Introduction: How to Remove Your Handlebar Grips in One Piece

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Hi all! I was playing around with my bike:s handle bars the other day trying to figure out a modification. The handle bars were the beach cruiser type and I decided to shorten them up a bit, but I wanted to be able to re-use the handle grips. So here is how I handle the task.

Step 1:

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Tools you will need:
     WD-40 spray oil (or similar lubricant)
     Flat scre driver
     Your hands.

  Insert the tip of the screw driver into the grip a little bit and spray a little oil inside the grip by sticking the spraying straw along the screw driver.

Step 2:

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Push sxrew driver as far into the grip as you possibly can without rupturing it and spray a bit of oil again (repeat this step as many times as necessary, I only had to do this twice).

Step 3:

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twist grip a few times back and forth as you pull the grip out of the bar. It should slide out easily because of all that lubrication.  The oil will evaporate eventually but can still provide enough lubrication to push the grip back on if you do it the same day. Hope this helps : ) .


Kozz (author)2010-06-19

Although I've never personally tried it, I understand that bike shops sometimes use an air compressor & nozzle to "blow" the grips off. Obviously this may only work with particular kinds of grips.

bobbyderf123 (author)Kozz2011-03-23

compressed air works amazingly well; i work on bikes alot and have probably done this about 30+ times. J'ust put the air nozzle on the inside of the grips and blow air while pulling them off. The only time this really doesn't work is if your grips have a lot of holes in them.

unaffiliatedperson (author)2011-02-12

soap and water?

Sammers (author)2010-12-20

Window cleaner also works like a charm. Roll back as much as you can, give it a few squirts, and it will slide right off.

CaseyCase (author)2010-06-19

Rubbing alcohol works as well.

plasticbiker (author)2010-06-18

Try replacing WD40 w/ windex or soapy water. Evaporates much faster, and doesn't degrade rubber like WD40.

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