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Offline alin156

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Padding for passenger grab rails
« on: March 18, 2021, 03:04:07 PM »
I am considering adding some padding to the grabrails so the passenger (i.e. wife) won't just hold on to cold, hard metal (which feels cold through the gloves / starts to be uncomfy on longer rides).

I was thinking of wrapping around them something like a tennis racket grip, bit I'm not sure on the fit, as they're much slimmer than the handle they're supposed to go around.

Did anyone do anything similar? If yes, what did you use for this?

Thanks!

Offline manamanah

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Re: Padding for passenger grab rails
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2021, 03:14:29 PM »
After reading your first paragraph, i immediately thought of tennis racket grips  :001: but now i wonder how they would fare with wet weather.
For a very cheap solution I would consider some neoprene material. Maybe cutting up an old wetsuit in long bands and wrap them around like you would for tennis racket grips.
If you want to go more expensive and if the rail diameter allows, grip puppies!

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Re: Padding for passenger grab rails
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2021, 04:24:17 PM »
*Originally Posted by manamanah [+]
After reading your first paragraph, i immediately thought of tennis racket grips  :001: but now i wonder how they would fare with wet weather.
For a very cheap solution I would consider some neoprene material. Maybe cutting up an old wetsuit in long bands and wrap them around like you would for tennis racket grips.
If you want to go more expensive and if the rail diameter allows, grip puppies!

I am indeed considering grip puppies as a 'best but most expensive' way to go, but It will involve cutting them up and wraping them around the bars, but I'm affraid it might get too messy / ruin them.

In any case, I will post here whatever improvization I come up with, no matter how bad  :008:

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Re: Padding for passenger grab rails
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2021, 04:55:20 PM »
Have you considered after-market heated grips that you wrap around the handlebars and are closed using velcro?  A little wiring and a switch - Job sorted
Better handholds and heated !!

Dave T
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Re: Padding for passenger grab rails
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2021, 03:43:16 PM »
Problem solved with 0.5 EUR. Bought from a hardware store tubular polyurethane thermal insulators for pipes (for 18 mm pipe diameter), cut it to size then fixed it on the bars with double sided tape.

It's not the prettiest solution but it's dirt cheap and very comfortable



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Re: Padding for passenger grab rails
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2021, 09:53:02 PM »
*Originally Posted by alin156 [+]
Problem solved with 0.5 EUR. Bought from a hardware store tubular polyurethane thermal insulators for pipes (for 18 mm pipe diameter), cut it to size then fixed it on the bars with double sided tape.

It's not the prettiest solution but it's dirt cheap and very comfortable




Another similar idea would be Motocross Handlebar Pads and they would likely last a bit longer.

I don't know where we are... but I have been lost here before...

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Re: Padding for passenger grab rails
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2021, 11:08:06 PM »
Another option is bicycle handlebar tape, it can be bought with extra padding or some gel tape. It can be wrapped extra close to inprove the amount of shock absorbtion .





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Re: Padding for passenger grab rails
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2021, 10:04:51 AM »
*Originally Posted by Oldplodder [+]
Have you considered after-market heated grips that you wrap around the handlebars and are closed using velcro?  A little wiring and a switch - Job sorted
Better handholds and heated !!

Dave T

I did that on a previous bike - Oxford Hot Hands.  Worked like a dream...