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Old 07-05-10, 01:07 AM   #1
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Help in removing stock grip from 2010 Trek 7.5FX

I've finally made the leap and bought a pair of Ergon GC3's. I've tried searching online and the easiest method for removing the stock grips seems to be using an air compressor (which I do not have).

The LBS I bought the Trek from has offered to do it for free and install the Ergons (even though I did not buy the grips from them), but that would mean loading up the bike and driving downtown (my last resort).

Would really appreciate any tips on easy removal of the stock grips and installation of the Ergon GC3's.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-05-10, 02:13 AM   #2
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Slice it lengthways with a sharp knife. Endeavour to retain most of your fingers.
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Old 07-05-10, 04:11 AM   #3
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here there is a tutorial about how to remove and install handlebar grips. it uses wd-40 to loosen old grips i think.

http://bicycletutor.com/handlebar-grips/
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Old 07-05-10, 04:51 AM   #4
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Slice it lengthways with a sharp knife. Endeavour to retain most of your fingers.
Hmmm looks like I'll have to breakout the missus' Ginsu Knives and invite her sycophantic brother over to help hold the grip.
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I have a '10 Trek 7.3FX and installed GP1's yesterday after my LBS wanted a $20 labor fee for install despite purchasing the grips and bar ends from their store. Removing the grips was fairly easy. I used a very thin small screw driver, inserted partially into the grip (didn't pry up, used only to create gap between bar and grip), then poured small amount of rubbing alcohol on shaft of screw driver allowing the liquid to seep downward into the gap. I removed the screw driver, and turned the grips with relative easy until grips came off end of bar. This method did not damage the bar, or grips. Saved original grips for possible reuse.
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By far the fastest and esiest way is to use an air compressor. Use an "airgun" attachment and slip the tip under the edge of the grip on the brake lever side of the grip while also holding the grip with your other hand. Give it a blast of air and the grip pops right off in about two seconds, no matter how tightly it was stuck to the handlebar. This method also saves the grip for reuse as it is totally non destructive. To install grips in seconds use the same method but in reverse. Just slide the grip on with one hand while blasting air into between the bar and the grip.
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^ Do people read the OP before replying?

I donít know about other members, but it makes sense to buy air compressor with all the attachments rather than driving few miles to the bike shop to have it installed for free.
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Thanks for all the tips, will give it a try with the screwdriver method- failing which, a trip to the LBS this weekend.
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^ Do people read the OP before replying?

I don’t know about other members, but it makes sense to buy air compressor with all the attachments rather than driving few miles to the bike shop to have it installed for free.
Hmmm ... you sound like a fun guy to be around.
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Hmmm ... you sound like a fun guy to be around.
He's right though, the OP said that he had already read about an air compressor being easier, only that he didn't have one.
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