- May 18, 2010
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My GS (used) came with heated grips and I must admit that they are really nice when it's cold outside.Holy shit, yeah, that must have been slightly unpleasant! Have never had heated grips, mainly because we usually have at least a weekend each winter month where weather is pleasant enough to ride without, but then again, you do seem to do more long rides than we do, so I can see how that might be a good idea!
Yup. My friend has a pair on his almost-new Multistrada. He really likes them.I remember those Hippo Hands from the early '70's and I thought they were ridiculous but they're still selling them. I long ago gave up riding in the cold, I once lost my voice from riding in the cold on a long trip.
You commuted on a motorcycle year round in Boston? You sir, are a dedicated motorcycle rider.Heated grips are great. I used to commute year round in Boston and installed them halfway after the first winter. It was kind of a pain. My shop told me it would cost something like 4 hours of labor at about $100 an hour back in 2002. I think it took me like 8 hrs. I didn't have a torque wrench and was afraid of undertightening, so I snapped a bolt when reattaching the handlebar.
Those hand covers seemed to have two disadvantages to me: (1) getting cold/dirty/wet unless you took them inside every time you used them, (2) possibly binding your hands in a fall. Maybe they'd be OK if you used them on occasion for long rides. Another possibility that I never tried are lobster glove/mitts.
The lobster is not enough (also, some are better than others...I've owned lobster mitts for biking that were neither warmer nor less bulky than many pairs of 5-finger gloves I have owned).Another possibility that I never tried are lobster glove/mitts.
You can also legally run studded tires on a bicycle!The worst days were when it froze after a thaw, that was when there was a lot of black ice out. On those days I usually rode the bicycle, figuring that if I fell, it wouldn't do so much damage to me or my bike. Wet, decaying leaves in the fall could be as slippery as ice too.
That makes sense to me. I also installed hand guards, and I think they helped.,The lobster is not enough (also, some are better than others...I've owned lobster mitts for biking that were neither warmer nor less bulky than many pairs of 5-finger gloves I have owned).
Combine the fact that you are moving at speeds with high wind-chill with the fact that you are gripping a steel bar that is cold (and is kept cold by convection from the wind) and you're in trouble. The outside of the hands you can insulate, but your grip will crush the insulation on the inside of the gloves and the rubber grip itself doesn't slow the heat transfer all that much.
That's why the heated grips are effective--they hit the exact spot where insulation fails and as long as they can overpower the heat loss from the other side of the gloves, you'll be comfortable.