36. How to Replace Handlebar Grips
Learn how to easily remove handlebar grips and re-install them so they stay in place.
This week we'll learn how to remove and install handlebar grips. For this job, you'll need some replacement grips, a long, slim screwdriver or similar metal tool, a 5 or 6mm allen key to loosen your levers and shifters, some hairspray, and some WD-40 to loosen the old grips. While I don't recommend using WD-40 as a lubricant anywhere on your bike, this is one of the few times where it works well.
If you have bar-plugs you should remove these first. You'll also likely have to loosen the brake and shift levers and slide them in toward the middle of the handlebar. This will give us room to slide our screwdriver into the end of the grip.
Once you've got the screwdriver inside the grip, insert the WD-40 tube and give it a squirt or two. It doesn't take much get the grip loose enough so that you can easily wiggle it all the way off the end of the bar.
Before installing the new grips, make sure you wipe all off the bars first. If you're reinstalling the old grips, make sure you let the grip air-dry for a few minutes first so the WD-40 you used to remove it has time to evaporate.
Now spray a squirt or two of hairspray into the grip, and quickly work it onto the bar while the hairspray is still wet. It'll dry sticky and keep your grips in place. Then move your brake and shift levers back to where they were and tighten them.
My handlebar grips for my bike have this melted look and feel. The grips are really sticky and they stick to my gloves and hands. It feels really nasty, to be honest.
I've been trying to get them off my bike, but it won't budge. I've started cutting it off with a box knife, but it is really difficult to cut through it. I've managed to get some of it off, but it isn't enough. I feel this would take quite a couple of days to fully remove.
Are there any solvents or chemicals that will dissolve the handlebar grips? They're rubber as far as I can tell... Read more >>
I just returned to biking after many years away. I recently bought a used Lotus Champion. It rides great, but I find the drop handlebars extremely uncomfortable. I have been riding while holding the bike on the tops. This is not ideal because I do not get full access to the brakes. I now know I prefer a more upright bike. I love my Lotus and would not want to depart from it, but already I feel pain in my hand and neck from overextending.
My question is can I replace the drop handlebars to swept-back handlebars to achieve a more upright posture? There are two sets of breaks. The re... Read more >>
I have what I take to be an adjustable quill stem, after some research. I had a bit of an incident in which a wheel temporarily became slightly loose, and I think the angle of the stem somehow moved closer to 180. The handlebars aren't at the right angle. Anyway, I've unscrewed the angle adjusting bolt, but I can't get this thing to budge. What do I do?... Read more >>
Been noticing something in this years Tour, the pros bars seem more padded than mine - I use fizik tape. Apart from Paris Robaix, do the pros double wrap their bars, or is there a more padded tape available?... Read more >>
There are many reasons one may want to to do this Mod. I would like to show you how easy and inexpensive this can be done. We will go with the reason that I am looking for a Sport/Hybrid/Fitness Bicycle and cannot find one anywhere to suit me @ a good price. I want a good bicycle but do not have a lot of cash flow. I do not want a Dept. store bike just because that is all I think I can afford. So this is the plan. Find a nice 3x8 or 3x7 road bike and convert it to the flatbar bike I want to suit my needs. I choose these speeds because these type flatbar shifters can be had new on the cheap,gri... Read more >>
Title says it all -- seeking advice regarding pairing up a Ritchey Adjustable Stem with a Carbon Fiber flatbar.
The flatbar can be found here:
I have read some horror stories regarding carbon fiber handlebars (and parts in general), and I know that the Ritchey documentation seems to indicate that you should always use something that is "carbon compatible", of which the manual for the Ritchey ... Read more >>
My stem won't come out. I grabbed my allen wrench and tried to but the bolt just keeps spinning. And idk if this means anything but the bolt can come out easily. It just doesnt seem to lock on to anything so it just spins and spins.. Also do you guys know anything about this bike? My uncle just gave it to me yesterday.. (Miyata, ninety)... Read more >>
I'm looking for help with a bike I bought about a week ago, I would stress that this bike is brand new, not used before.
The bike arrived mostly assembled and one thing I needed to do was slot the handlebars + stem into the bike frame and tighten the bolt in order to hold the stem tight so it turns with the front wheel.
However when I tighten the bolt the handlebars + stem are still able to move with relative ease. I have attached some photos to help explain the problem.
As you can see when I move the front wheel the stem and handl... Read more >>
I made some videos to help out people that are new like me to repair this stock part. It's pretty simple and I found the exact two parts that fit perfectly. The sleeves from the stock even fit on the new handlebar. Check it out here.
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I built a Raleigh burner and the handle bars still move and squeak and I think it might be the ball bearings but I don't know what size ball bearing I need any help?... Read more >>
Looking for a bullhorn handlebar that is bent inward slightly in the grip area?
Like so /_\
Had pics of some on a phone but it's dead and gone now.... Read more >>
The Newton setting is printed on the stem. Would it be the same torque for the top bolt and the two sides?... Read more >>
Hello! Could you help me please. Today when I was riding it happened I think ten times. I try to turn the wheel, but the handlebar gets stuck. I push it harder and then it goes. What could that be?
The bicycle is relatively new (6 months or something).... Read more >>
was just given a used, but in excellent condition dahon helios bike. Reason for giving it away is that the stem at the very bottom locking mechanism( the one circled in the picture) is loose, so it is turning left or right with just applying small effort, which makes it dangerous to safe as as on as I try to steer, only stem goes in the desired direction, but wheel is keep going straight. I think it is the bracket that has an allen bolt on it( the one you use to fold the stem), but problem is that I can tighten it all the way. There is still about a 1mm gap between the two parts of the bracket... Read more >>
I bought this bike as a cheap fixer upper for my daughter. The bolt was missing from the top so i don't know what to do. I was thinking of putting a long screw driver down there and hitting it a few times but i decided to fill it with lubrication spray from and then post here too see if anyone might have a better idea.... Read more >>