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    Handlebar grip just spins round and round

    Okay folks, I'm at my wits end here, so I'm hoping someone can help.

    Bought a new hybrid last year, but didn't like the handlebar grips that came with it, so I bought some cheap MTB grips from Walmart. Never really did care for them either, so a few weeks ago, bought a new set of grips from Performance Bike. They're pretty similar to what came on the bike originally, and this time around, I do like them.

    However, I am having difficulty with one of them. No matter what I do, it will not stay put, so to speak. The right hand grip doesn't turn, no matter how hard I try to turn it. The left hand grip however....well, not so good. It will twist up and down during a ride, which is very frustrating. Hell, I've even tried Krazy Glue and that didn't work. I thought super glue bonded everything. Apparently not.

    Anyway, does anyone have any ideas as how to keep a grip from twisting while riding? Any tips, comments and/or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    Hair spray.
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    Hair spray.
    yup, you could invest in some not cheap lock on grips, that clamp on with a pinch bolt..

    I put Ergon grips on my folding bike.. 1 bolt holds bar end and grip in place..





    did you clean the bar and grips before you installed them ..

    oily surfaces are a contaminant crazy glue wont fix.
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    Hair spray IS the standard fix--just pull off the grip, spray the bar and put the grip back on, then let it dry overnight.
    Just occurred to me when I read your post, though, that in 40 years of cycling, I've never had a grip slip. So you probably don't need high-buck bolt-ons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    Hair spray.
    I have a similar problem, though it isn't very serious. Thanks for the simple solution!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    yup, you could invest in some not cheap lock on grips, that clamp on with a pinch bolt..
    Locking grips are quite nice as they are easy to get on and off and really do stay in place. I don't see going back...
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    Oh but the anatomic grips are so much more comfortable on the long ride..

    there are cheaper slip on ones with a broader hand support surface..

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    I usually use Windex to clean off the bars and grips to clean any crap off them.
    I use hair spray or if none is available I also use liquid soap...Dawn for dishes, etc...I spread a thin film on the bar and some on the front of the grip twist the grip in place and let it set up overnight...holds like glue as does the hair spray.

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    Thanks to everyone for your replies. I will definitely give hair spray a try. Of all the beauty products my wife has, hair spray isn't among them. Guess I'll have to head over to WallyWorld or Target later today.

    Someone mentioned dish washing soap. That's what I used originally when I put on the new grips. The right one "took", so to speak, but not the left. And yes, I did wipe off the entire handlebar before putting them on.

    Once again, thanks. I appreciate all the info.

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    Yep, hairspray is the definitive solution. Bought a small can of hairspray this morning. Pulled off the grip, wiped down the handlebar (just in case), gave the bar a good shot of the hairspray and put the grip back on (positioning it just right). Haven't touched it since about 11:00 this morning. Just went and checked on it and that baby isn't moving. Looks like I'm all set and ready to go.

    Thanks once again for the information. I greatly appreciate it.


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    Glad it worked for you. I was going to suggest cheap spray paint -- IME, better than hair spray, and sets up quicker -- but you solved your problem. If it happens again, though, think about the spray paint -- you can coat the inside of the grip and slide it on, will set up inside of a half-hour. (Just don't use Krylon, it sets up in SECONDS!)

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    Hair spray is a bicycle shop secret. Get a sample size of extra-hold stuff- I got one and it lasted for several years with a couple bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    Hair spray.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cplager View Post
    Locking grips are quite nice as they are easy to get on and off and really do stay in place. I don't see going back...
    Same here,....although with over a dozen bikes fitted,...those Ergon grips are getting pricey!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
    Hair spray is a bicycle shop secret. Get a sample size of extra-hold stuff- I got one and it lasted for several years with a couple bikes.
    I still have the hair spray bottle from the early 1990s. Used a touch more of it last week.
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