycling

If your hands are getting uncomfortable, consider some grips with palm support and little bar ends, like the Ergon GS2. I have them on one of my bikes and they're so much more comfortable than the stock grips were.

My other hybrid has these trekking bars. These bars give you multiple hand positions and they'll work with your existing brake & shift levers. Wrap them with bar tape like a drop handlebar and they feel great. Be aware that you may need a slightly longer stem to get a proper fit.

u/Adventurepew · 1 pointr/MTB

Move both brakes to right hand side,

you can try a thick grip, foam, they help https://www.amazon.com/ESI-Grips-MTB-COL-Chunky-Grip/dp/B00554FMUY

if the thick grip is not enough, you need some kind of system built to keep your hand clicked into the handle bar, look into one handed riders and see what they use. quite a few youtubers only use one hand on the bars! this may be something to look into, use your left hand only for minor stability and learn how to use the right only.


u/1111joey1111 · 2 pointsr/ElectricScooters

Here are a lot of options you may not have thought of. Turn signals in your handlegrips, a turn signal vest, and turn signal gloves. Be sure to check measurements of your handlebars to make sure grips will fit. Also, on a scooter, it would not be a good idea to use the turn signal gloves WHILE moving.

NOCTURNE Licht, World's 1st Smart Bike Light Set, Super Bright LED Headlight, Turn Signal, Brake Light and Emergency Blinker All-in-ONE Gear. Water Resistant (2 Set) (Black)


Firefly Bike Handle Bar Grips with Built-in Turn Signal Indicators


Cheap Grip End lights


Bicycle Turn Signal Aluminum Alloy Mountain Bike Light Handlebar LED Warning Safety Handle Grip Headlight Accessories


Blinker Grips


Turn Signal Vest


Turn signal gloves style 1


Gloves Style 2


u/The_Hammer_Q · 3 pointsr/gopro

I've made a parts list to make one minus the tripod mount and the frame mount since they're a bit easier to find.

Round external battery (Amazon)

Hotshoe 1/4" 20 (Amazon)

Mountain bike handle pair (Amazon)

90 Degree helix mini USB (DX)

I already checked the dimensions to make sure everything would fit together nicely. The battery's diameter is 22.86mm the handle's ID is 23mm. The battery length is 105.92mm, handle is 130mm.

Hope this helps

u/flyingspatula00 · 4 pointsr/MouseReview

I just bought lizard skin tape for my GPW today because the mouse is too thin for me too. I use the 1.8mm thickness one for 10 bucks and put it on both sides which makes my GPW 3.6mm thicker. You can easily stack them too so it will be 5-7mm thicker and surprisingly feels good to the fingers. Just cut out the shape you want its pretty easy.


u/jameane · 2 pointsr/bicycling

I personally do not like flat handlebars. It also sounds like you are too stretched out on the bike. Have you thought a out changing the handlebars to something that sweeps back? And adding ergo grips?

Some of the wrist pain is likely related to putting too much pressure on the bars. The ergo grips will make a big difference. Swept back bars put your wrist in a neutral position, which will likely be more comfortable.

Here is a cheap handlebar option: https://www.amazon.com/d/Bicycle-Handlebars/Wald-Touring-Bicycle-High-Rise-Handlebar/B00IDCHULE

And here are some really comfortable grips: https://www.amazon.com/Ergon-GR9546-P-GP1-Grips/dp/B00PUG828Q

You can get the bars replaced pretty cheaply at a shop and grips are a breeze to do yourself. Or you can do both if you do not mind fiddling.

Good luck.

u/ligglo · 1 pointr/motorcycles

This is where I got them from. Aliexpress wasn't my first choice but I took a chance and it worked! Also here are the levers, mirrors, and grips I installed too. These are fit for the Z900 only, so they probably won't fit a different bike, but I am sure they make something for it.

u/WTFyoukay · 1 pointr/ebikes

Thanks :) 100 mile review coming tomorrow! grips are just some cheap ones off amazon, work well! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BPT2CQ1/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

u/RustlingintheBushes · 2 pointsr/bicycling

Hell yeah, you're gonna love it. The pedals are Race Face Chesters and the grips are ESI Chunky foam grips. Almost wish I would've went with the ESI Extra Chunkies though, I have pretty big hands at 6'2".

u/cyanidepancakes · 1 pointr/FixedGearBicycle

If you want some cheap bullhorns, These are pretty good.

u/meeerod · 2 pointsr/bicycling

Buy some grips from Ergon. I had the same issue on my right hand where it would affect my pinkie and ring fingers on my right hand, it would last a few days. I’m yet to have the issue since buying and using the grips.

u/scd73 · 1 pointr/ElectricScooters

I have these based on a recommendation over on the Boosted Rev subreddit and have been enjoying them:


u/Clbrosch · 4 pointsr/bikewrench


Get these silicon grips and cut to size. Best grips I've ever used. Tons of cool colors for your kid to choose.

u/tatumc · 3 pointsr/MTB

I use the ODI Rogues and like them a lot. They are thicker and help with my giant hands.

u/bicyclehubabaloo · 2 pointsr/bicycletouring

Good of you to put a potential touring setup through it's paces. I'd be very wary of substantial hand numbness with any bar after an hour in the saddle. It will get unbearable on tour.

I never took to butterfly bars and ended up going flat bar with Ergon grips. No problems since. I no longer use bar ends, either. Just one position for hours (which I actually really like). Made the same alteration to my gal's butterfly equipped touring rig and she's now an Ergon convert as well.

They do sell Ergon's with bar ends to offer multiple hand positions, too.


u/ReadySteddy100 · 1 pointr/MTB

I would GREATLY recommend a set of ESI Extra Chunky grips. They made so much more of a difference than I thought simply switching grips could make. They dampen a LOT of vibration from the trail and almost completely eliminated hand pain for me.

ESI Extra Chunky MTB Grip, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AOVWA8K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_65GlzbR0M7VGC

u/rcklmbr · 1 pointr/ebikes

do you think you could fix that with new handlebars, or new grips

regardless, the easy thing to do is get a magic pie v5. The next hardest thing is bbs02. Then get a decent battery. They are both within your budget. distance should be about 30-40 miles depending on how you ride.

u/bobloadmire · 1 pointr/MTB

I can't believe no one is posting the silicone grips. These were a game changer for impact and comfort. ESI Grips GBK02 Chunky MTB Grip (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003FAGDNK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_9xYaBb4MRJ1RD

Never again rubber grips. Beware you need an air compressor to install these.

u/DontTakeMyNoise · 1 pointr/MouseReview

If there's a sport that involves holding a stick, you can find grip tape for it! Should look kinda like this

u/OnLurker · 1 pointr/29er

grips with wrist support

this helps wrist support, but just like brimley is saying, don't lock your arms. keep them loose, and have a firm but not tight grip.

u/dangtc · 1 pointr/FixedGearBicycle

Not so sure about the OD around the tips but here's it's Amazon page
Retrospec Bicycles Pursuit Bull Horn Style Lightweight Alloy Handlebars for Track Bike, Black https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00E1IDFYU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_BHeyCbP814AQ9

u/PFULMTL · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

Get these silicone grips. I use them on multiple bikes. ESI Extra Chunky grips

u/TheBigTEA · 2 pointsr/motorcycles

I wore the grips out on my VFR and replacing the factory heated grips is just a huge pain in the ass, so I ordered baseball grip wrap. It worked awesome.


You can even order different thicknesses.