Fitting New Grips

truespintruespin Posts: 155
edited June 2009 in MTB workshop & tech
My current grips are beginning to get a bit twisty and moving around on the bars so am planning on getting some lock-on grips.

However, trying to remove/move the current grips is proving to be a royal pain in the a$$ and I assume that fitting the new ones won't be any easier...

Is there some sort of secret that I'm missing out on? Any tips?

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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 82,097 Lives Here
    fitting the Lock on is very easy.

    to remove the old ones blow compressed air form a compressor down then and they will come off.

    Or some lube between the grip and the bar and the work it off. then clean very well.
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  • elPedro666elPedro666 Posts: 1,060
    Hairspray's always worked well for me - both sliding off & sticking back on! Just lever the grip up a little so you can spray it right under.
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  • Steve_b77Steve_b77 Posts: 1,906
    Blowing them off with compressed air is down right dangerous, one false slip and you've got a serious hospital trip on your hands.

    Just slice the top of the old grip with a stanley knife and pull/peel them off.
  • truespintruespin Posts: 155
    Thanks for the advise everyone - I've not got compressed air anyway so sound like I've avoided potential pain ;)

    I think I'll give the hairspray trick a go and if all else fails get at it with my knife :)
  • elPedro666elPedro666 Posts: 1,060
    The hairspray never fails!

    If you do use the knife be uber-careful - even small scratches on the bar's surface can cause stress points to form. This is A Bad Thing.

    But you needn't worry 'cause the hairspray always works 8)
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    25.0mm-26.2mm seatpost shim
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    RH thumbie
    700x28c CX tyres&tubs
    Flatbars 620mm 25,4mm & swept, ti in an ideal world
  • truespintruespin Posts: 155
    heh cool - I'll put my faith in the all-powerful hairspray :)
  • bomberesquebomberesque Posts: 1,701
    I jam a thin screwdriver up under the grip then spray WD40 or similar in there. They tend to work off pretty easily then

    As stated, Lock-ons are no problem as they are loose fit until you cinch the bolts up.
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  • hairspray when fitting, knife when removing. don't use hairspray with lockons- not needed.
  • nonnac85nonnac85 Posts: 1,608
    put an old spoke under the edge of the grip then drop some washing up liquid in the gap. Then if you twist the grip it will come off. Make sure you dry the bar before you put the new grips on.
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