Join Date: May 2004
Location: San Diego, CA
Bikes: old peugot frankenbike
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You'll have to undo the 2 bolts holding the bars in place on the stem, remove the grips and bar ends (if any), and the brake lever(s) (if any).
The bolts are easy, just loosen them and pop the plate off, don't lose the bolts. The bar ends usually take a philips screwdriver to unscrew, but don't screw farther than you have to. The grips, get a can of WD-40, put the hose under one side and spray it. Don't do it over your nice carpet or with a $1000 dress suit on (no ****?). Then wiggle that side, do the other side, and slide the grip off. Dry it out and slip it back on when you need to - WD40 dries cleanly so they should stick on without needing adhesive. The brake lever is a no-brainer, loosen the bolt enough to slide it and that's all.
Oh, and tighten the bolts plenty when you put the new bars on, because if they slip, it shaves pieces of metal off which causes it to slip more, and become crappy.