Classic & Vintage - removing grips?
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anyone got a good way of getting off those tght rubber (or probably plastic) handlebar grips Raleigh used on their thre speeds?
It's okay, I got it with some boiling water.
09-19-06, 05:55 AM
I know you got them off, but for the archives: I've used compressed air for rubber grips - just squeeze the nozzle under the edge of the grip and watch them slide right off! Of course, not sure it's possible with hard plastic grips, as it may be hard to fit the nozzle under the grip. In addition, this could have dangerous consequences if the air has no escape. I do know the website where I saw this tip warned against directing compressed air into handlebar cavities, as it is possible, but probably unlikely, that you could cause some kind of rupture.
great tip. I'll use that next time. I' a photographer, so I have compessed air to hand.
For grips with a modicum of flexibility, I have had very good luck directing a spray of WD-40 or silicone lubricant between the grip and the handlebar, first prying the grip back slightly with a screwdriver.
09-19-06, 06:12 PM
I've done fine with both rubbing alcohol (poured under with a screwdriver wedging a gap between the grip and the 'bars) and hydrogen peroxide. Seems like an assault on a medicine cabinet will yield something useful.
09-20-06, 04:02 PM
alcohol will do it too
09-20-06, 04:57 PM
Thanks for the tips! Alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or silicone lubricant, none will damage either the chrome on the handle bar, or the plastic/rubber of the grip? I am just about to remove a pair of grips, and this is my first restoration project. Apologies for the "stupid" question.
I really appreciate all the great info I am finding in these forums.
09-21-06, 05:04 AM
Water with a few drops of dish soap will also work. Once the water evaporates, there is no residue, and it doesn't harm the rubber. Water also works for putting grips back on. You only need it to be slippery for a couple minutes.
09-21-06, 10:31 AM
I pry the edge up and squirt some windex under the grip.
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