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How do YOU remove grips from your bars?

Old 04-03-11, 05:50 PM
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How do YOU remove grips from your bars?

Just like the title says. I recently put on a set of Oury grips on my mountain bike to replace some Renthal grips and it got me thinking: how do other folks remove their grips from their handlebars? I'm also curious as to whether or not you reuse your grips. For instance, when you need to cut down your bars, would you like to reinstall your old grips or would you rather cut them off and install a fresh set?
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I don't reuse since I cut them off.
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I cut them off as well, supposedly putting a bit of any kind of lubricant on your bars when installing makes them easy to slide off in the future, but I've tried that, and it gives the grips too much play when riding. Oury grips are inexpensive to replace, and oooh, all the pretty colors!
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I reuse them - I put a flat screwdriver underneath the grip, spray some WD-40 in, let it sit, then slide it off, let it dry, spray hair say in, and put it back on.

https://bicycletutor.com/handlebar-grips/
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I just did this today. Replaced the stock grips on my wife's Dew Deluxe with Ergon BioKork. I followed the excellent suggestions on https://www.bicycletutor.com. I pried up the grip with a thin screwdriver and squirted some WD-40 in there. With a couple shots, the rubber let go of the bar and slid off.
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I use air to remove grips. An air compressor with a pin type end is best, but canned air with a straw works good also. No mess and both grips will take about 30 seconds.
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Use a turkey baster-injector type of syringe. Fill it with warm water and carefully work the needle between bar and grip about an inch or two then inject. Twist the grip to break it loose. Works like a charm.

Make sure it's all bone-dry before re-installing.
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i've always used rubbing alcohol to put grips on and off. it works like a charm as a very temporary lubricant. and because it's alcohol, it will entirely evaporate, leaving no film behind that would cause your grips to slip on the bar.
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As Steely Dan says. I've always used standard rubbing alcohol. Slide a thin screwdriver under the grip, dribble a little alky in, and the grip slides right off.
Re-install the same way... When the alcohol dries the grip is secure. Also, no residue as with lubricants.
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I use brake parts cleaner (automotive..have it about and used it for years for same task on my mo'sickles). Works like a charm and easy peasey. Rubbing alcohol as suggested by others here is also perfect.

For me that slim "straw" that you can fasten onto the nozzle of the can (brake parts cleaner) allows you go get it applied all the way back. No need to overdo it, just a quick spurt, rotate the grips and whoosh...they slide right off. Spray evaporates pronto and the grips are usable. Again...been doing it for years, works every time.
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Windex or air compressor.
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Originally Posted by AlmostGreenGuy
I use air to remove grips. An air compressor with a pin type end is best, but canned air with a straw works good also. No mess and both grips will take about 30 seconds.
Absolutely! Lacking a compressor, I've done it with a floor pump and ball inflator pin. Since you have to stop up the hole on the opposite grip, a second pair of hands would be nice. Note that the opposite grip may pop off fairly abruptly. They can certainly be reused.
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Air, no mess no fuss. They come off easily with no damage and are reusable
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Originally Posted by AlmostGreenGuy
I use air to remove grips. An air compressor with a pin type end is best, but canned air with a straw works good also. No mess and both grips will take about 30 seconds.
Ditto and I use cheap hairspray to put them back on.

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The nondestructive method is WATER. Wedge a flathead screwdriver between the handlebar and grips and dump water. Then DO THE TWIST. You may have to dump more water and do more twisting.

I'm going to have to try the air compressor method.
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Originally Posted by AlmostGreenGuy
I use air to remove grips. An air compressor with a pin type end is best, but canned air with a straw works good also. No mess and both grips will take about 30 seconds.
Can you give detailed steps so I don't injury myself or others when I do this method?
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There's not much to it. Assuming that you're using canned air, just slip the end of the little straw underneath the edge of the grip, and pump in the air.

If you use an air compressor with a pin type end (think basketball inflater) , slip the tip of the pin underneath the grip, and pump in the air.

The grip should just shoot right off.
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My method is a bit different, 531. In every case, the grips to be removed have had a small hole in the end. The inflator pin goes in the hole, though I've always had to use electrical tape around the pin to form an air seal. As I mentioned, you have to stop up the hole on the opposite grip to keep from losing your air pressure. Putting you finger over the hole sounds like you are fighting yourself, but the air will work its way around the grip and loosen it. When it starts to come off, change off and start putting the air into the grip that is now relatively loose. You can't hurt anything including yourself if the air comes from a bicycle type floor pump. I have never tried this with a powered air compressor, so I can't say if there are any dangers. There is going to be a metal bar plug between the end of grip and the bar. It might become lost in a cluttered garage. It also has a hole to let air in.
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1. chopstick, cheep ball point pen, bamboo skewer, etc jammed in there. (I'm always afraid of scratching bars with metal tools)
2. Alcohol or Windex squirted in there
3. Twist a bunch
4. repeat 3, 2 or even 1 as needed.

When I had air compressor access that was the sweet life.

Canned air never worked for me.
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I slide a large flathead screwdriver between the grip and the bar, lift, and squirt some Windex in there. I do this on the top and bottom of the bar to make it easier to remove. If the grip is still wet it slides back on easily too.
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I work an old spoke under the edge of the grip, squirt in some Windex, swirl the spoke around to spread the liquid around, then the grip will slide right off.

I use spray paint to re-apply, works better for me than hair spray.

(This, BTW, is for the family's bikes; I have Lock-On's.)
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