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Reducing vibration from handlebar to hands:(8 posts)

Reducing vibration from handlebar to hands:coonass
May 9, 2003 7:46 AM
Sorbothane (S.) is reputed to be the very best shock-absorbing material to date. I have found a way to reduce road-vibration (& hand numbness) by installing it beneath my tape. It can be purchased in 12"x12" (I prefer the 3/16" thk) sheets; I then cut two 1.2" x 5" strips and use electrical tape to secure one end of the strip at approximately where my bar-tape will end at the stem. I then stretch the S. along the bar-top and secure it to the bar (w/elect. tape) about every 1.5". I keep stretching/securing until the S. is just under the rear of my hood. Chamfer the edges of S. before installing so there isn't a bulge beneath the bartape in front or behind the bar. A couple of times, I have forgotten my gloves, and still got in >40 miles of road riding without any hand discomfort (that didn't remove the fear of crashing without glove protection). If interested, you can purchase it from McMaster-Carr (630-833-0300)Part. no: #8514K13; http://www.mcmaster.com/. The sheet is expensive, about $25, but if you have a bud, you can share the expense...if you have any issues of excessive vibration, etc. this stuff definitely works!
good for PBP ridersDougSloan
May 9, 2003 8:08 AM
Sounds like a good idea for PBP riders, who can't use aerobars.

There is a "sample pack" listed under $6, btw.

Doug
isn't it what foam grips made of?cyclopathic
May 9, 2003 8:20 AM
I've been using 'them since my first BMB
isn't it what foam grips made of?coonass
May 9, 2003 9:41 AM
Not exactly sure of your grip's material, but Sorbothane is definitely a solid (lack of better word) Gel; not foam.
I believe that Doug stated that you can get a 'sampler pak' for about $6.....if the foam grips are working for you, then there'll be no need to change.
and they only 5$ a set nmcyclopathic
May 9, 2003 11:22 AM
Sample pak...coonass
May 9, 2003 1:48 PM
I wouldn't recommend the sample pak; it consists of (3) 1.5"W.x2.5"L.x1/4"thk. pieces, one each of the 40, 50 & 70 du and you'd need 2 paks ($11.34) to complete the installation. For 1/2 of a sheet (6"x12" @ $12.40) you can complete at least 5 bars. Before I purchased, I called Sorbothane and spoke to the Technical Dept. and told them my intentions; they recommended the 50du. I bought the 1/4" thick sheet and it was just a litttlleeee too thick under the bar-tape and really bulged; not to mention it really requires that you stretch the bar-tape to the tearing point while installing it.... I then ordered the 3/16" sheet and it works beautifully..great protection, virtually unnoticable and have about 4-6" (ea. side) of bar tape left over from a 44cm bar wrap.
isn't it what foam grips made of?coonass
May 9, 2003 9:44 AM
Not exactly sure of your grip's material to compare, but Sorbothane is definitely a solid (lack of better word) Gel; not foam. You can cut it like a sheet of 'rubber'. I believe that Doug stated that you can get a 'sampler pak' for about $6.....if the foam grips are working for you, then there'll be no need to change.
Just get yourself some carbon bars! nmLive Steam
May 9, 2003 6:40 PM