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Old 12-12-05, 11:52 AM   #1
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Installing "keirin" grips on Nitto bars

Does anyone have a suggestion for easy/solid installation of "keirin" style grips on the Nitto bars?

I heard to use hairspray as a lubricant to help it slide on.

Anything else?
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Old 12-12-05, 11:52 AM   #2
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it's not much fun. soap + water works very well, if you have time to let it dry out before riding.
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hairspray works the best. or gasoline. or the kerin rubber cement.
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hmm - familiar thread.

windex and beer
just make sure you drink the latter and not the former.
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seconded on the windex. stuff dries up fast.
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Make sure they're warm-ish. put them in hot water for a bit. Makes them more pliable. But people always make fun of me when I suggest this.

That being said, I can put on a pair in about three minutes.
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you guys ROCK!!!!
I was afraid this would be moved to the Track forum before you guys had a shot at suggestions.
p.s. Glad to have the windex suggestion..since I am fresh out of hairspray
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do NOT forget the beer.
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I used sex lube. Worked great.
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at the shop we use rubbing alcohol, then shoot compressed air to dry it up right quick
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Does Guinness Extra Stout qualify as an acceptable beer, or should I go out and get a Kirin Ichi Ban or Sapporo Draft?
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I used sex lube. Worked great.
not this again...
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Good thing Ceya locked himself out of the forum... Or else he'd be having a fit about why you should use rubber cement.
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i was always told rubbing alcohol, but i didn't have any so i poured a jigger of vodka in each, swilled it around and, um, "discarded" the rest. the grips went on super-easy and of course booze evaporates quicker than water, soapy water, beer, ky etc.
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soak in very hot water, pour rubbing alcohol inside, they slide on easy as pie.
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When I put mine on with soapy water, they want on smooth but took several days to dry.
I'd definitely go the alcohol route next time.
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dolface knows what's going on.
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dolface, any particular tips for drying them out between the soak and rubbing alcohol stages? Or is it not necessary?

EDIT: Thanks Hyper...I edited it...

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dolface, any particular tips for drying them out between the soad and rubbing alcohol stages? Or is it not necessary?
well, i shake them out really well after i take them out of the water, then do the alcohol, then slide them on.

the grips i use have holes in the ends, so i figure that the alcohol/water mixture evaporates pretty quickly, but i don't do anything special to hurry the process along.
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windex works wonders. It slid on fairly easily and dried rightaway.
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hairspary is good becuase it will give you that stuck on grippy no slippy feeling
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cool thanks all,
I am going to have even more time to analyze my plan since they did not arrive today...going to have to call and see if they even shipped...grumble grumble.
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dolface, any particular tips for drying them out between the soad and rubbing alcohol stages? Or is it not necessary?
If soad=soap
Dolface never mentioned the use of soap.
The rubbing alcohol takes the place of soap.

Then again, if soad=soak
Ignore me.
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Sex lube's the way to go...
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at the shop we use rubbing alcohol, then shoot compressed air to dry it up right quick
FYI, a guy in Portland told me that compressed air's the best way to get 'em off, as well. I couldn't really visualize what he was talking about, but he said that you wedge the compressor hose under the grip and bang, off they come.
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