My blisters hurt and I can't hang on

NdKxRacer

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Does anyone get a lot of blisters on their hands? I just changed my grips to see if that would help. But does anyone have any ideas on how you have gotten through these things. I tried putting duct tape on my hand over the blisters, but the tape doesn't stretch to fit as I open and close my hand, so I need to try something else.
 
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It's probably your grips? What kind were you using? I've heard that some of the trendy gel grips and the 909 grips are awful for blistering. I personally use renthal medium compound. No blisters.
 

NdKxRacer

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I went from stock honda grips (full waffle) to the half waffle Scott grips, so I hope that helps some
 
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I ran the Gator in Daytona this spring and wore athletic tape, underwears, and gloves, and still got blisters, but not nearly as bad as usual. Wearing the moose (?) underwears was the biggest improvement I've used to stop blisters. You might also try putting baby powder, or Gold Bond in your gloves
 
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I would also look at your gloves. I find it extremely irritating if my gloves are too loose.

For me the Honda full waffle grips are the best there are, but I have long fingers and with "smaller" grips they reach the palm of my hand around the grip.
 

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Where are you blisters? Thumb?, pad?, or base of fingers?

In my experience, there are several additional things you can try (on top of grips, taping, gloves. etc). Try adjusting yout bar angle by rotating forward and/or back. Also considers controls position. You may even want to try a different bar bend and length, if that is an option. Often the position your hands are on the bar creates the problem.
 

NdKxRacer

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I get blisters on the pad of my left hand at the base of the each fingers. I think that is how I would describe it. I will see if I can get some athletic tape and maybe move my handlebars a little to try something different. There are some good ideas that were mentioned, so I will go with those for now.
 

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The only thing that I've found to prevent blisters is to ride frequently enough to form callouses. I DID get a nasty Yamablister at the base of my left thumb recently and tried that liquid bandage stuff once the blister popped and became dry. That stuff works pretty good. It's called New Skin and you can find it next to the Band-Aid section.
 
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Taping, moleskin, baby powder, and Underware gloves work very well for me.

Get Johnson & Johnson adhesive tape in both the 1/2" and 1" widths. Cut some moleskin to cover the blister area at the base of your fingers - approx. a 1 1/2" x 3/4" square works for me. Next, extend your fingers so that the skin on your palm is taut. Then take the 1/2" inch tape and cut a ~5" length. Wrap this around the back of your finger at the base and form an "X" with the tape across the moleskin on the palm of your hand. I do this for both the ring and middle finger on both hands.

Next take the 1" tape, and - starting on the back of your hand - wrap the tape around your hand, taking care to snug the tape on your palm. I wrap three times around my hand, finishing on the back of my hand. Once you've done this, clench and unclench your fist, noting where the tape feels restrictive. Then take a pair of scissors and cut slits in these restrictive areas.

I also use the Pro-Grip superbike grips, as they're a little larger diameter-wise than normal grips. This helps keep me from closing my hand so far around the grip and holding on so tight.

Yes, it's kind of a rigamarole, but your blister problems will be gone.
 
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Originally posted by NdKxRacer
I get blisters on the pad of my left hand at the base of the each fingers. I think that is how I would describe it. I will see if I can get some athletic tape and maybe move my handlebars a little to try something different. There are some good ideas that were mentioned, so I will go with those for now.
Is this the "meaty" part of your palm right under your fingers? This seems to be the place I get all my blisters. I found on my left hand they were worse than the right. I did some playing with the bars, grips, and levers. I found that the clutch would pinch that part of my hand when clutching alot and it made the blisters worse. So I posistioned the lever more downward pointing more towards the ground. No more blisters, just calasus.:D
 
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I use leather workgloves with the fingers cut off halfway. That and some adhesive tape around my thumbs.
 
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After some time if you don't pop the blisters, caluses will form and you will not have any more blisters. I can stick needles into my caluses, staples and they don't hurt. I have never had a blister at the base of my fingers, palms, or fingers themselves for about a year.
 

NdKxRacer

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I took everone's advice.
Here is what seems to help.
1. New handlebars
2. New Grips
3. Baby powder in my gloves.

Now I can say that I don't even have any discomfort at all, after doing these things
 

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Also make sure you don't keep your hands in water for any length of time the day or two before you ride, and stay away from putting lotions and such on your hands to make them softer for your lady friend since that will make your soft skin more susceptible to blistering.