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.
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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 >>
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ok I got a lot of great advice yesterday on a shifter, lets see how ya do on this, I have a giant mountain bike with a 23" frame which is nice when you're six foot six inches tall, what I'd like to do is change the handle bar stem to an adjustable one. looking on ebay I see several of them but there a lot of different sizes, my question is what size do I need? I plan on reusing the handle bars which I don't know? do I need a certain size for those as well? or just for the stem? you pulled me out of the fire yesterday can you help with this as well? thanks in advance, I love to ride but I am a ... Read more >>
Hi guys, this is my first post so I hope I'm putting it in the right place.
Also had a quick look around the site and couldn't find he answer so here it goes.
Picked myself up a little project, and old 70's/80's road bike (British I think)
I have been taking it apart with the idea of slowly fixing it up, I have completely stripped it down, almost ready to strip the paint, my last thing is the stem which seams to have somehow sealed itself to the forks.
There is a Allen bolt at the top which is very stiff and now become worn with my efforts to get it to loosen.<... Read more >>
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I recently acquired a Mongoose mtn bike and have found the handlebars to be loose in the quill. I tried tightening the bolt but still had the problem. I get the most trouble when climbing. The strange thing is, these are low rise bars, when they tilt back I can move them side to side but forward they tighten up. I haven't fully taken it apart but figure its one or the other. Any comments for repair?
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Hello fellow cyclists,
I own a Cannondale Quick cx 4 which i recently decided to change to a drop bar handlebar from the flat bar. WELL, I am a fool because i damaged my shimano sl m310 gear shifter by trying to force it on to my new FSA Omega Compact Road Handelbar since it was not the same width as the cannondale drop bar it came with! Now I want to just purchase these Shimano brake/shifter combo to end my fury with this handlebar haulover disaster ... Read more >>
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The forks face the wrong way and the handlebars the right way.
But if i spin the spin the wheel to make the forks face the correct way, there is no way for me to correct the handlebars as they have this 'slanted slotting' system.
I badly drew a diagram for you to maybe understand a little. But it seems to me that the bike wa... Read more >>
I bought a asian import carbon fork (hope that doesn't offend anyone a I know some get steamed over carbon imports).
The carbon stem is extremely tight going on. Will a paste help? (I have ordered some, has not arrived yet) There seems to be a slight ridge on fork, is this normal? Can a safely/lightly sand this ridge area?
Sorry for my noobness to carbon, I have been off a bike for 20 years (last bike was a Medici with Columbus tubing)
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