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Padding the barsSlacker Joe
Dec 4, 2002 1:13 PM
I've been using Dirt Drops and find that the side of my hand along the pinky bears most of the weight when I'm down in the drops (pretty much always when on the trail) and can be uncomfortable, wondering if this is normal and putting some thin foam down there might help.

So to those that pad their bars before wrapping it - 1) what do you use for padding and 2) what part of the bar do you pad?
re: Padding the barsflyweight
Dec 4, 2002 1:28 PM
I've padded drops using both extra tape and old inner tubes. I usually pad the tops of the lower section of the drops and the tops of the top flat section. You might also want to fiddle with the stem clamp. Rotating the bars up or down a bit can help. I had the same problem you describe and rotated my bars up a little and it went away.
re: Padding the barsOffRoadTourer
Dec 5, 2002 5:11 AM
I double tape the entire length of my bars with cork ribbon. Some describe my bars as feeling like sponge (in a derogatory tone) but more fool them, I love it.

But I agree with Flyweight, your position will do more to relieve pressure than padding. Adjust your bar position or even consider new bars, I'm a big fan of Salsa Bell Laps, but it's a personal thing.

Or you could try Azonic X3 mountain bike gloves (the fingerless ones). They have a tiny gel pad on the outside of the palm, right on the nerve you're probably putting pressure on.
Thanks for the great advice all! *nm*Slacker Joe
Dec 5, 2002 8:13 AM