Wooden Bicycle Handlebar Grips.





Introduction: Wooden Bicycle Handlebar Grips.

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Have you ever thought of having wooden handlebar grips ?

I thought about it a lot; I didn't think that it would be possible but I tried and was amazed by the results.

So comfortable and tactile and very beautiful.

I used these grips on my 1930's path racer project; Please feel free to check it out.

Step 1: Step 1. the Tools and the Materials.


The wood that I used was an old curtain pole that had been in my neighbour's garden for about two years; it was rotten at the ends but that was no problem as I only needed about 8" of it. ( I chose it because it was just a little bit wider diameter than my handlebars; I also looked through my firewood but nothing was uniform enough.)

I used UHU contact glue. (Update: I used Two Part epoxy resin glue because I wanted to be sure of the grip).


The tools that you need are a drill and a 22mm spade bit.

(A drill press would be good and a lathe would be untold but I have neither of these.)

I also used a file,  a rasp and some sandpaper.

Step 2: Step 2- Drilling and Filing.

I held the wood in a vice and drilled; It was too rotten but I sawed the end off and started again.

i tried to keep it straight but the first two attempts split because I drilled off-centre and came through the side  . . . without a pillar drill it seemed impossible but third time lucky, it worked.

The fourth was off-centre but the fifth was another success.

I left about a 1/4" undrilled.

I think that it is a matter of luck but it worked.

They were too tight for my tester bars so I filed and rasped them out so that they could slide on and off the tester bars without too much fuss; I did not want to risk splitting them.; loose is OK because I want to use glue to secure them.

I gave them a quick sanding and slid them on my real handle bars..

Step 3: Step 3- Glueing Them On.

I simply used a contact adhesive.

This is an important step.( I made sure that these were really stuck fast before riding; I also check them periodically).

UPDATE- I decided to upgrade to  two-part epoxy resin glue just to be on the safe side.

Step 4: The Finish.

At first I used some furniture polish but it seemed to be absorbed too much and they still felt very dry and I was still worried about them cracking or being affected by the weather; the walls are only about 2mm thick.

I used a clear stain ; I checked to see if it had any nasties in it because I would be gripping it a lot but it was mainly linseed oil and tung oil with some varnish

After much riding I can report that these might just be the most comfortable grips that I have ever used.

Happy Riding.



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    Very nice idea, i would love more wood details on a bike!


    I just found out a few minutes ago that I've won a prize for this Instructable so thank you to anyone who voted; I'm smiling my face off.

    Good idea and a great bicycle. Congratulations with your prize for this Instructable.

    Awesome idea! I wonder if bamboo would work well too? It would be a lot easier, since it comes already hollowed out. But it might be too slick.

    Hello lighnin9,

    That's an interesting idea.
    I suppose that you could roughen them up a bit with sandpaper or even carve crosshatches into them. . . . . . .

    ......uhmm, such an interesting idea, in fact, that I just opened another window and typed in

    'crosshatch bamboo'= nothing,

    then 'bamboo grips'= http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?client=safari&rls=en&q=bamboo+grips&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=12604614674084532010&sa=X&ei=4C1QUJXjBuST0QW08IHYCw&ved=0CCkQ8wIwAQ#ps-sellers

     Go for it !

    I Would advise not to use bamboo (i've worked in the wooden flooring business).
    Except if you are planning to never use it in the rain and keep it in a very dry place.
    Bamboo get's mildew very quickly and it's not possible to sand it away because it really penetrates the bamboo.
    If you want to make bamboo handles anyway I advise you to first let it dry for a good time because otherwise it will just crack and afterwards finish it.
    Meanwhile you can admire my hand sewn leather grips. :)


    These are beautiful!

    Dear Katusha,

    Thank you for your complimentary reply.

    Wood Is good.

    Kind regards


    That truly is a beautiful bicycle. I'm very fond of the dropped North Road style handlebars. Looks great.

    Dear Keremulu,

    Thank you for your comments.

    The bike is relatively modern, but it is my attempt to recreate a 1930's style path racer.

    North road bars are fun to ride.

    Kind regards