I sought comfort for riding my bicycle, and was attracted to the sharp yellow packaging of Pedro's Diamond Dualer handlebar grips.
Seriously, though, these are pretty nice grips. For $8.99, they seem like the right price for a medium-range handlebar grips, and are comfortable for rides without needing to wear gloves.
The grips slide on to the handlebars with ease, and stay on without a problem. I've yanked them and they stay on. No readjustments needed while riding.
Pedro's Diamond Dualer grips are comfortable for long rides without any grinding on the hands that some harder rubber grips cause. These grips are two years old and I've never come away with pain in my palms. I have experienced sweaty hands from a good ride, but that's a secondary issue.
They are insulated with rubber, and it seems like these are the top-of-the-line grips available. For how long they've lasted, compared to how much I paid, this is a good deal.
Pedro's Diamond Dualer grips come in black, have a dotted pattern on them and Pedro's says they are of "medium thickness".
I also found that my hands do not slip off thanks to the dotted pattern on them. I have a firm grip of the handlebars without any aches from riding. My old grips, which were hard rubber, were hard on my hands after long rides. (I don't ride with cycling gloves, that's another investment).
The package sells these grips as having "dual density rubber". The company markets this as taking handlebar vibrations out of the ride through the rubber grips. I have no idea how they do it.
Also, these grips are yet to crack or bristle, unlike hard rubber grips I've owned. Then again, the bicycle lives inside the apartment, so it's not out in the sun.
Some grips are made with gels inside, but your hands seem more likely to slip off. Some are made of cheap rubber, and those are hard on the hands. These Pedro's Diamond Dualer grips are the right fit and the right comfort.
If you haven't heard of Pedro's, the story behind the company is it started in 1989 and was named after two guys' third roommate. Their main products are bike tools and lubes. Their corporate ethic suggests they want to do what's best for the cyclist and the environment.
The grips are made in Taiwan. I got them for $8.99, and it was well worth the investment. Would it be cheesy to say "Vote for Pedro"?