“.. a true milestone in the area of absorbing shocks.."

Dr. Thomas Castner wrote on the 17.03.14 to velospring:

..I see your development work as a true milestone in the area of absorbing shocks to wrists, arms and shoulders.

Best regards from Bodensee

Dr. Thomas Castner

GEGENWIND ergonomic bike consulting

 

 

Our product reviewers report

We have posed many question of our product reviewers, these included:

How would you describe your first impression of the shock-absorbing bicycle grips?

What do you think of wood as the chosen material for the grips?

Could problems such as hand pains be prevented/reduced ?

How do you find the integrated spring mechanism?


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Joachim L., Munich, Germany

Since when are you using the bicycle grips on your bike? 
I have been using the grips for about 3 months.

What type of bike do you use?
A touring bike.

How would you describe your first impression of the shock-absorbing bicycle grips?
Sensational, a completely new and comfortable feel to ride.

What do you think of wood as the chosen material for the grips?
Brave, I’m sure it wouldn’t work with every type of wood. I love the feeling.

How would you describe the feeling of the grips?
The feeling is as diverse as the weather. A very natural experience with wood being the construction material.

When was the shock absorbing effect clearly apparent (positive and negative)?
You can feel the shocks being absorbed when riding over only slightly uneven ground, the effect is always positive.

 

 

Petra S., Munich, Germany

Since when are you using the bicycle grips on your bike?
August 2013.

In what type of terrain do you generally ride?
Inner-city and distances up to 50km.

How many hours/minutes do you ride per week?
In winter approx. 6 hrs, in summer approx. 10 - 15 hrs.

How would you describe your first impression of the shock-absorbing bicycle grips?
1. Front suspension can be turned off because the shock absorbing grips are sufficient. 2. Grips are very comfortable. 3. Hand do not become numb.

What do you think of wood as the chosen material for the grips?
A very nice feeling, in dry weather as well as when it rains.

Did you previously have any problems with hand pains/hands going numb?
Yes hands going numb.

Could problems such as hand pains be prevented/reduced through the use of shock absorbing grips?
Yes.

What is your overall impression of this product?
Great design combined with effective technology (shock-absorbing). The product is for people who appreciate design that want a light bike because front suspicion becomes unnecessary.

 

 

Christian M., Munich, Germany 

What type of bike do you use?
Cross Hybrid (Between a mountain bike and cross bike). No suspension.

In what type of terrain do you generally ride?
City, Forest and gravel roads.

How many hours/minutes do you ride per week?
Approx. 100km (approx. 5 -7 hrs)

How would you describe your first impression of the shock-absorbing bicycle grips?
You instantly feel the shock-absorbing effect. You feel like your floating.

Did you previously have any problems with hand pains/hands going numb?
Yes, both.

How do you find the integrated spring mechanism?

For me it is very helpful. It feels like I’m riding a new bike.

What is your overall impression of this product?
I am very impressed.

Would you recommend this bicycle grip to your friends?
Yes absolutely.

What is your impression of the installation process?
I would not have been able to do it myself as my original handlebar had to be shortened.



Tobias B., Munich, Germany

What do you think of wood as the chosen material for the grips?
Ideal: Theres a reason “Handschmeichler” exist and are made of smoothly sanded wood allowing you to carry them around in your pocket. The material is warm, doesn’t become sticky…, It looks great, sits well next to a gold brown leather saddle and is (hopefully) weather resistant. 

While using the product, was there a point you were convinced by its effectiveness (or not convinced)? At what point was this? 
When I found the right handlebar (as they had to be shortened 4 cm on the left and the right!), the grip positioning also felt right. Its does depend on having the correct handlebar! I am convinced by the idea.

 

 

Philip M., Munich, Germany 

…I installed the grips on an all mountain full suspension bike with 150mm travel, so at that level of comfort that the bike provides on the road or slightly uneven ground, the MTB with shock absorbing grips is like a comfortable sofa with extra cushions. I tried to feel the advantages of these grips. The shock absorption is actually very comfortable…

About durability:
I am impressed how properly treated/oiled hardwood withstands weathering, as this is what we have in Norway. I treated them without much care (there are slight scratches on the sides but that was expected). Quite often the bike was lying overnight, with the grips in damp moss (and that is very wet in Norway, often my shoes/socks were wet after standing on it). The grips didn't soak up any water. Rain was also not a problem for the grips (often overnight). Another nice effect was the automatic polishing that occurred while the grips are in use, at the end of the trip the grips were shinier than at the start (and I mean a nice satin smooth sheen)…

 

 

Heike B., S.

What type of bike do you use? 
Mountainbike.

In what type of terrain do you generally ride?
Bike trails, I often rode the Isarradweg between Munich and Koenigsdorf.

Did you previously have any problems with hand pains/hands going numb?Yes.

Could problems such as hand pains be prevented/reduced through the use of shock absorbing grips?
The numbness hasn't been prevented yet but I’m sure this can be improved with slightly bent handlebar as the problem comes from the inner side of the thumb not the clenched hand.

What is your overall impression of this product?
It is a thoroughly considered product. You notice that the inventor personally  uses the product and developed it through using it.

How would you describe your first impression of the shock-absorbing bicycle grips?
The grip form is very comfortable, however, for my hands slightly too big. The shock absorption is very enjoyable for two reasons: Downhill on gravel tracks it takes away small shocks, at greater speeds on the road it absorbs uneven surfaces very well. In both scenarios you have a secure and comfortable feeling.

 

 

Samuel K., Munich, Germany

In what type of terrain do you generally ride?
In the city, sometimes also on cobbled roads (Glockenbach), overland on the sealed roads and gravel roads.

How many hours/minutes do you ride per week?
8 hours.

How would you describe your first impression of the shock-absorbing bicycle grips?
The first impression when trying it: luxury product, I don’t really need it, no obvious (functional) benefit, rather sceptical. After testing them out on my own bike: very enjoyable, noticeable increase in holding comfort, something unique both visually and to touch.

While using the product, was there a point you were convinced by its effectiveness (or not convinced)? At what point was this? 
After testing the product on my own bike.

 

 

Susanne B., Munich, Germany

Since when are you using the bicycle grips on your bike?
2.5 Months.

What is your impression of the design of these bicycle grips?
Beauty and functionality go hand in hand. I love the grain in these wood products.

What do you think of wood as the chosen material for the grips? 
Wood doesn't just give the product a high quality appearance, it regulates temperature, they warm up instantly in the mornings and no sweat accumulates under your hand in the summer!!

How would you describe your first impression of the shock-absorbing bicycle grips?
Fantastic ride feeling; uneven surfaces are absorbed, hands fin secure support, grip works well even with leather/ski gloves, stands outside in wind and rain, is used in all weather and the grips look unchanged. As a potter I always have tired hands and often they become numb when biking, with the Velospring grips I have eliminated this problem.

 

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