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Old 07-31-07, 11:41 AM
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Long grips for integrated "bar ends"

I am getting ready to put some new components on an old bike, which is in semi-retirement as Dad's camping bike. (It's a Diamondback from the early 90s.) The bike has a set of aftermarket GT handlebars, with what I would call integrated bar ends. They could also be described as looking very similar to bullhorn handlebars.

The problem is: to get the new shifters/brake levers on, I will have to cut the old rubber grips off, and I can not find replacements for these very long grips anywhere I look. The grips themselves are probably about 10 inches long. Have any of you seen these out there? Will I be stuck using grip tape instead?
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Old 07-31-07, 01:02 PM
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MTB Grips should be about as wide as your hand. If you're not sasquatch, I would go ahead and use shorter ones.
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You shouldn't have to cut them off. Just pry up the both ends of the grip with a small screwdriver, and spray windex in them. Move the screwdriver around to get the windex all under the grip. It should slide right off. Same method to get on, sans the screwdriver.
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You could also buy some regular grips for the flat part of the bar and cut the end off so they slide all the way over past the bar end. Then, either skip grips for the bar ends or buy some dedicated bar end grips. Lizard Skins makes some that velcro on.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I should have mentioned that the current grips are in pretty rough shape, so even if they could come off intact, they're not worth saving. The idea of using regular grips plus Lizard Skins makes a lot of sense, but I'm starting to think that a very durable grip tape would be the best way to go.
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