Handlebar Grip Buying Guide

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Grips need replacing.

Every time you get on your bike your hands will make contact with your grips.  Being one of the 3 points of contacts you have with the bike makes them a really well used component on your bike.  So, no surprises, they often need replacing.  Due to the fact that they have to be comfortable to hold onto they are made from materials that allow a bit of cushioning to occur, rather than being robust like most others parts of your bike.

See our story How to Attach Lock On Grips

What are they made from?

Lock on grips have an inner alloy or plastic liner beneath the outer rubber.  This double layer tends to make lock on grips slightly thicker than a slide on grip.  Grips can be made from Silicon which will give you a few notable advantages – they will be lightweight, non slip when wet and absorb vibrations well.  However, silicon is not very durable.  Harder compounds will provide durability but aren’t as good at dampening vibration so over time you may experience hand fatigue.

See Features of a Handlebar Grip

Will you be wearing gloves?

Gloves vs bear hands.  Grips are made for different things including whether you like to wear gloves or not.  A lot of people have a real preference for good ‘feel’  though their hands so will feel strongly about the diameter of their grip and either not wearing gloves or having only a sleek minimal style of glove.

Surface of the grip

Any bumps, ridges or waffling on grips provides a more effective sticky contact surface which can be really important if you ride in wet weather or happen to sweat a lot.  These features will provide you with the confidence that your hands aren’t slipping or moving around, giving you a better feeling of control on your bike.  

Read our story How to Grip your Handlebars.

Long vs Short , Small vs Large

Be aware that people with small hands shouldn’t use long grips as the length of the grip will push the brake and gear levers too far away from where the hands are placed.  Most grips are between 130 & 140mm in length.  The second variance you will find is in the diameter of grips.  Ranging from 27mm to 35mm and generally matching hand size but can be influenced by the type of glove you choose to ride with or the fact you ride without gloves at all – personal preference stuff.

For more information go to Features of a Handlebar Grip

Straight versus ergonomic

Ergonomic (contoured) grips will give your hands better support in different hand positions.  This can have a big effect over time on the bike, especially if you have problems with numbness or pain.  So simply speaking ergonomic grips are great for endurance riding, multi day or tour riding.  Also for anyone who experiences any hand discomfort.

Make sure you read How to Grip your Handlebars if you have any issues with hand discomfort when you ride.

goRide’s Adult Bike Grips

Endurance Mountain Biking
Grip
How it attaches
Single lock on, Inner core end cap
Size & Design
Ergonomic, tapered, Small 30mm,Reg 32mm
Type of Riding
Mountain biking, Downhill MTB, Endurance
Cost

$67.00

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Endurance Grip
Grip
How it attaches
Single lock on, Inner core cap end
Size & Design
Ergonomic, wing, Small 30mm
Type of Riding
Best suited to Endurance,Daily, Multi-Day,Touring, E-Bikes
Cost

$29.95

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Upright Recreation Rider
Grip
How it attaches
Single lock on
Size & Design
Ergonomic, wing, Small or large sizes,Biocork, eco friendly
Type of Riding
Best suited to: Upright bike for Town, Long commute, Touring, E-Bikes
Cost

$87.00

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Mountain Bike/All Round Recreation Grip
Grip
How it attaches
Double lock on
Size & Design
Recommended for small hands, Small 28mm, Reg 32mm, Flange end
Type of Riding
Best Suited to All mountain, Fitness, bike path
Cost

$57.00

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Recreation Grip
Grip
How it attaches
Single lock on
Size & Design
Hex grip surface, Small 31mm
Type of Riding
Best suited to: Fitness, bike path, Town, Simple mountain biking. Good youth option
Cost

$35.00

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goRide’s Kids Bike Grips

Recreation Grip
Grip
How it attaches
Single lock on
Size & Design
Hex grip surface, Small 31mm
Type of Riding
Best suited to: Fitness, bike path, Town, Simple mountain biking. Good youth option
Cost

$35.00

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Kids -125mm Grip
Grip
How it attaches
Slide on
Size & Design
Fits 22mm bars, 125mm long – small
Type of Riding
Best suited to: Kids/youth, All types of riding, Scooter
Cost

$12.00

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Toddler Grip
Grip
How it attaches
Slide on
Size & Design
Fun animal patterns, 100mm long – extra small, Flange end
Type of Riding
Best suited to Toddler/kids, Balance bike, Mini scooter
Cost

$12.00

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MAKE YOUR PURCHASE A SUCCESS…

Fitting it to your bike

Make sure you follow all instructions for correct installation of your grips.  Paying particular attention to the correct position for gripping surfaces.

Wear and Tear

Your grips will wear out…it’s just a part of riding a bike.  To be comfortable they need to be made of silicon or rubber which can be tough but is simply not durable over a lifetime of a bike.  Check them regularly for wearing and check the locking mechanism as well.

Safety

It is essential for safety to have end plugs in your grips.  These can get damaged and fall out (especially if the bike is dropped onto its handlebar ends or is involved in a crash).

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