Grip choice and positioning will affect braking control and gear shifting as well as hand and arm positioning. Quality grips that suit your physical dimensions, riding style and riding discipline will add comfort and control to your ride – poor, ill-fitting grips will lead to problems under pressure, hand discomfort and even long-term pain.
The difficulty in choosing grips from the hundreds on the market is that what suits one person may not necessarily suit another. In many cases it is a matter of trying out a number of styles and models until you find the set that is ‘right’ for you.
At their most basic, grips are rubber tubes that slide onto the end of your bars. However there are a number of variations on this very simple theme.