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    risers: normal grips vs/ lock ons?

    why hello there

    sooo i was curious about risers, most specifically regarding grips.

    lets say i have some normal risers with normal oury grips on them...however i think i would like them to be slightly wider....perhaps a half inch each side.

    i am curious about lock on grips....so do they clamp onto the bar and tighten by screwing them on or something? i honestly have no clue about lock on grips....i was sort of hoping it would be possible to buy some oury lock on grips to replace the basic ones i have on there now....was thinking lock ons are completely rigid and as long as a large majority of the grip was interfacing with the bars then maybe i could slightly widen the cockpit...

    but maybe not. just curious. thanks!
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    The lock on grips have locks on either side, the whole thing needs to be on the bar, but I love them because you can take them on and off more than once with great ease... Plus they lock on, no slipping, no worries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilcphoto View Post
    The lock on grips have locks on either side, the whole thing needs to be on the bar, but I love them because you can take them on and off more than once with great ease... Plus they lock on, no slipping, no worries.
    so i guess i couldn't have them a half inch off the bar to artificially widen the overall width of the handlebars?
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    I'm not really a fan of lock ons. They are pretty thick, and since I have somewhat smaller hands, I found them a little less comfortable than regular grips. They are also heavier, if you care that much. plus you need to be careful tightening them, or the bolts will strip easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PlattsVegas View Post
    I'm not really a fan of lock ons. They are pretty thick, and since I have somewhat smaller hands, I found them a little less comfortable than regular grips. They are also heavier, if you care that much. plus you need to be careful tightening them, or the bolts will strip easily.
    My Oury's are thicker than my PDW Lock-on's . . . Can't comment on weight, but I would say I can't feel the weight between the two, and Lastly, I completely agree with you on the stripping them...they are very small Allen wrench bolts that are quite easy to strip.

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    track grips.
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    thats good to know, thanks for sharing that :)
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    if you use the computer duster blowers, you can slip grips on really easy

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    oury lock ons > ourys
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyeswho View Post
    if you use the computer duster blowers, you can slip grips on really easy
    Getting them on is the easy part...taking them off is not. Oury's come off pretty easy, but I had to cut off my All-City's :-(... sad sad day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilcphoto View Post
    The lock on grips have locks on either side, the whole thing needs to be on the bar, but I love them because you can take them on and off more than once with great ease... Plus they lock on, no slipping, no worries.
    so just to reiterate, you are saying the end of the lockon grip NEEDS to be flush with the end of the bar to stay on, and trying to install the lockon grip a half inch or so off the bar (in order to extend the bars a touch) is NOT possible, correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by illdthedj View Post
    so just to reiterate, you are saying the end of the lockon grip NEEDS to be flush with the end of the bar to stay on, and trying to install the lockon grip a half inch or so off the bar (in order to extend the bars a touch) is NOT possible, correct?
    Yup, you can't lock on to air.

    Risers are as cheap as a good set of lock-on grips, just get another bar if you cut yours too narrrow.
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    Grips I think are a pretty personal thing like saddles, shoes, and helmets. Me personally I use only ESI Chunkies on all of my flat bar bikes. I find due to lock ons having a hard plastic underneath the grip it hurts my hands on extended rides while ESI is cushion all the way through which allows me to ride longer.

    A lot of times if I want them off I just go down to my LBS (usually just bike) and use their compressor to pop them off. I usually only change grips once a year maybe less. Another way to do it is get some hair spray (I prefer unscented) under the grip and it will come right off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianjk View Post
    Yup, you can't lock on to air.

    Risers are as cheap as a good set of lock-on grips, just get another bar if you cut yours too narrrow.
    makes sense. hmmm...

    well, might as well ask: Any feasible/crafty way to extend bars a half inch or so if you cut them too short? maybe take the nubs i have left and.....hmmm probably not lol

    yah i think i might just bite the bullet and buy new risers.
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    i think im going to invest in welding tools to extend my 15 dollar risers lol
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    Just put them on Craigslist and get some new ones. If my neighborhood is any indication, there is an insatiable demand for too narrow risers. Just make sure you put "fixie" in the title of the post and they'll be gone in an hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pink57 View Post
    ... lock ons having a hard plastic underneath the grip ...
    Because of that ^^^ It is possible, to move them out an half inch or so and only use the inside lock ( ring/clamp )

    ... if thats safe or not, is another thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinus View Post
    Because of that ^^^ It is possible, to move them out an half inch or so and only use the inside lock ( ring/clamp )

    ... if thats safe or not, is another thread.

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    wrong! There is 2 lockrings... one on both ends. If you clamped down one, it wouldn't take much force to twist it off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilcphoto View Post
    wrong! There is 2 lockrings... one on both ends. If you clamped down one, it wouldn't take much force to twist it off.

    If you, can't tighten a tiny allen bolt. I doubt you can, "twist it off" ...

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