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Old 11-17-08, 04:35 PM   #1
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Grip came off while climbing

My right grip popped off in my hand while climbing in the drops. I have always used hairspray to hold them on all my bikes, but I guess this one didn't stick. Went down pretty hard, and messed up my knee pretty bad and bent my front rim. Oh well, wounds heal, and the wheel sucked anyway, now I have a reason to get a new one.

Anyway, what do you guys use to hold the grip on. These are pretty skinny bars, but the left one feels pretty secure, but I don't think I trust it. Any ideas. And yes, it was fully dry, been on there for a week or so and not ridden till today.
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Old 11-17-08, 04:49 PM   #3
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okay... What kind. Not all glues are the same

And how would you remove them later if needed without destroying them
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Old 11-17-08, 05:09 PM   #4
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This happened to me on upright bars once. SUCKED.

Seriously, for drops, bar tape. But I've never used the champ grips or whatever.

Danscomp sells this:


or I'd use rubber cement, put on wet, and let dry like a day. Rubber cement has a solvent.

Or clean your bars really thoroughly with a degreaser, then put grips on with rubbing alcohol. It'll evaporate quick, and there shouldn't be anything on there to make them slidy.
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Old 11-17-08, 05:11 PM   #5
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What exactly is the grip? Is this another name for the bar tape? The hood?
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Old 11-17-08, 05:16 PM   #6
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UKE: Its a specialized grip on the drops. Nothing special.



Sneaky: I have used rubbing alcohol before, but if the bar is not 100% clean, its gonna slip.

How do you remove it after using grip lock or rubber cement.

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Old 11-17-08, 05:20 PM   #7
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Spray paint. Never worry about them coming off, evar.

But if you ever want to take your bars off a quill stem... Get out the razor and sandpaper
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Old 11-17-08, 05:20 PM   #8
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rubber cement is or bonding rubber to rubber or plastic or something like that... it wil dry and flake right off of metal bars.
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Thanks for the input, but I would like to be able to remove the grips sometime and save them. don't wanna have to buy new ones every-time I change bars.
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So wait why are you using grips like that on drop bars?
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So wait why are you using grips like that on drop bars?
Cause I wanna... Why does it matter? Not trying to sound like an ass, just the way it came out.

Seriously, I have used ones like this on other drops, and they worked fine. Just not on chromed ones, just painted alloy ones (with texture in the paint)
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i had some Ourys for my risers but the risers were a tiny bit smaller and hairspray made the grips fall off. i just wraped the portion of the bars with gorilla duct tape and then the diameter became bigger and then hair sprayed the grips and so far so good once dried up.

Hmm...
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UKE: Its a specialized grip on the drops. Nothing special.

Got it, thanks. Looks sweet.
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I have never used it on a bike but mighty tacky is some cool stuff and always comes off easy if you need it to. The thing about metal though, is glue is always temporary. Even the JB weld stuff, it may stick at first but sooner or later its coming off. Mighty tacky is cool because it dries to an almost rubber like product so even if it doesn't stick to the metal you would have a very tight fitting grip. It's also cheap.
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Get real bartape? honestly, theres a reason grips are used for flats and tape is used for drops.
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I'm of the belief that good grips should stay on without any help. I think a lot of people use things like hairspray or rubbing alcohol because they can slide the grip on and the stuff hopefully dries. Use air from a compressor to get the grip on. If the bar is clean and the inside of the grip is clean it shouldn't ever come off. Also grips aren't meant for drops but whatever.
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Get real bartape? honestly, theres a reason grips are used for flats and tape is used for drops.

Thanks for the very helpful response. Lock this thread up everyone. It seems I was wrong the whole time. Aduh... whats bartape? aduh...

God I wish sarcasm came across on the internet

Sorry, bad mood today......
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okay, time to apologize for that last one. I suck.

I understand that tape was made for a reason, but I like this setup, and many others do to. Just looking for an answer to my problem with these grips. I think its the bars. Has worked on many other drops before, just not these skinny, smooth, chrome ones.
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Grips like that use a dual compound with one of the compounds being pretty hard. They are prone to slipping. Even in my BMX days.
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okay... What kind. Not all glues are the same

And how would you remove them later if needed without destroying them
Elmer's water based glue is what I have used without any problems.
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double sided sticky tape(thin, NON-foam type) last forever, seriously. you'll have to cut off the track grips to get them off.

if you're gonna use this method, its best to user a pressure hose or bike pump to pressurize the bar & create space between the taped bar and the grip so you can slide it on.

a lot cleaner than glue.
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Old 11-18-08, 01:09 AM   #22
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you can find this tape at any hardware store worth its weight is lead.
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Old 11-18-08, 02:13 AM   #23
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all ive ever EVER used is either hairspray when i had it, or straight water. never had a grip pop off.


adhesive is great, but clean direct contact between rubber and steel is just as good. rinse off the grips and make sure theres no loose bits on the inside (same with the bars) and put the grips on wet. wait a day for them to dry and it should be all gravy
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Compressed air works best for me.

Slide that baby on about a quarter way with just a touch of rubbing alcohol, jam the nozzle in between the grip and the bar (be careful, you can scratch the bar) and inflate like a balloon. The pressure of the air should inflate and push the grip the opposite direction. Compensate by twisting and pushing the grip on while applying full air pressure. Once you've got it all centered up, let go of the air and the grip should instantly bind.

You can remove them the same way also.

I hope this made sense.
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