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Old 05-08-04, 08:15 PM   #1
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easy way to remove grips?

whats an easy way to remove handlebar grips? i tried the pour water down the side while holding it open with a butterknife trick- doesnt help.
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whats an easy way to remove handlebar grips? i tried the pour water down the side while holding it open with a butterknife trick- doesnt help.
Try using Windex. Remember My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Windex is the cure for everything.
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Do you plan on re-using the grips? I personally would cut them off, and replace them. There a pain to get off in one piece.
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Old 05-08-04, 08:21 PM   #4
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ill go try it right now, thanks for the quick reply khuon
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whew! got one off, man these things are a beeotch!
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or use hairspray instead of windex. thats what the bike shops use
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Do you plan on re-using the grips? I personally would cut them off, and replace them. There a pain to get off in one piece.
Yep...I do that every time. Saving grips just seems like a waste of time considering how cheap they are.

My next recommendation...try odi locks. More expensive but absolutely brilliant to work with.
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or use hairspray instead of windex. thats what the bike shops use
I use Windex to remove and hairspray to install.
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i finally got them both off and on the new bar. my hands are a little sore though, hehe. the windex was alot better than water for removing, and made it a piece of cake to install. i dont look forward to taking them off anytime soon though. it was kinda difficult to get the windex far enough down the sides
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I use rubbing alcohol. It works great for removing or installing. Dries quickly. Non adhesive.
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Yep. Isopropyl alcohol works great. As an added bonus, it's flammable!
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Anybody want to know THE easiest way to get grips off? Loosen your brake lever mounting bolt, and pull the lever into the grip....continue pulling and the grip will slip right off.
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I still think cutting is easier
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Anybody want to know THE easiest way to get grips off? Loosen your brake lever mounting bolt, and pull the lever into the grip....continue pulling and the grip will slip right off.
does that really work??
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I still think cutting is easier
I agree, good suggestion on the odi locks, I have them on my fisher, very convenient.
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Yeah I have them on every bike (3 plus my gf's and my cousins). Just found my new favorite shape. Raceface has a grip that bulges in the centre. Deels awesome on the trails as it partially conforms to the hand. I also like how they are bigger than standard grips. I have some large hands which don't fit standard grips well.
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Yep...I do that every time. Saving grips just seems like a waste of time considering how cheap they are.

My next recommendation...try odi locks. More expensive but absolutely brilliant to work with.
im not very knowlegable in different grips.. how do lock-ons work?



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Yeah I have them on every bike (3 plus my gf's and my cousins). Just found my new favorite shape. Raceface has a grip that bulges in the centre. Deels awesome on the trails as it partially conforms to the hand. I also like how they are bigger than standard grips. I have some large hands which don't fit standard grips well.
i really like the nashbar super grips. they have large blocky knobs (unlike the usual wimpy "texture") and they are super sticky. i bet i could set a coke on them and it would stay on the whole ride
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im not very knowlegable in different grips.. how do lock-ons work?
They're basically grips permanently attached to an aluminum tube which then slides on to your hadlebars and is secured via a clamp. Removing the grips is a simple manner of loosening the clamp and sliding them off.
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They're basically grips permanently attached to an aluminum tube which then slides on to your hadlebars and is secured via a clamp. Removing the grips is a simple manner of loosening the clamp and sliding them off.
interesting...

i checked out the odi lock ons and they look practical, but the grip patterns are pretty weak sauce. i'd like to find something more like this in a lock on grip:

http://www.nashbar.com/profile_morei...ku=2449&brand=

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I don't have a problem with grip at all. I don't see the need for sticky grips unless I want to collect dirt
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I don't have a problem with grip at all. I don't see the need for sticky grips unless I want to collect dirt
hehe, more dirt the better!
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My favorite way to remove grips is to pry up the end and squirt them full of WD-40. I use it to install grips, too. It evaporates out pretty quickly and I've never had any trouble with slippy grips.

This is probably the only legitimate use for WD-40 in the field of bicycle mechanics.
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I have to agree with RegularGuy I have used WD-40 on removing and installing all of my grips and have never had any problems. WD-40 will evaporate and leave the grips attatch very well.
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You are all wrong! The quickest and easiest way to remove grips without ruining them is with compressed air. You can either use canned air, or air from a compressor. In either case, blow the air under the grips to create a pocket of air between the grips and the bars, then wiggle them off. You can put them back on with the same trick, and they stay on tight as a glove, time after time.
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Yeah but we were recommending things most people have...compressed air is not that common.
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