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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 11-22-12, 04:00 PM   #1
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PSA: wait for your grips to dry in place

I put some Yoshido grips on my bullhorn today and went for a brief ride (got smokes). On the way back, i decided to try a skid in front of my house. The grips were loose-ish, but i figured the worst that could happen is they'd twist around a bit.

Instead, the right grip pulled off the bar in my hand and i fell down. No injuries, low speed, but yeah, don't be like me.

I know this invites "you dumb***" (deserved) replies, but it never occurred to me that loose grips could be a big deal on a fixed gear (had mine a month now). Consider this a dumbo PSA.

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Old 11-22-12, 04:13 PM   #2
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Grips are always a pain when I've tried to put them on. I've even used the alcohol / hair spray / whatever evaporating lubricant method and they never fully dry. Air compressor seems to be just about the best way to get them on without having to wait forever for it to dry.
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I usually use alcohol to assist sliding and an air compressor to assist drying
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Grips are always a pain when I've tried to put them on. I've even used the alcohol / hair spray / whatever evaporating lubricant method and they never fully dry. Air compressor seems to be just about the best way to get them on without having to wait forever for it to dry.
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alcohol (vodka, specifically) assisted with the install, but i did not bother drying them because i figured nothing bad would happen. my point was, don't ride with loose grips on a fixed gear or you may have a grip pull off to Real Bad effect.
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alcohol (vodka, specifically) assisted with the install, but i did not bother drying them because i figured nothing bad would happen. my point was, don't ride with loose grips on a fixed gear or you may have a grip pull off to Real Bad effect.
I have a feeling that you aren't telling us the whole story...
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ha! actually having a fixed bike has reduced my alcohol consumption. "tarck geo" and many dranx do not mix.
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alcohol (vodka, specifically) assisted with the install,
In the grips, or in you?
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you guys do know that you can use cable ties (zip ties) and put them inside you grip...slide it all on the handlebar...and then pull out the zip ties right?
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you guys do know that you can use cable ties (zip ties) and put them inside you grip...slide it all on the handlebar...and then pull out the zip ties right?
Definitely going to be giving that a try this week. All my years of BMX, switching out grips all the time, never heard of that one.
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I use the ziptie method too. Super easy.
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alcohol (vodka, specifically) assisted with the install, but i did not bother drying them because i figured nothing bad would happen. my point was, don't ride with loose grips on a fixed gear or you may have a grip pull off to Real Bad effect.
99% isopropyl dries faster and cleaner than vodka.
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