Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed my bike is no longer sporting the stock handlebar grips! I'm pleased to report that they got shredded a few weeks back!
Long before the bikes arrived we had planned to switch the grips out, like many people do. We had read great things about a particular brand of grips called Ergons, which as you might guess are designed to be more ergonomic and comfortable compared to standard grips.
Except first, we had to get the leftover glue and handlebar grip crap off the bars!
Some white vinegar, an old teatowel and lots of elbow grease later…
Being Biokork, the grips come with slightly different looking bar plugs, made of some unique, recycled material. We did not fare well with these! Below is the only one of the 4 we managed to fit successfully 😦
The rest all cracked or shattered – not good! With a bit of Google-fu, I was able to find a site which sold replacements. Unfortunately, the only place which sells them is based in Germany and the cost of shipping was about four times that of the three sets of replacement plugs we ordered.
You can see the replacements on the left – made from different materials and definitely more plastic-looking.
But they went in like a dream! All they needed was a quick push with the thumbs. Don't know why the other ones were such hard work!
Definitely one of the most useful changes you can make to your Brompton I think, if you plan to cycle any sort of distance, or if you have hand/wrist trouble anyway. I suffer from tendinitis in both wrists so its really important to me to keep my hands properly aligned. After longer rides I'd notice a small tingling in my palms, which I don't get anymore. These single-handedly saved me on the ride to Scarborough. I clung on to them for dear life more times than I care to remember and they made the bumpy paths far less painful than they would otherwise have been.
Highly recommended! 🙂