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Some time in the mid 90s the BC Cup final race was held up at Grouse Mountain. About 4°C and raining. Truly miserable conditions. A certain mud hole took a few shoes off feet. Most shoe Velcro was reduced to flapping bits. We were forced after the event to use the old blue gondola to download the muddy bikes. I helped unload at the bottom. I took a mental survey of grips. Probably 25% of bikes were missing one or even two grips. Nearly all had loose grips. My own had come loose. This was before lock on grips. I had wired on my grips but it was not enough. Hard riding and the pulling and twisting riders did in a race in the rain on forks with a token amount of travel proved something better was needed that day.
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