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This is a pic of the left side of my handle bar. Everything is pushed in as much as possible. The grip is around 70-80mm long.


Would it be ok to use a 90mm odi lockon? in effect only the inner clamp will be doing most of the clamping, since the outside one would be off the bar, or nearly off the bar.

I've been told that my handle bar is bigger than normal in the center, that's why I can't move in my controls more. If I were to get a "normal" handlebar, I would have to change the stem too, which seems like a waste of money.
 

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You could leave the end hanging off, or you could just cut one end of the grip with a hacksaw, but that end up against the Grip Shift, and use the clamp on the end of the bar. I did that once with my bike when I couldn't get the shorty grips for a while. Worked fine.

If you leave the end hanging off, you'll either have those weird nubs hanging out there, or if you have the "clamp" on there, you'll risk losing it.
 

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Team Fubar, that seems like a possible solution.

I've got another really noob question. When using grip shifters, how are you supposed to grip the handlebar? The way I grip it, my palm isn't on the grip shift at all. I only move my hand in to twist the grip shift when I want to change gears.
 

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I've got another really noob question. When using grip shifters, how are you supposed to grip the handlebar? The way I grip it, my palm isn't on the grip shift at all. I only move my hand in to twist the grip shift when I want to change gears.
That's the right way, I move my thumb shifters so that I need to move my hand to change gears. You want to be able to grip the bars the best you can without constantly changing gears.
 

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zebrahum said:
That's the right way, I move my thumb shifters so that I need to move my hand to change gears. You want to be able to grip the bars the best you can without constantly changing gears.
Have been reading the forums, and people always mention "accidentally mis-shifting" with gripshifts so there has been this idea nagging at me that I'm supposed to hold the grip shift. Noob :rolleyes:
 

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I would cut the inside of a lock on grip off before the outside. When you are gripping tight on a descent you will likely have a finger or two on the brake lever and will grip the outer portion of the grip the hardest. Having the clamp closer to that part of the grip will yield the least amount of twist when things get dicey.

When I ran twist shifters, I had lock on grip that only had a clamp on the outer end and they worked fine, but they were designed that way. I still cut them down from normal grip length because they only came that length and I otherwise liked them a lot.

Now they make them in a length (93mm) for twist shifters:

http://ravx.com/products/grips/comfytwist_lock.html
 

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Your bar looks a bit narrow but its hard to tell from the pic. Is the bar you are running 650mm wider? If not, then do yourself a favor and replace it. Wide bars give you much more power when climbing and more comfort and control in all situations.

If you replace the bar make sure the new one has the grip length you need. I'm not sure that a wide bar guarantees it will be long enough for your setup.
 

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I have my hand on the shifter...

LoneReaction said:
Team Fubar, that seems like a possible solution.

I've got another really noob question. When using grip shifters, how are you supposed to grip the handlebar? The way I grip it, my palm isn't on the grip shift at all. I only move my hand in to twist the grip shift when I want to change gears.
My thumb and forefinger are on the shifter. The rest of my hand is on the grip. This gives me the ability to shift but also control the bike while limiting mis-shifts.

Most of the pressure is on the outside of my palms.
 

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.........or just get thumb shifters. :D
 

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Ken in KC said:
My thumb and forefinger are on the shifter. The rest of my hand is on the grip. This gives me the ability to shift but also control the bike while limiting mis-shifts.

Most of the pressure is on the outside of my palms.
Similar here. I always had the inside edge of my hand just on or outside of the high spot on the grip and I never had an accidental shift.
 

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Discussion Starter · #14 · (Edited)
It's 25" or 640mm long. (I'm 5'4", to put it in perspective.)



b-kul said:
what bar and stem are you using that would make you replace both if you wanted to replace either?
I'm not very sure of the exact models.
 
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