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Cork grips - can I glue them on already mounted?

Old 06-22-12, 08:20 AM
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Cork grips - can I glue them on already mounted?

So - my LBS did a full tune up and partial upgrade to my wife's Motobecane Grand Jubilee (vitas tubing mind you)... I took the drop bars off and went to some albatross bars with Suntour barcons. I had them install some Riv cork grips, but when I got the bike back the grips would spin on the bars. I questioned the LBS and got a blank stare back - saying that is the way it is supposed to be.... I decided not to fight and argue with them, and solve the problem myself.

In short, how can I apply some adhesive to a cork grip that is already mounted? I was thinking about trying to shoot some Gorilla glue under the corners forced up with a screwdriver? I am sure someone here has a better idea than this.

I should add the barcon cable goes underneath the cork grips.

I really like this bike, sprung B67 and all. Is it wrong to admit I like riding it :-)?

Thanks in advance
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Old 06-22-12, 08:43 AM
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I hate to glue things. Here's what I would try. Take them off and lay a strip or two of electrical tape along the bar...not wrapped, just straight. Test fit...adjust if it needs more or less tape. When it's going to be tight, use a little personal water based lubricant to get them on. Bob's your Uncle!
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Old 06-22-12, 08:47 AM
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Supposed to spin? I don't think so. I once used Krylon clear enamel spray for somewhat loose grips...sprayed the inside of the grip and pushed it on quickly before enamel dried. Waited an hour or two for enamel to dry and grips held tightly. I also had someone tell me they used hairspray. Note: In both cases they were "plastic" grips so I don't know about cork.
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If those cork grips stay loose they will tear pretty quick. Cork grips won't last unless glued on. If you pry the edges with a srewdriver they might tear. If there is a little gap where the cable runs under them maybe you can shoot enough there. The way I have put them on is to spray a good amount of contact cement inside then slide them on and let dry overnight. Even though it's a hastle if you don't want to mess with taking them off because of the barcons, I'd make the LBS fix it. They just didn't know they will tear if they slide around. Not to mention not very safe.
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Old 06-22-12, 10:39 AM
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Cork grips must be glued on. They're unsafe otherwise. That is posted on the Riv site, or it used to be. I use 3M #77 spray adhesive applied to the inside of the grips to avoid squeeze out.

Sounds like your LBS is staffed by incompetents. That's not unusual, I'm afraid.
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Old 06-22-12, 10:45 AM
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Man, those guys are just looking for a lawsuit. "Supposed to spin"?!? Man, that's just nuts...make 'em glue them on with just a little spray adhesive as mentioned. Or you could show them the Riv how-to video.

edit: the cables run under the grips? Hard to imagine how they accomplished that without tearing the cork. Riv sells a cork grip grooved for cables to go on the outside, but not in. I suppose you could cut a channel inside but it'd be hard and these guys don't sound like they do hard. That would keep them from spinning anyway......are they road grips going on MTB bars or something? Just having a hard time imagining your setup....

edit2: oh, I see, Albatross bars and Suntour barcons. Didn't read close enough - that's the standard Riv setup. Here's how they're supposed to go. If you have the ones without the precut grooves you can do your own with a rattail file. If it's already setup sorta like this, it should be pretty easy to pull the barcons off, pull the grips off and glue them on right:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VaUlzsDDvk

Originally Posted by E_merlin View Post
So - my LBS did a full tune up and partial upgrade to my wife's Motobecane Grand Jubilee (vitas tubing mind you)... I took the drop bars off and went to some albatross bars with Suntour barcons.

I really like this bike, sprung B67 and all. Is it wrong to admit I like riding it :-)?
Heck no - that sounds like a great bike! I'd have to take it away from my wife if it were hers. ;-)

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In the motorcycle world, some use "spray net" hair spray to "Glue" on their rubber grips on bars. I would think it would work similarly with cork grips. Much less mess to deal with when it comes time to remove and replace grips as remnants of the hair spray should come off with a mild solvent like mineral spirits.

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Here is a picture that may help
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Go to the first aid section of your pharmacy -- look for the self- adhesive rolled bandage -- I use that as a base wrap for my bars -- it's just sticky enough that things won't slide -- and provides a slight layer of padding.
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Originally Posted by KarmicPedals View Post
Go to the first aid section of your pharmacy -- look for the self- adhesive rolled bandage -- I use that as a base wrap for my bars -- it's just sticky enough that things won't slide -- and provides a slight layer of padding.
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Under cork grips?
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Old 06-22-12, 06:01 PM
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+1 on hair spray.
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
Under cork grips?
depends upon the amount of play -- just wrap so the edges don't catch as you're slipping on the grips.
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