Bicycle Mechanics - Removable cork grips--any way to do that?
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05-21-07, 09:24 AM
I'd like to use cork grips on my old tourer, for the snazz factor if nothing else. But the only installation methods I've seen involve permanently mounting them with spray adhesive. Which doesn't appeal--I'd like to be able to remove them without destroying them!
05-21-07, 10:31 AM
Um... double sided tape? That's all I can think of. I've only helped friends put on grips on their bikes, and it's been the pre-glued kind (tape surface on back). With a good quality doulbe sided (and thin) tape you should be able to recover the cork-grips (in theory). Make sure the doulbe sided tape is not torn easily. If there isn't any doulbe sided-special tape for grips, you could probably find it at a local hardware store. I remember that I've used a double sided, thin tape, verry sticky, with integrated thread-like fibers to make it very durable.
05-21-07, 01:45 PM
Thanks for the thought. It's one I had too, but discarded on the grounds that, to be removeable, the stickiness would have to be temporarily suspended (I squirt alcohol with a hypodermic needle to get regular grips to slip). I'll give the idea another look.
If you're talking about cork grips (not cork tape) i think the somewhat delicate nature of the material means than they're a 'one time use' thing...
05-21-07, 02:32 PM
Grips, yes. And you might well be right. There's no intrinsic reason (that I can think of) why they couldn't be adapted with an internal sleeve so as to be removeable, but maybe they have such inherent fragility that it's just not practical. In which case, I'll use cheesy rubberoid grips--14 bucks a pop for snazz is a bit rich for my blood!
05-21-07, 08:01 PM
golf supply store has double sided tape that releases with solvent or they have a water based tape also. mebbe that?
How often do you remove your grips anyway?
05-21-07, 11:32 PM
Grip stops and bar ends? Something like this (http://www.danscomp.com/365096.php), perhaps? You would have to deal with them twisting a bit, though.
05-22-07, 04:57 AM
I'll look into the golfing tape thing.
I don't remove the grips all that often, but it seems that if I have to do it once, I have to do it a dozen times. Recently, having fun and games with the twist-shifters has been favorite. But on that bike I have rubberoid grips, so the needle-and-alc trick makes it all easy.
05-22-07, 06:18 AM
11-09-10, 12:35 AM
I had rubber cement all ready to go when this method came to me. I've flipped my albatross bars upside down, and back, and upside down again, and back, so this is pretty well tested. Been riding on them for 6 months.
Wrap a layer of masking tape around the metal where the grips will slide on. Go round and round like you're wrapping drop bars. While you press on the grips, do a bit of twisting to work them on. If it's not firm enough, wrap another layer of tape and try again. I couldn't get the grips on with 2 layers. But 1 layer, plus a bit more at the beginning and end, makes it nice and snug. You can still rotate them if you try, but they're not coming off without you working them off.
Not my bars: helped someone else do this with their grips.
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