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post #1 of 7 Old 05-07-2008, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Grip warmers vs Hand guards

Though I live in Southern California, it can get cold during the middle winter months. Sometimes as low as 50 or 55 degrees during the early morning rides. So. I’ve been thinking of grip warmers. But hand guards also.

Would I need grip warmers if hand guards alone may do the trick? Is it overkill to use the hand guard and grip warmers?

...or would heated gloves alone work just fine during those cold morning commutes?
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I have a bike with no hang guards and a bike with hand guards. Hand guards alone make a big difference for me, especially when I'm wearing winter (unheated) gloves. I would try to get the hand guards first to see if they're enough. If they're not, you can always add grip heaters

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When I had my wee, I added the factory aftermarket hand guards and they did make an improvement, but are not the be-all-to-end-all. Grip heaters are a far more efficient way to go.

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I have hand guards on my Wee and heaters on my Concours. After a 45 minute commute to work at 30 degrees, my hands are more comfortable with the hand guards. I recommend the hand guards, easy install, and they can be removed for warm weather.
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it can get cold during the middle winter months. Sometimes as low as 50 or 55 degrees
Xavier, sorry, but that made me laugh. Not bragging or anything, but at those temps, I don't even consider turning on my grip heaters. The coldest I rode last winter was 12 degrees F.

My personal experience is that the handguards are what makes the biggest difference, because even with the grip heaters, the backs of your hands will still be exposed. If I have my thin summer gloves on, I may turn on the heaters at around 45 degrees. The grip heaters are good down to about 36-38 degrees; much below that, and you'll need heated gloves (palms roast, back of hands get numb.).

Based on your temperatures, if it were me, I'd put the handguards on first, and if they alone don't cut it, just get a pair of Symtec grip heaters. Neither is very expensive, and the handguards will also protect your hands from bugs and rocks.

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I was wondering when a jab was going to be taken about 50's :rolleyes1:

I'd also go for the hand-guards first.
In the 50's I am still wearing my summer gloves with mine.
Only in the 30's and below do I start thinking about heated grips.

I know it never rains in SO-Cal, but they also make a HUGE difference in rain and fog.
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I was wondering when a jab was going to be taken about 50's :rolleyes1:
One day it got so cold I had to open the refrigerator just to warm the place up.
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