Last summer I put Ergon GC3 Handlebar Grips on one of my mountain bikes and Ergon GC2 Race Grips on the other. Both of these handlebar grips have bar-ends and offer a wide platform for your palms to prevent numbness and tingling in your hands on long rides. I really like both of these products and a few weeks ago I had a pair of Ergon GC2 grips put on my new Surly Necromancer Pug before it left the bike shop.
While I love both the GC2 and GC3, the bar-ends on those grips make it impossible to use my Bar Mitts (something I need for winter cycling). So, in preparation for winter riding, I put a pair of Ergon GA1 Bicycle Handlebar Grips on the mountain bike I use for riding on ice (it has steel studded tires).
Ergon GA1 Bicycle Handlebar Grips replace the stock grips that came with your bike and give you a comfortable ride, even when the terrain has you holding on for dear life. They are ergonomically designed to prevent numbness and they work incredibly well.
These grips attach to your handlebars with a forged aluminum clamp. The only tool you need to install these grips is a 5mm hex wrench and the installation should take you less than five minutes. The package these grips come in has a small German flag in the upper right-hand corner with the phrase “German innovation” next to it. Products like this remind why I have always appreciated German engineering!
These grips come in two sizes (Small and Large). The only difference between them is in the diameter of the grip. Most men are going to need the large grip and most women will need the small grip. Ergon GA1 Bicycle Handlebar Grips retail for $35 a pair and you should be able to find them at your local bike shop.