36. How to Replace Handlebar Grips

Learn how to easily remove handlebar grips and re-install them so they stay in place.

IMPORTANT: Nuts and bolts on your bike should always be tightened to the manufacturer's specifications.
How to Replace Handlebar Grips
DVD Vol. 2 DVD Volume 2
This video is available on DVD

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.

Grip Removal

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.

Grip Installation

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.

Tags

Related Links

Discuss this topic in the Handlebar Forums

10/21 Quill stem issue

Hi guys,

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 >>

09/19 V2100 Handlebar/Stem repair video

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOyw-1gzyz4&feature=autoshare... Read more >>

07/30 Raleigh burner original handlebars ball bearings

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 >>

06/20 Bullhorns

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 >>

05/06 Carbon fiber stem

The Newton setting is printed on the stem. Would it be the same torque for the top bolt and the two sides?... Read more >>

03/29 I cannot turn the wheel. It gets stuck

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 >>

03/16 Dahon Helios Folding Bike Loose Stem( bottom locking part)

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 >>

01/26 How can i remove stem with missing top bolt.

Hi all
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 >>

12/10 Cruiser Handlebar Dimensions

I know it's kind of boring & I don't know if this will help anyone, but it sure would have helped me a few years ago when I was trying to figure out which bar to go with when I was about to Cruiserfy an old MTB/Comfort bike. . The Reach dimension, how far the bar comes back towards you is really good to know. I listed grip length in case you were considering the feasibility of grip shifters, brake levers, bells etc...


Read more >>

12/08 Help removing a broken stem bolt

While trying to remove my old 3ttt black quill stem, the bolt on the top that loosens the stem broke off as shown in the picture. I've read that you can cut off the stem, but I currently do not have access to those kind of tools. Are there any other ways that I can remove the stem?... Read more >>

09/29 Bike Grips ?

I need to get a new set of grips for a ladies Trek Navagator.The left side grip is one length and the right side is another,so when buying grips do shop by length of grip and handle bar diameter or make of bike? I notice alot of grips advertised don't even have dimensions listed.... Read more >>

09/13 Threaded headset adjustment

How do I tighten the threaded headset on my 1996 men's roadmaster MT Zone 15 speed bike with the Vanguard brake assembly sitting on it?... Read more >>

08/21 Twist grip shifters

denaligmcpics

Hey guys i wanted to ask if any one has put twist grip shiters on drop handle bars as shown in this video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlmeWjQ53_A&feature=youtube_gdata_player

There this bike a gmc denali that has them i think is pretty nifty. I would like to in stall something like that on some b... Read more >>

08/07 Baffling quill stem issues, new assembly

I just purchased a new bike, a 2011 Marin Bridgeway.

Unboxing and assembly went pretty great until I threw a bit of weight into the handle bars and the stem twisted without the forks.

So, I reefed on the tightening bolt. Just enough to hurt the thumb pushing the allen wrench. I didn't want to bust any threads but it was good and hard. It still slipped under moderately hard handlebar pressure.

Disassembled, everything seemed ok, looked down the steer tube with a flashlight from the top, everything seemed all right. Put it back together. Same problem.<... Read more >>

08/05 Unable to loosen and remove.

hey,

I've recently been renovating a bike that has been sitting in my garden for quite some time. On a closer inspection I could see that some of the welds had warn and that the stem had bent. I removed the bolt from the top of the handle bars and was unable to remove the handle bars. Knowing that I didn't need the stem I resorted to sawing it in half,

[Image: kWY3Zaz.jpg?1]

I then found another set of handle bars and forks on another bike that are the same size as the ones I had sawn of... Read more >>

New Thread
How to Replace Handlebar Grips
Repair Guide / Help Forums

Free Email Updates: