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Old 04-27-06, 05:21 PM   #1
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Easy way to (non destructively) remove grips?

I would like to change my handle bars but I'd prefer not to cut and destroy
my present hand grips.

Any normal/easy techniques (they will be re-installed on the new handle bars)


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Old 04-27-06, 05:52 PM   #2
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I use a nozzle from an air compressor...quick shot of air under the grip and it floats off. I do not know a low tech method
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Old 04-27-06, 06:19 PM   #3
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Again, an air chuck through the little hole is best, just so long as you didn't punch out the cookie type things for bar ends. If you did, or don't have a compressor, any petrolium distilate like gasoline or zippo fluid will lube it right off of there, then evaporate.
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I've used alchohol for years. Oh, for grips too, of course. Insert a thin-bladed screwdriver between grip and bar, dribble a few drops of Isopropyl, and they'll spin right off. Same to put 'em back on again. (screwdriver not needed)
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The tactic will work if the end is cut...but you have to finagle the nozzle under the edge of the grip and take a couple of burps around the perimeter.this even works on motorcycles where the grip was glued on. I bet your trick with the solvent would work just fine if you had a syringe to kinda squirt up under the edge.
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I wedge a thick guage zip tie under the grip then drip in some alcohol.
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The Greek father from My Big Fat Greek Wedding has it right. Windex is a cure-all. Just pry the end of the grip up a little and squirt some in. A bit of twisting to work it in and the grips should loosen up.
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I've used alchohol for years. Oh, for grips too, of course. Insert a thin-bladed screwdriver between grip and bar, dribble a few drops of Isopropyl, and they'll spin right off. Same to put 'em back on again. (screwdriver not needed)
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i recommend not using the screwdriver method on grips mounted to carbon bars.
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I just roll my Oury grips off.

Then roll 'em back on.
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Well, an old-style tire lever, Finish Line lubricant and lots of cursing worked for some particularly stubborn grips that I removed this winter. For less extreme situations, some of the solutions above sound pretty good .

EDIT: By the way, if you use lubricant, I recommend Tri-Flow instead of Finish Line. Not because it'll work any better, but because Finish Line smells MUCH worse! I never thought that I would get the smell off my hands...
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i recommend not using the screwdriver method on grips mounted to carbon bars.
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Yeah. On my carbon bars, I either use a tongue depressor...

... or Primacord.
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I use a nozzle from an air compressor...quick shot of air under the grip and it floats off. I do not know a low tech method
Low-tech Version: Use a can of compressed air.
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If you have shifter's/brake levers, just loosen the lever's and push them against the grips. Presto...they come right off.
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Two methods I learned while racing BMX in the 80's:

Hairspray
WD-40

Slide a long hex wrench under the grip, insert the red hose from the WD-40 can, give it a quick squirt, twist the grip, and it comes right off. Same thing for putting them on. It lubes it on the way on an evaporates in 5 minutes. Never had a problem with it.
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Big fan of the isopropyl "rubbing" alcohol method. I use the long straw/nozzle from a compressed air can. Jam it in the end of a syringe and you've got a nozzle that will slide under your grips. The trick is to dribble out a bit as you work it under the grips until it is all the way in. Then a solid blast and you'll have a "bubble" of isopropyl that will move around until everything is slippery.
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+1 WD-40 used it many times never fails.
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