Rivendell’s Meisha’s grips: Doesn’t perxactly roll off the old tongue does it? Well, never mind, these are the finest grips made for a very specific sort of bike set up and rider type. If you fit into the parameters, get a pair and channel your inner fly fisher-person. The Meisha grips featured here are the ones with the cut outs and the open backside. These weird cut outs facilitate a bar end shifter: the housing runs in the channel down the length of the grip, the housing is secured with twine wrapped around the recessed groove that runs around the grip. The end is open so you can install a bar end shifter pod. So who are these for? Riders who want a comfortable, natural looking and feeling grip, run bar end shifters on alt bars.
If you are hard on your bike, IE you drop it rather than lean it, or are prone to crashing or piling your bike up in a bike pile outside the local saloon, these grips do not suffer impacts well. That’s not to say they are not durable for regular riding. In fact, they’re incredibly long wearing. Cork grips will last a decade of normal use or longer, unlike a rubber grip, which will wear out and get all gummy and gross like the bottom of your desk in 3rd grade.
If you occasionally throw some fresh shellac on these grips, they’ll look better and better with age. Just don’t drop the bike on them. It’s not that hard. I’m clumsy, and drop tools constantly, but I never drop my bike on its bars.
These grips are not grippy, so they’re not ideal for off road riding. But if you ride swept back bars, on dirt roads or pavement, and use bar end shifters and you don’t drop your bike, get them, you can thank us later.
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