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Old 08-22-05, 11:04 AM   #1
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A method for removing Keirin grips

I needed to remove the Yoshida grips from my track drops so I could put a second set of cut-off MTB grips up at the top of the handlebars. First I tried just rolling them off, which doesn't work. Then I had an idea that worked extremely well. I took a syringe and a 25-gauge needle (I have these lying around from still life photography, where they're used for placing water droplets - I don't shoot up ) and used it to inject rubbing alcohol under the grips in 3 places each. This only puts very tiny pinholes (inconsequential) in your grips and lets you just slide them off really, really easily.
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or you can bend a wire coathanger and SLOWLY place it between the grip and the bar and put a little simple green into the gap. worked for me
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Old 08-22-05, 11:23 AM   #3
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cool! i believe working the end of a dust-off air blower under the end of the grips and giving a good blast also works.
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Old 08-22-05, 11:40 AM   #4
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using a flat screwdriver to get under the grip then putting some hair gel under to lubricate and easing the screwdriver around the grip works really well. Its also a great way to put them on as it drys out after you put the grips on, unlike some lubes.

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Here's an old technique I learned from working in bike shops:

- Go to a local bike shop with compressed air pump.
- Take the compressed air hose and attach the rubber "balloon blower" tip (it's about the size and shape of a pinky finger that comes to a tip).
- Lift one edge of the grip, insert the hose tip, and squeeze the air hose release, this will "fart" the grip loose by basically forcing air between the grip and the bar.
- Pull when you engage the air. It slides right off with no scratches on the bar and no residue from grease/oil.
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or compressed air with a basketball needle
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Old 08-22-05, 12:03 PM   #7
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i just use a butter knife covered in dish soap and slide it under the grip and pull it away from the metal ever so slightly then run water down the knife and, voila, soapy water under the grip. Do this 2 or 3 times around the grip and it'll slide off like butta.
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Old 08-22-05, 01:25 PM   #8
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Here's mine. Start out by attempting a skid - when that doesn't go right, immediatly try again. go over the handlebars allowing the bike to crash. When my bars hit the ground, my grip came right off. Like butta'.

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I melt mine off.
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roll them off. grab the grip and slowly roll them off. you can use it again.

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how to take off keirin grips

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...except that the idea is to take the grips off in such a way as to keep them usable.

Ceya - I tried rolling mine off multiple times, but they just didn't want to go. I don't suppose there's any special trick to the rolling, is there? I've got Yoshida Champ grips and they were just too tight to roll.
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...except that the idea is to take the grips off in such a way as to keep them usable.

Ceya - I tried rolling mine off multiple times, but they just didn't want to go. I don't suppose there's any special trick to the rolling, is there? I've got Yoshida Champ grips and they were just too tight to roll.

I have them too on the RAP, just get them to roll alittle then it easy from there.

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I have them too on the RAP, just get them to roll alittle then it easy from there.

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dude - I could NOT get this to work. The grip got tighter and tighter under the rolled part. Are you makin' this up??
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when i took mine off i shoved a screwdriver in it, sprayed wd-40 inside, wiggled it down, put the screwdriver in further, spray more, etc
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its true, it works. i guess if you have the grips with
the built in cord it could be a problem, but otherwise
it works.
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or you can bend a wire coathanger and SLOWLY place it between the grip and the bar and put a little simple green into the gap. worked for me
THIS technique, on the other hand, works amazingly well.
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air compressor ftw.
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Isopropyl alcohol? Use with the above mentioned coathanger or put a screwdriver/chopstick under the grip, roll around the bar to spread the alcohol. I read this in a biking faq last week.
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i just use a butter knife covered in dish soap and slide it under the grip and pull it away from the metal ever so slightly then run water down the knife and, voila, soapy water under the grip. Do this 2 or 3 times around the grip and it'll slide off like butta.
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